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Wednesday 15 November 2017

Music For Cop Shows: Maverick Bluesman Son of Dave Set To Storm Brighton

Son of Dave is fifty years old, and has lived for twenty-one years in the UK, hailing originally from Winnipeg Canada where he was steeped at a young age in the blues-bar tradition. 

He plans to perform until his 80s at least, pointing out that there is no pension plan for Bluesmen, and that the whole live-fast-die-young game is for kids who can't handle their booze. 

An unrecognised genius somewhere between Beck, Muddy Waters and Tom Waits, he's been sampled by Rizzlekicks and been hired to play Grace Jones' private party. 

He recently returned with Music For Cop Shows, an album loaded with instrumental hooks, original blues flavoured songs, irresistible grooves and sly madness. 

His music has appeared in Breaking Bad, Bloodline, Preacher and other television crime dramas, which seems to have encouraged him to go where the market is, and create a loose cannon of ditties harking back to 1970's cop shows. Or not. 

It's typical Son of Dave messing with you, using ingredients only he can cook with. Fans know it well. It's his eighth album, and he's not made a weak one yet. 


"I got the call from Mr. Big of Big Records, you know? They got another tune into yet another crime drama. They keep asking for more though. so I made this record for 'em. 'Stick that in your soundtrack,' I said.  

"I fantasise 'bout making the theme song to a 1970's cop show. Time travel is hard on this old Bluesman's bowels however. 

"These days, telly's heavier and harder I think. Not many heroes. Even the news seems scarier. Maybe this will help things from being too damned serious. 

"The truth is bloody awful enough, I hope you find this blues a bit sexier than rising crime rates and sponsored terrorism!"

Recorded in London at Space Eko East Studios with long-time co-producer Alex McGowan the songs build upon Son of Dave"s usual beatbox and bass grooves layering up harmonica riffs just like in the live show. 

Some tunes go a bit further and he plays keys, guitars, and all sorts of percussion. 

It's all played and sung by the man himself, with Blues Organ and Hey Aye the only exceptions, being recorded with producer Jimmy Hogarth, with whom he made the album Blues At The Grand a few years back. 

Son of Dave plays The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, on Friday 1st December 2017. New album Music For Cop Shows, is out now. CLICK HERE for more info ..

by: Mike Cobley



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