Lee Watson: "Falling South" (Dead Radio, Love): It takes guts to launch a record label these days, but the two artistic directors from Ontario's Riverfest Elora have just done that with their new and enigmatically-titled imprint Dead Radio, Love.
The label is off to a fine start with this debut single release, from roots singer/songwriter Lee Watson. It is taken from a self-titled second album, set to come out on May 19.
Watson was formerly the frontman of popular Vancouver band The Breakmen, a group who earned multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards. This track is definitely reminiscent of the rustic side of Neil Young, and in fact the album was mastered by Neil Young’s engineer Chris Bellman and pressed at the same vinyl manufacturing plant as Neil at Pallas in Germany. The record was produced, mixed and engineered by Stew Crookes (Doug Paisley, The Weather Station), and the sonic clarity that is Crookes' signature is in evidence here.
An impressive a-list of Toronto players featured on the record includes Rob Drake (Zeus, Jason Collett, Doug Paisley), Darcy Yates (Doug Paisley, Bahamas), Robbie Grunwald (Jill Barber, Justin Rutledge), Chris Coole, (The Foggy Hogtown Boys), Marc Jenkins, Jadea Kelly on back-up vocals, and Mara Pellerin (Hey Rosetta!).
"Falling South" showcases Watson's warm and mellow voice, and there's a gentlle lilt to the track, accentuated by pedal steel. The song has already premiered on Indie88 and been featured on CBC's q.
We anticipate the full album with eagerness.