The third solo album from Paul Handyside has all the elements required to become wholly memorable. Whether he’s writing with touches of English folk or an edge of Americana, mixing tradition and original, narrative or ballad, the distinction and tide-timber-grain by Paul Handyside combination makes ‘Tide, Timber and Grain’ so thoroughly listenable it’s heading for ‘replay’ the second it finishes. Warm and compassionate vocals, softly struck and emotive guitar, poignant and piercing lyrics – there’s everything here that ensures that ‘Tide, Timber and Grain’ strikes home.
Juno Award-winning guitarist Steve Dawson heads up the Canadian faction of the league of special slide men. Those whose sting and twang mix magnificently with touch. Elmore James had his singular panache. Ry Cooder and Jack Pearson are among the several who mesmerize today. Each springs to mind at times while listening to the Berklee-trained Dawson go to town on Solid States & Loose Ends, his seventh solo set of ruminations, interpretations, and string manipulations.Clearly, the man’s multifarious guitar chops are in order, but that’s just the tip. Dawson also writes absorbing songs, sings in a gratifying tenor, produces attention-grabbing sound, and owns the studio and the record label.
Their focus on the craft of songwriting is displayed in the rich, textured musical layers they create to underscore their introspective, honest & heartfelt lyrics. This combines into a powerfully stirring live show that’s been winning over audiences everywhere.
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