Steve Dawson – Rattlesnake Cage


Multi-talented Steve Dawson is always in demand, whether it’s taking the helm as a producer (his credits include albums with Jim Byrnes, Kelly Joe Phelps,Old Man Luedecke, The Sojourners and The Deep Dark Woods) or as a session player on numerous recordings let along running his Black Hen Music label it’s a wonder he finds the time for his own work, on Rattlesnake Cage, now resident in Nashville the Canadian from Vancouver a serial Juno award winner (seven and counting) has created a showcase for his amazing guitar playing.

This all instrumental recording was recorded with just Steve, his guitar and a single vintage tube microphone a magical piece of analogue kit that was rescued after decades of hanging from the ceiling of an old theatre in Detroit and that perfectly captures the bared intricacy and nuances of the guitar playing, Steve utilises a series of instruments both 6 and 12 string acoustics a fabled National steel guitar and a Weissenborn, as one who can barely create a decent chord from a guitar listening to Steve play is mesmerising and at times hypnotic.

Steve Dawson

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Steve Dawson “Live at Simon’s” (2011)

Live at Simons

Beat Surrender favourite Steve Dawson has released a live album via Bandcamp, recorded on April 5th, Steve’s birthday at Simon’s a bar Edgewater, Chicago it’s a wonderfully relaxed affair, aided no doubt by a celebratory snifter or two it’s the perfect accompaniment to the lengthening evenings Live At Simon’s features the man himself along with Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke, Frank Rosaly and of course Diane Christiansen.



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