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WATCH: Steve Dawson, “House Carpenter”

Mar 2, 2023

WATCH: Steve Dawson,

Artist: Steve Dawson
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Song: “House Carpenter”
Album: Eyes Closed, Dreaming
Release Date: March 24, 2023
Label: Black Hen Music

In Their Words: “This is a traditional song that I’ve played over the years in different forms and with different people. I first learned of it when I was playing in Kelly Joe Phelps’ band and he would pull this one out every now and again, although he did it in a totally different way. I suppose the version that I knew the best was by Tony Rice, so this is somewhat inspired by his version. It’s one of those songs that has many versions, many different melodies, and many different sets of lyrics. The album version features Jay Bellerose on drums, Jeremy Holmes on bass, Chris Gestrin on Moog and Tim O’Brien on mandolin. This live version was recorded with my live band — Joachim Cooder on drums and mbira, Jeremy Holmes on bass, and Darryl Havers on keyboards. I was honored to have John Reischman sit in with us on this one on mandolin. John is someone who I got to know while living in Vancouver and is one of the more inspiring musicians and humans to hang and play music with! I’m using an unusual tuning on the Weissenborn to get an interesting quality to the guitar sound, and hopefully we’ve managed to produce a worthy version of this fine trad tune.” — Steve Dawson

Photo Credit: Laura E. Partain

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