David Essig's new CD, Declaration Day, is an exciting blend of original songs and traditional roots music - served up with David's trademark gutsy vocal delivery and burning slide guitar. For his 19th album project, David delivers 6 brand new original songs, a reworking of one of his early classics, and a generous helping of the blues.
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The Old Account
Three Weeks Home
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The Wild Girl
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Your Mother’s Shoes
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Keep Your Lamp Trimmed…
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Hot Time in the Old Town / Too Many Moments Of Silence
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The story of the front cover: Milena found the
image on a snapshot from WW
II in a box of old photos in a junk store in
Honolulu. We figure it's a guy
on leave or after the war's over - somewhere in
the So. Pacific and that he
had the picture made to send home to show his
family he was OK. Milena
thought the picture looks like the protagonist in
"Declaration Day" and that
I am represented by the guy inside the tent,
sitting at a table writing...
So far, everyone seems to like the cover, but I've
had a lot of friends and
fans come up and say, "that's not you, is
it?"....just goes to show how
expectations sometimes work. - David Essig
Over the thirty years of his career in Canada and around the world, David's songwriting has always been marked by a certain sense of thoughtfulness and a depth of emotion - Declaration Day certainly holds true to this pattern. The opening title cut is a complex and multi-layered story of despair and eventual redemption. This sets the tone for the ret of the CD as David moves from evocative country-tinged ballads like Fair Days, and Your Mother's Shoes, to the Sacred Steel influenced traditional blues of The Old Account and White Dove - all firmly planted in that classic Canadian roots sound.
David Essig created Declaration Day primarily in his new studio on Thetis Island, in British Columbia, Canada. For half the tunes on the project, he moved the recording equipment to southern Alberta to record the bed tracks with legendary Canadian blues sidemen: bassist James "Suitcase" Stanley and drummer Kevin Belzner. Recorded in an old movie theatre in the small town of High River, these trio sessions capture the plaintive, lonesome sound of the blues - David calls it "that Skip James meets Houndog Taylor sound."
David then recorded the remainder of the bed tracks and did all of the overdubs and mixing back at his studio on Thetis Island. He played and sang all of the parts himself, taking advantage of the prodigious technical capabilities of the Yamaha Digital recording system in his new studio. As a surprising twist, David added Sacred Steel flavoured parts to several of the tunes, capturing that Campbell Brothers sound on his vintage Fender steel guitar.
Declaration Day is a landmark album in a career that spans over 30 years of performing and recording. David Essig has won audiences around the world with his unique blend of original songs and traditional blues and country. "It's like I've got Muddy on one shoulder and Bill Monroe on the other, and they're both whispering in my ears: 'keep it simple, son - keep it real simple."
One advance reviewer has already called Declaration Day "a triumph…with stunning poetic images and finely-drawn narratives."
Words and Music by David Essig, © Peregrin Songs, SOCAN
On Songs 3b, 6, 7, 8, 9
Kevin Belzner: Drums
James "Suitcase" Stanley": Bass
David Essig: Guitars and Vocals
On Songs 1, 2. 3a, 4, 5, 10
David Essig: All Instruments and Vocals
Produced by David Essig
Recorded by David Essig (Thetis Island, BC) and David Horroks (Alberta)
Europe: Umberto Tonello, Cuneo, Italy (171-603120, 171-66329)
North America: Gary Cristall, Vancouver, BC (604-215-9077) firstname.lastname@example.org