Julian Dawson LIVING GOOD

Fledgling ………

Nashville gem from Brit forgotten in his homeland

Dawson, Brit singer-songwriter/ harmonica whiz/author and creator of 22 fine albums, is overlooked at home but is a star in Europe and well respected in the US. Here, he continues his fruitful partnership with veteran American country-soul songwriter/producer Dann Penn. The result is a rich, soulful acoustic album, Penn at the controls in Nashville and co-writing a couple of numbers.

Dawson’s Beatlesque tunefulness and engaging vocals shine through in the big analogue production but there’s much more going on. When Hearts Collide, an electro-pop era song of Dawson’s, is reimagined in reflective fashion, Penn spontaneously adding gruff backing vocals while Nashville guitar great Michael Henderson provides killer licks.

Other guests include country/folk duo Barry and Holly Tashian (adding vocals alongside Penn to the enchanting opener Roll With The Animals) and A-list bassist Michael Rhodes. He and Henderson team up to provide backing on the rocking, rolling Lorraine, Lorraine.

The deceptively simple sound of the album, which manages to be both good-humoured and moving, hides a great deal of sophistication. Nick Dalton

www.juliandawson.com

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