Dave McCann

Dave McCann

 Lethbridge, Alberta, CAN
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

"The perfect antidote to the plastic world in which most of us live." - UK Roots Press Bookings: bookings@davemccann.com

Biography

Road ghosts, fallen shows and the blur of years built by song, sweat and stage noise. Americana-edged rock and roll tangled with the continuous trail of broken strings, headlights and a hell of a lot of laughter. You're looking at the guiding force behind Dave McCann and his fourth release "Dixiebluebird."

Produced by guitarist, producer and Americana alt-icon Will Kimbrough (Todd Snider, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell), "Dixiebluebird" is Dave's strongest work to date. A wealth of road and heart worn original material that lays a torch to the influence of Bruised Country Soul, Heartfelt Americana and Southern Tinged Rock and Roll. "Dixiebluebird" also brings transition, with an introduction to Dave McCann and the Firehearts. It's a new name, but the same superlative line up: long time guitarist Dave Bauer, multi-instrumentalist Pete Loughlin on bass, Tim Williams on drums and all the sagacious force of Charlie Hase on the pedal steel guitar.

"Dixiebluebird" was recorded at the Toybox Studio-a backyard studio hidden out in the old neighborhoods of East Nashville. Owned and operated by Eli "Lij" Shaw and aptly named after it's incredible collection of historic and vintage gear. Beautiful compressors, incredible mics, and the vintage MCI console that was rescued out of Florida's Criteria Studios after the seventies. It's recorded the luminaries, Neil Young, Steven Stills, Elvin Bishop, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Eagles, the list goes on and you can sense that historic influence.

From the title track "Dixiebluebird" to the high-caliber rockers like "Bloodpines" and "Fireheart" or following through to the pendulant swerve of "Tuscaloosa Blues" and "Unfamiliar Ground" you can hear right off what this band is all about...Heart. From the spine chilling and crunch-tangled crackle of the guitars to the uncommonly high standards of song craft, "Dixiebluebird" means business. With it's consistent and matchless musicianship this recording finds itself the benchmark.

Previous releases as Dave McCann and the Ten Toed Frogs "Shoot The Horse" (2008), "Country Medicine" (2004) and "Woodland Tea" (2000) garnered Dave international acclaim with fans and critics alike and found him sharing the stage with both legendary performers and the overlooked heros of the musical world. Songs from "Country Medicine" and "Woodland Tea" were also included in the award-winning sound track to the film "Hank Williams First Nation", as well as the TV series. The film sound track included songs from Joe Ely, Billy Joe Shaver, Hank Williams and others. It ended up taking home "Best music in a motion picture" at the Nashville Film Festival in 2005.

Dave now makes his home in the haunted, sweeping, grassland hills of Blackfoot Country, about a hour North of Montana's Glacier National Park in Lethbridge Alberta Canada.

PAST SHOWS: FESTIVALS/CONCERT SERIES/EVENTS
LEGENDARY CLUBS/THEATRES

Edmonton Folk Festival, Edmonton AB Canada
Stillwater Music Festival, Stillwater MT USA
Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary AB Canada
Calgary Stampede, Calgary AB Canada
Twangfest, Lethbridge AB Canada
Canadian Finals Rodeo - Rexall Place, Edmonton AB Canada
Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Lethbridge AB Canada
TransCanada Alberta Music Series,
Engineered Air Theatre, Calgary AB Canada
Peterborough Folk Festival, Peterborough ON Canada
The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON Canada
The Carleton, Halifax NS Canada
University of Calgary Theatre, Calgary AB Canada
Rainbow Bistro, Ottawa ON Canada
The Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QB Canada
Kaffe 1870, Wakefield QB Canada
Lethbridge Folk Club, Lethbridge AB Canada
North Country Fair, Driftpile AB Canada
Vern's Tavern, Calgary AB Canada
The Red Dog Tavern, Peterborough On Canada
Big Valley Jamboree, Camrose AB Canada
The Free Times Cafe, Toronto On Canada
Ironwood Stage & Grill, Calgary AB Canada
Canmore Folk Festival, Canmore AB Canada
East Coulee Music Festival, East Coulee AB Canada
Lilac Festival, Calgary AB Canada
Juno Fest, Edmonton AB Canada
The Ship, St John's NF Canada
Alberta Songwriter's Sessions,
Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, Calgary AB Canada
Billy's No Depression House Concerts, Red Deer AB Canada
Nickelodeon Folk Club, Calgary AB Canada

Lyrics

Fireheart

Written By: Dave McCann

I am just a poor boy told, waltzing out my time
Chasing down the rhythms here, waiting out some rhymes.
Like sunlight on the mountains then, moonlight left to fade.
The people keep on pushing by rushing to their graves

Of all that I could be to you, of all that I could be.
I have felt your Fireheart, laying next to me.

You set the night a blaze ya sure, it sparks up through the pines.
A halo on the hills tonight, and the stars just keeping time
If I could hold you in my arms, like a blanket from the night.
Our shadows fit to fade as one, kissed in morning light.

Of all that I could be to you, of all that I could be.
I have felt your Fireheart, laying next to me.

You run with Broken horses now, wounded in defeat,
my shadow saw you coming, with an angel at your feet.

Of all that I could be to you, of all that I could be.
I have felt your Fireheart, laying next to me.

Discography

Dave McCann and The Firehearts - Dixiebluebird (2010)
Dave McCann and The Ten Toed Frogs - Shoot The Horse (2007-08)
Dave McCann and The Ten Toed Frogs - Country Medicine (2004)
Dave McCann and The Ten Toed Frogs - Woodland Tea (2000)

COMPILATIONS:

Motion Picture Soundtrack/ Hank Williams First Nation (2005)
(Wins "Best music in a motion picture" at the Nashville Film Festival in 2005.)
Hold Your Ground 4 Disc Box Set (Songs to Inspire Change) (2005)
Calgary Folk Festival Showcase Release (ab.cow/Folk Alliance) (2005)
Coal Dust Grins - Songs from the Coal Mines (1999)

Set List

A high energy performance that unifies the fragmented reaches of folk, blues, country and rock suitable for rock/americana audiences.
We also deliver an acoustic song and story show - a performance that really captivates the contemporary folk festival/listening crowd.

STAGE SETS:
Typically 2 - 60 minute Sets
Maxed at 3 - 60 minute Sets
variations available upon request

FESTIVAL SETS:
45 minutes (based on 8-10 songs and stories)
FESTIVAL WORKSHOP SETS:
45 minutes (based on 3-4 songs and stories)
SCHOOL/ STUDENT WORKSHOPS:
30-60 minutes (based 4-6 songs and questions)

Original songs from four commercial releases,
unreleased material, and select covers.

Tinsel Town
Road to Cain
Her Tongue is Not for Sale
Circle of Stone
Joe's Bones
Blood Pines
Country Medicine
Grain Car
The Day Leroy Quit his Drinking
Sticks and Stones
Leaving This Town
Brokewing Bird
Timber Road
Cocaine Stole Her Brain
Woodpeckers
Sleeping With Gold
Lookayonder Blue
Bood and Ashe