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Steve Dawson has become such an indelible fixture on the North America musical landscape that it’s tempting to take him for granted. The music that flows out of him is so natural and authentic, that it seems almost effortless, but behind the stream of award winning output (he has produced or played on more than 80 albums, 7 of which have won Juno Awards), resides one of the hardest working musicians on the scene. Whether he’s turning heads on the concert circuit with his virtuosic performances, or pulling the best out of the many artists he works with, Dawson is always striving to take things to the next level.
A native of Vancouver who now resides in the musical mecca of Nashville (where he runs his Black Hen record label and Hen House recording studio), Steve has forged an impressive career of seemingly non-stop music making. He’s worked on the stage and in studio with a dizzying array of world class artists, including John Hammond, Sonny Landreth, Van Dyke Parks, Colin James, Jim Byrnes, Jill Barber, Dave Alvin, Tim O’Brien, Madeleine Peyroux, The McCrary Sisters, Matt Chamberlain, Long John Baldry, Bruce Cockburn, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Scott Amendola, Colin Linden, and many more. As a natural outgrowth of these many collaborations, in 2014, he launched a new live touring juggernaut coined “The Black Hen Travelling Roadshow Revue”. The moveable feast brings together a rotating cast of featured artists, all coming together for a night of unforgettable, old-time entertainment.
Dawson has also amassed his own impressive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings, which he regularly tours in support of. Starting with 2001’s award-winning acoustic roots album “Bug Parade”, he next explored blues and Hawaiian influences on 2005’s “We Belong To The Gold Coast”. 2008 saw the release of 2 more albums; “Telescope”, a pedal steel opus inspired by his extensive study of the instrument with the legendary Greg Leisz, and “Waiting For The Lights To Come Up”, a collection of new songs from his always busy composer’s pen. He followed that up with 2011′s “Nightshade”, which Acoustic Guitar Magazine named one of the Top10 Albums of the Year and his latest “Rattlesnake Cage” – an exploration of solo acoustic guitar mastery inspired by the early American Primitive recordings of John Fahey and Leo Kottke, that NPR listed as one of the Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums of the Year. Whether he’s touring his own growing songbook or helming the show stopping Roadshow Revues, Steve Dawson always brings his A-game, much to the delight of audiences everywhere.