Fierce and fiery, literate and moody, British pop/rocker Julian Dawson
makes his Gadfly Records debut with the release of "Spark," a distinctive
collection of songs that features supporting performances from Lucinda
Williams, Richard Thompson, and The Roches.
Julian Dawson makes pop music for smart people. Exquisitely
produced and heartfully sung, it's singer-songwriter music gone uptown.
Dawson was born to be influenced by American music : his birthday
is July 4th (1954). Having spent his early years touring in Europe,
it was natural that he was first signed to a record label in Germany
rather than in his native England. He made two albums for Polydor and
five for BMG, most of which never saw the light of day in the rest of
the world. A growing reputation among his colleagues, constant touring
and some fine subsequent releases have managed to spread the word -
this CD brings a selection of some of the best moments from those albums.
If you can judge a man by the company he keeps, then Julian Dawson's
reputation speaks for itself...A glance through the credits reveals
the presence of some wonderful talents, from Lucinda Williams (who duets
on the smoky "How Can I Sleep Without You") to Richard Thompson, The
Roches and Steve Forbert.
With many of the tracks recorded in the U.S., "Spark" will
finally give Americans a chance to catch up on what they've missed.
Julian Dawson will continue his love affair with American music and
the country itself, supporting the album with concert dates and radio
appearances throughout 1999. Meanwhile "Spark" gives an overview of
an artist who's music incorporates elements of pop, folk, country and
blues mixed together into a melodic and highly individual blend.
"Spark" Guest Artists: Lucinda Williams (duet "How Can I Sleep
Without You") Richard Thompson ("Two Shots Of Jealousy" and "The Spark
Of Human Kindness") The Roches ("I Like Your Absence" and "When Love
Says Goodnight") Steve Forbert ("No Place Worth Dying For") Garry Tallent
("Fragile As China" and "I Don't Feel Like Dancing")
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