ARTIST'S DEBUT ALBUM ACCOLADES
"Dedications & Dreams" is the artist's brand new
follow-up album to his eponymous debut "DUSK" which has
already garnered repeat airplay, awards, and praise on three continents.
The "DUSK" CD album has had 3 of its songs included on 4
compilation/tribute CDs to date, and one of these tunes was the lead
song for "Americana in Paris" in its "Best of
"DUSK" was Featured Album of the Week for the highly
regarded "Sisyphus Tracks" out of Nashville, and the artist's
singing voice was praised by Songwriting Hall of Fame artist Mickey
Newbury as being finer yet than that of Newbury's lifelong friend Bob
Shane of the Kingston Trio.
Music from "DUSK" and/or features about the disc have
been broadcast four times over the statewide network of Georgia Public
THE NEW RELEASE
"Dedications & Dreams" is poised to surpass the
successes of Dusk's debut album. Whereas his debut CD includes 14
excellent guest musicians in an engaging mix of styles that spotlight
Dusk's upbeat humor, his new disc features no fewer than 20 supporting
musicians in an even broader range of styles and a colorful palette of
"Dedications & Dreams" also contains a well-produced
music video of his song "The Sunlight of Your Smile," and
the album runs 12 minutes longer than its predecessor, offering one full
hour of memorable entertainment.
The new album's infectious fun on the songs "Good
Biscuit, Bad Biscuit" "Sleep with Her" "Tele(phony)"
and especially "Alltel Sucks!" is rounded out by the
exquisitely poetic "Quicksilver Daydreams of Maria," the
soulfully moving "Indian Wars," and the gallantly romantic
"When Winter Storms." Other songs therein evoke a strong sense
of yesteryear (Coming Back to You), spiritual earnestness (Entelechy),
wry reflection (Christopher's Raga), and marriage between the everyday
and the erudite (Day Done Done).
Instrumentation on the album is as creative as it is varied.
Dusk and keyboardist Tom McMillan personally hauled Tom's Hammond B3
organ and Leslie cabinet into Sundisc Recording Studio in Flagstaff (the
CD was recorded on twin Yamaha AW4416s in Arizona and Atlanta studios)
for inclusion on five of the twelve songs. Other interesting instruments
used on the album include Chorded Zither, Accordion, cross harp
Harmonica, Bodhran, Clarinet, Native American Flute, alto and soprano
Saxophones, Euphonium, synth Guitar, Trumpet, and a fretless 5-string hollow bodied
Bass. These are joined by a complement of more typical
Americana instrumentation by way of acoustic guitars, mandolin, drums,
percussion, fretted basses (all splendidly played by Rich Neville,
10-year bassist with the classic rock band POCO), keyboards, and pedal
©Phi Acoustics Music, December 22, 2003