Like Colin Linden, Steve Dawson is a protean talent and triple threat as a songwriter, musician and producer.
Waiting for the Lights to Come Up showcases all three talents in abundance. It's the four-time Juno winner's third solo release since 2001 (he released three others with Jesse Zubot). And it's one of two he will be releasing in 2008.
Dawson's musical tastes are catholic and eclectic. He's steeped in a variety of roots traditions that seep into the album. He makes the new sound old and the old sound new, whether he's blowing dust off a traditional tune or a roots classic, honouring a contemporary songwriter with a spirited cover or offering an engaging original.
Dawson the producer serves Dawson the musician well as he handles pump organ, Wurlitzer and pedal steel in addition to his signature guitar work. He's also a pleasant, laid-back vocalist.