Steve Daw­son

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Fred Del­lar

★★★★ Lucky Hand BLACK HEN MU­SIC. CD/DL Award-win­ning Cana­dian muso aces it with his lat­est acous­tic re­lease.

The Canuck gui­tarist’s eighth al­bum is a purely in­stru­men­tal acous­tic foray. Though it’s not that sim­ple. For the Juno award-win­ner em­ploys a string quar­tet on sev­eral tracks, not merely as a set­ting but as an in­te­gral part of each com­po­si­tion, pro­vid­ing an in­trigu­ing sound that en­hances Daw­son’s Kot­tke-Fa­hey in­formed ap­proach to his mu­sic. Recorded in his own Hen­house Stu­dio in Nashville, with up to a dozen mi­cro­phones po­si­tioned to doc­u­ment every nu­ance of the pro­ceed­ings, Lucky Hand, with its creative Jesse Zubot ar­range­ments, is an ab­so­lute joy, one fur­ther en­hanced by in­ter­play with man­dolin­ist John Reis­chman and a Ben­to­nia Blues on which Daw­son du­els with Nashville har­mon­ica hero Char­lie McCoy.

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