|Dawn Landes — Meet Me at the River (August 10, 2018)|
Dawn Landes — Meet Me at the River (August 10, 2018)
♠ Missouri~born, Louisville, Kentucky~raised singer and songwriter who is also an in~demand sound engineer. Dawn Landes is a singer~songwriter now living in Nashville, TN. She has released multiple albums and her songs have been featured in commercials, popular films, and TV shows. Landes tours internationally and has performed with The Boston Pops, NYC Ballet, and at TED.
Born: December 5, 1980 in Branson, MO
Styles: Contemporary Singer~Songwriter, Americana, Bluegrass
Location: Nashville, TN
Album release: August 10, 2018
Record Label: Yep Roc Records
01. Meet Me at the River 3:36
02. Traveling 3:16
03. Why They Name Whiskey After Men 3:28
04. Old Memories 3:21
05. Wind and Rain 3:27
06. What Will I Do 2:49
07. Southern Girl 2:22
08. How to Say ‘I Love You’ 2:28
09. Keep On Moving 3:09
10. My Church 3:06
11. What Is the Color of the Soul of Man 2:36
12. I Don’t Dance (feat. Bobby Bare) 3:08
℗ 2018 Yep Roc Records
• Kolekce dvanácti skladeb vychází z nečekaného partnerství s legendou Nashville Fredem Fosterem, jehož seznam producentských kreditů zahrnuje „Hey Pretty Woman“ od Roy Orbisona, debutové album Dolly Parton a Kris Kristoffersonovo #1 ‘Jesus Was A Capricorn’. Spolupráce s Country Music Hall of Famer nebyla pro Landes daleko od předvídatelného kroku, jejíž předchozími spolupracovníky byli Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Norah Jones, Will Oldham a Andrew Bird. Navzdory tomu, že se Landes a Foster vynořili jako hudebně nesourodý pár, přinesli to nejlepší ze svých příslušných světů. A tak došlo na setkání v Meet Me at the River, čímž vytvořili něco, čeho by se konvenční umělecké partnerství snad ani nikdy nedotklo. Na tomto albu Landes oživila pár ztracených drahokamů od písničkáře Jimmyho Driftwooda, Fosterova spolupracovníka z 60. let 20. století. Jeho politicky nabitá „What Is The Color Of The Soul of a Man“ pookřála v rukou Landes obzvláště hmatatelně, dokonce i navzdory 55 let od jejího prvního vydání.
• Meet Me At The River is Landes’ self~described „Nashville record“, and she has assured its pedigree by enlisting the production skills of Fred Foster, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who played a pivotal role in the careers of Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, and Kris Kristofferson. Two years ago, Landes reached out to Foster, and a four~hour visit to his Nashville home convinced both they were musical kindred spirits. With roots in both Louisville, Kentucky, and Branson, Missouri, Landes has been attracting ardent fans and critical acclaim since entering New York’s music scene in 2000. Along the way, she has collaborated with such contemporaries as Sufjan Stevens, Justin Townes Earle, and Norah Jones, creating music for albums, movies, and television that crosses folk, rock, and alternative genres.
• In Her Words: „I was lucky enough to work with the legendary producer Fred Foster for my new record. Fred has been making hits for most of his 87 years. Merle Haggard once said, 'he lives in the songs.’ He does, he’s there in ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ and Dolly Parton’s first hit, ‘Dumb Blonde.’ I learned so much working with Fred on this record and I’m really proud of it. Some of my favorite lessons were: * ‘Keep it conversational.’ If you can speak the lyric and it reads, it’s all the morepowerful. * ‘A great song can be sung by anyone in any style and any meter.’ He learned this from the great publisher Fred Rose, who sat at a piano and played him Hoagy Carmichael’s „Starlight“ in its popular form, then in 3/4 time, then in a Western swing style. They all worked. * ‘The feel is the thing. If you’re in the wrong tempo you won’t have the feel.’ The drummer Eddie Bayers who played on the album has said that Fred sets the best tempos of anybody. I believe it. We recorded everything in Nashville with the heaviest hitters around: Kyle Lehning, Charlie McCoy, Steve Gibson, Bobby Wood, Eddie Bayers, Russ Pahl, Larry Paxton, Larry Franklin and more.“ — Dawn Landes
♠♠ dawn’s Music (2005)
♠♠ Two Three Four (2006)
♠♠ Fireproof (2008)
♠♠ Sweetheart Rodeo (2010)
♠♠ Bluebird (2014)
♠♠ Meet Me at the River (2018)
♠♠ Straight Lines (2005)
♠♠ Mal Habillée (2012)
By Josh Weinberg, Published Aug 07, 2018. Score: 8
• Good storytelling and country music are meant to go together. For singer~songwriter Dawn Landes, the results make for one impressive collection on Meet Me at the River. Her teaming with legendary Nashville producer Fred Foster may seem unorthodox, but it works to perfection. Plenty of slide guitar and clap~along beats soundtrack Landes’s beautiful delivery.
• Landes chronicles a much~needed excursion on „Traveling“ — wanting to see the sun rise over Graceland and explore wherever the road of life takes her. The opening harmonica solo and organ breakdown on „Why They Name Whiskey After Men“ spices up a song comparing men to alcohol (because it’s true, they can both taste good and leave a lot of pain afterwards).
• Providing backup for Landes on this record is an absolute A~team of musicians, from the stomp~clap rhythm of „Keep On Moving“ to an excellent acoustic guitar line to the superb cover of Johnny Driftwood’s „What Is the Color of the Soul of a Man.“ It’s the closest to blues this record gets, and worth every second.
• The best example of what this album does, however, is on „What Will I Do,“ a beautiful song, complete with harmonious backing vocals. A song about pondering risk v. reward, but „only the moon and stars can know“ what is right. It’s clear that Dawn’s songwriting is one of her many strengths, as Meet Me at the River is only too proud to showcase.