After a lot of searching, I’ve nailed down a producer and an amazing studio in Nashville to record my fourth album in early January 2020: The Henhouse Studio, with producer Steve Dawson!
The Henhouse uses a unique set of analog equipment which then ports to ProTools, giving the best of both worlds form a sound point of view. What else is super cool is that he’s CANADIAN! And he’s definitely more a folk-roots producer than a commercial country producer.
Here’s a run-down off his website: “A native of Vancouver, Canada, but currently residing in Nashville, where he works as a solo artist, sideman, and record producer, Steve has forged an impressive career full of highlights and awards, including:
7 Juno Awards as artist/producer, 18 times nominated
3 times named “Producer Of The Year” at Western Canadian Music Awards
4 times named “Producer Of The Year” at Canadian Folk Music Awards
Recipient of many other awards including Maple Blues Awards, Grand Prix De Jazz De Montreal, Blues Blast Awards, and many Western Canadian Music Awards and Canadian Folk Awards as an artist and producer
Steve’s multi-faceted career has brought him to countless international festivals, working on the stage and in the studio with an extensive cast of musicians, including John Hammond, Sonny Landreth, Van Dyke Parks, Colin James, Jim Byrnes, Jill Barber, Dave Alvin, Bob Brozman, Tim O’Brien, Fats Kaplin, Colin James, The McCrary Sisters, Matt Chamberlain, Del Rey, Long John Baldry, Bruce Cockburn, Kelly Joe Phelps, Linda McRae, CR Avery, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Geoff Muldaur, Scott Amendola, Danny Barnes, The Deep Dark Woods, Colin Linden, and many others.”
I am humbled and honoured to be working with him. In addition to playing incredible guitar and other strings himself, Steve has booked a seriously amazing rhythm section for me: Jeremy Holmes on bass, and Jamie Dick on drums. Jeremy is a serious acoustic/upright player from Vancouver as well – travels to Nashville frequently to work with Steve, and has recorded with a huge list of folk artists like Carolyn Mark, Matt Paterschuk, Jim Byrnes and many more. Jamie is a touring musician based in Nashville who has toured the world with Rhiannon Giddens (who had a guest role on the TV show, “Nashville”) and the one and only Bela Fleck (probably the world’s biggest banjo player).
So, somehow I squeezed myself into the calendars of these three heavyweight musical titans. You better believe I will be practicing my arse off to prepare…recording the album is going to be a mind-blowing experience!