Artist in the Spotlight – Dave Giles
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Check back next week for Tennessee & 48th Album Review and Podcast with Dave Giles
DIY to the core and supported by a growing, fervent community of fans, London singer-songwriter Dave Giles has toured Europe, Australia, Ireland and the UK and released a series of EPS along with his debut album Love, Life, Loss and Tea in 2012.
Dave returns with new single Taken Too Soon, the first taste of his upcoming second album Tennessee & 48th. The song is a tender, mid-tempo rocker showcasing his rugged folk-rock songwriting and the earthy musicianship of the Nashville musicians he assembled for the new LP.
After the launch of the new LP Dave alongside band The 79′ Sound, who feature on the album and have flown over from Nashville especially for the shows, embarks on a four night tour stopping at Brixton (6th Nov), Nottingham (7th Nov), Manchester (8th Nov) with the final show ending at The Monarch in Camden (9th Nov).
“How many people have a dream?” he asks. “Something they’ve always wanted to do, their whole lives? How many of those people ended up doing that thing? And how many of those come away from that experience with it not just meeting their expectations, but going way beyond? I spent more money than I’d ever spent in my life, risked everything and I was working with people who didn’t know anything about me – and all of them contributed hugely to my songs and my album in a special, unique alchemy.”
Inspired by genre heavyweights like Jason Isbell and Zac Brown and the Nashville episode of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways documentary, in January 2018, the 33-year-old jetted off to Nashville to start work on his most ambitious project to date. Having raised an impressive £25000 with his loyal fanbase, Giles and his producer Dean Dichoso put together a band of incredible musicians in the perfect studio, located on the corner of Tennessee and 48th Street (Welcome To 1979).
The 10 songs were recorded live to 2-inch tape and explore relationships, community, hedonism and sacrifice through Americana storytelling and folky introspection. For a long-time Country and Americana fan like Giles, the experience of making the album and forming a new band of musical brothers (including guitarist Kevin Haaland of Skillet and bassist from Candlebox) was a lifelong, career-high bucket list moment.