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Black Hen Music Booking


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Black Hen Music Booking


Black Hen On The Road

Booking for 2019 Festivals

Thank you for visiting our new booking wing of the label. Here at Black Hen we've been representing artists for over 2 decades, but this year we'll be expanding the label to also take care of festival bookings for a select few on the label. Keep in mind that some of these artists can also share bands, and with all of them under one umbrella, we hope to make those possibilities easy to discuss as well. The following is the list of artists we are representing for booking in festival season 2019. Click on the name of an artist you'd like to get more info on, or scroll through the page to peruse them all:

If you'd like to discuss booking any of our artists, contact:

Alice Dawson at bh.alice@icloud.com

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Jim Byrnes


Jim Byrnes

Jim Byrnes


Jim Byrnes

At age sixty-nine, Jim Byrnes just gets better with age and this year he has recorded a career milestone, which, given his history with numerous Juno Awards and Maple Blues Awards, among many other accolades, is saying a lot. But, if you listen just once through ‘Long Hot Summer Days’, it’s easy to be convinced that there simply isn’t anyone alive today who loves a good song more than Jim does.

Jim has collaborated on 7 album releases now with Steve Dawson, the award winning guitarist and producer. It’s a partnership that had its genesis in 2004 when Jim and Steve got together to record the critically acclaimed ‘Fresh Horses’. Since then, they have played countless shows and sessions together across Canada and around the world.

Understandably, there aren’t many musicians capable of rising to the demands set by the music chosen for ‘Long Hot Summer Days.’ So, it was a very special group that came together at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver to record for a week last spring that virtually guaranteed that a very special recording was in the works.

Warm and weathered. Soaring and bright. ‘Long Hot Summer Days’ is a master- work from one of Canada’s best-loved musical icons. Records like this don’t come around every day. Listen and be taken away.

RECENT QUOTES:

"If it's the blues that you love, the blues tinged with a smoky New Orleans night and a little Americana thrown in for good measure, then Long Hot Summer Days may well be the album to get you through the long, dark nights of the winter to come." - Maverick UK
"This CD is a fine example of musical taste and talent and aged 69, Jim Byrnes proves that youth doesn’t have it all its own way. Hugely satisfying." - Blues Matters Magazine
"Five decades in the blues business, Jim Byrnes still sounds all fired up. If anything, his recorded output just keeps on improving as he and producer Steve Dawson find more ways to give this talented singer/guitarist a forum for his deeply soulful vocals." - Vancouver Sun
"His ‘warm & weathered’ singing style has been recognized with many awards, including several Maple Blues Awards and the key really is his voice, it allows him to make almost any song his own. Do whatever it takes to add this to your collection" - Toronto Blues Society
 

Latest Release:

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Long Hot Summer Days

(Released 2017)

Click here to stream the album

For all Booking Enquiries, Contact:

Alice Dawson at bh.alice@icloud.com

Available Performing Configurations:

Solo, Duo, Full Band

Video Links:

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Steve Dawson


Steve Dawson

Steve Dawson


Steve Dawson

Over the past two decades, Vancouver-born guitarist Steve Dawson has become such an indelible fixture on the Canadian musical landscape that it’s tempting to take him for granted. The music that flows out of him is so natural and authentic that it’s possible to forget all of the toil that went into producing it.

Behind the seemingly endless stream of award winning musical output (he has produced and/or played on more than 100 albums since the turn of the millennium - 20 of which have been nominated for Juno Awards, and 7 have won Junos), is one of the hardest working musicians this country has ever produced. Whether he’s turning heads on the concert circuit with his incendiary playing, or pulling the best possible performances out of the many artists that he works with, Dawson is always striving to take things to the next level.

Steve's latest, and brand new album “Lucky Hand” explores the “American Primitive” style of fingerstyle and slide guitar popularized by John Fahey and Leo Kottke and teams Steve up with his old partner Jesse Zubot, who contributes mesmerizing string quartet arrangements on half the album, while the rest of the pieces are solo performances or duets with Charlie McCoy and John Resichman. 

Steve’s multi-faceted career has brought him to countless international festivals, working on the stage and in the studio with an extensive cast of musicians, including John Hammond, David Gidalgo, Van Dyke Parks, Sonny Landreth, Colin James, Jim Byrnes, Jill Barber, Dave Alvin, Tim O’Brien, Fats Kaplin, The McCrary Sisters, Bob Brozman, Long John Baldry, Bruce Cockburn, Kelly Joe Phelps, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Geoff Muldaur, The Deep Dark Woods, Colin Linden, and many others.

Steve currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where he works as a solo artist, sideman, and record producer. He runs the acclaimed independent label Black Hen Music and his recording studio, The Henhouse. Steve also releases a podcast exploring the lives and careers of interesting musicians entitled “Music Makers and Soul Shakers”.

RECENT QUOTES:

“It is inspiring to hear modern instrumental music for guitar that is articulated within true song form. Steve Dawson’s new album conjures the ghost of John Fahey for me – not in imitation, but by way of joining a tradition and then extending its range. I find this song cycle to be intelligent and challenging; joyful and deeply romantic; both earthy and untethered. It is affirming – and music to which I shall soon be returning.” - Joe Henry
"Steve Dawson’s Lucky Hand is a beautiful, genre-stretching collection of guitar instrumentals — moods from joyful to poignant, expressed through some of the coolest fingerpicking you’re likely to hear. The sweet slide playing is framed intermittently, and effectively, by the presence of imaginatively constructed string arrangements and some tasty harmonica. Check it out!" - Bruce Cockburn
“Playing a range of guitars – acoustic, 12-string, national tricone, weissenborn, ukulele – the depth of Dawson’s talent lies in the fact that the melodic progressions are seamless and give the impression of total fluidity and graceful ease." - Lonesome Highway
“The sounds and textures he creates are magnificent. The record as a whole is cohesive, centered, and downright beautiful.” - No Depression
"A true jaw dropper throughout, this set is no one trick pony and will blow your ears open time and again every step of the way.” - Midwest Record

Latest Release:

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Lucky Hand

(Released 2018)

Click here to stream the album

For all Booking Enquiries, Contact:

Alice Dawson at bh.alice@icloud.com

Available Performing Configurations:

Solo, band, or with the Lucky Hand String Quartet (Jesse Zubot, Josh Zubot, Peggy Lee, Jon Kestelic)

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Kat Danser


Kat Danser

Kat Danser


Kat Danser

Kat Danser’s music is a steel belted radial easily flexing between a dusty gravel road and a fresh coat of asphalt. True to her Polish-Gypsy heritage, Danser is in perpetual motion and her swampy roots and blues style is a fine-tuned reflection of life lessons from the road. Edmonton's Kat Danser doesn't just play the blues - she studies it, lives it, breathes it and elevates it from sweaty, smoky beer joints to elegant, centre stage in the finest of concert halls. Her sweet vocals, lyrical genius, and instrumental prowess beautifully combine with her sharp wit and commanding stage presence to deliver unfailingly memorable live performances.

Her fifth album, "Goin' Gone", was produced by Steve Dawson.

This recording celebrates her passion for the roots of blues music and her achievements as a graduate student at the University of Alberta where she has now officially become Dr. Kat Danser with a PhD in Music.

RECENT QUOTES:

“...Conjures the deep blues of more southern climes – if not the very Crossroads where the blues began – Danser proves a talent that doesn’t come along often.” – Maverick UK

Latest Release:

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Goin' Gone

(Released 2018)

Click here to stream the album

For all Booking Enquiries, Contact:

Alice Dawson at bh.alice@icloud.com

Available Performing Configurations:

Solo, full band

Video Links:

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Matt Patershuk


Matt Patershuk

Matt Patershuk


Matt Patershuk

‘Same As I Ever Have Been’ is Patershuk’s most organic and confident collection of songs yet. With veteran roots musician Steve Dawson returning to produce and contribute some tasteful string work, it’s easy to hear how much Matt has grown as a performer since his last record, ‘I Was So Fond Of You’ came out in early 2016. This time around, Patershuk and Dawson met in Vancouver at Bryan Adams’ acoustically perfect Warehouse Studio to hunker down for a few days and record an albums’ worth of new roots gems. Like all of Dawson’s productions, Matt’s new songs were recorded with all of the musicians playing together in the same room. This created an intimate vibe that allowed the musicians to play off of one another to create some truly magical and unanticipated moments. For Patershuk, it was

a thrilling experience. “It was a much bigger band than I had ever recorded with. Some of the songs were louder and rougher than anything I’d done on my past albums, but I jumped right in without fear, hit the ground running and played with all the energy I could muster.” Patershuk and Dawson decided to enlist the skills
of legendary drummer Jay Bellerose (a frequent collaborator of T-Bone Burnett and Joe Henry), and with the help of regular Dawson collaborators such as John Reischman (mandolin), Ana Egge (vocals), Chris Gestrin (keyboards), and Jeremy Holmes (bass), the sessions were creative and spontaneous, with only a few judi- cious overdubs added after the fact. Every song on ‘Same As I Ever Have Been’resonates with a warm roadhouse, barn dance feel that can’t be faked.

RECENT QUOTES:

“Think Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kristofferson and John Prine territory. A real find.” - Maverick UK
"Same As I Ever Have Been is a soulful country album with warmly thoughtful and slightly off-kilter insights into life, love, heartbreak, death and all that good twangy stuff." - Planet S
"Every song on Same As I Ever Have Been resonates with a warm roadhouse, barn dance feel that can't be faked."  - Glide Magazine

Latest Release:

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Same As I Ever Have Been

(Released 2016)

Click here to stream the album

For all Booking Enquiries, Contact:

Alice Dawson at bh.alice@icloud.com

Available Performing Configurations:

Solo, Full Band.

Video Links:

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David Olney


David Olney

David Olney


David Olney

"Americana Pioneer” singer-songwriter, stream-caster and actor David Olney is well known worldwide for his indelible songs and powerful performances. Recorded by Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Slaid Cleaves, The Wailin’ Jennys & many others, David shares his songs and the story behind them in his weekly “You Never Know” Songwriter Series videos. His new “This Side Or The Other” full-length recording on Black Hen Music was co-produced by Juno award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist Steve Dawson. The frequent reference to walls and borders in the songs on this new album – walls being built and tumbling down – are bound with a never-ending thread of hope, logic, and patience found in David Olney’s extensive body of work.

RECENT QUOTES:

"Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I've ever heard – and that's true. I mean that from my heart." - Townes Van Zandt
"If you like your musical heroes to rock out like the jackhammer of a rockabilly saint but also deliver song sonnets from a contemplative place, then David Olney is your man.” - Acoustic Live! Magazine

Latest Release:

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This Side Or The Other

(Released 2018)

Click here to stream the album

For all Booking Enquiries, Contact:

Alice Dawson at bh.alice@icloud.com

Available Performing Configurations:

Solo, Duo, Full Band

Video Links:

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Big Dave McLean


Big Dave McLean

Big Dave McLean


Big Dave McLean

Ever since getting his start with an impromptu guitar lesson from John Hammond at the 1969 Mariposa Folk Festival, this Yorkton-born, Winnipeg-based artist has been devoted to his craft, touring relentlessly through Canada’s blues bars, folk clubs and folk and blues festivals.

Along the way, there have been career highs: opening for his idol, Muddy Waters; earning two WCMAs, a Prairie Music Award, a Whisky Award and countless Maple Blues honours – including the Blues with Feeling (lifetime achievement) Award; sharing a JUNO for his contribution to CBC’s Saturday Night Blues Vol. 1 album; and, most recently, garnering his fourth career JUNO nod for his last album, "Better The Devil You Know".

From gospel-tinged blues numbers to tributes to dearly departed loved ones, the songs on this album betray Dave’s roots as the son of a Presbyterian minister – while also giving the Devil his due, figuratively speaking.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ rhythm section of John Dymond and Gary Craig bring their kick-ass roots-rock sensibilities to the mix. Legendary Nashville string player Fats Kaplin (Mark Knopfler, Waylon Jennings, the Mavericks, Nanci Griffith) plays heartfelt mandolin and fiddle. And Ann and Regina McCrary’s soulful backing vocals help contribute to the gospel feel of “Deliver Me” and “You’re Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond.”

With "Better the Devil you Know", Dave continues to set an example for new generations of musicians by constantly evolving his sound, embracing new artistic collaborations and making records that just keep getting better and better.

Recent Quotes:

“This latest release should make U.S. blues fans sit up and take notice to his powerful voice, songwriting skills and prowess with a National steel guitar.” – Virginia Pilot Daily
"With his whisky soaked voice tearing it up even further, every note sounds as authentic as it gets." - Midwest Record
"The interplay of these musicians is seamless and natural—perfect accompaniment for McLean’s often rough, but authentic delivery. This is no nonsense, no pretension blues, served up right." - Elmore Magazine
"His rough-hewn guitar style and lowdown harmonica make him a true force of nature on the blues scene today." - Blues In Britain

Latest Release:

Better The Devil You Know

(Released 2016)

Click here to stream the album

For all Booking Enquiries, Contact:

Alice Dawson at bh.alice@icloud.com

Available Performing Configurations:

Solo, Full Band

Video Links:

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Eisenhauers


The Eisenhauers

Eisenhauers


The Eisenhauers

‘The Road We Once Knew’ is the debut album from The Eisenhauers, the husband and wife duo of roots music veterans, Jeremy Eisenhauer and Sheree Plett Eisenhauer. Produced by the Canadian folk music icon, Steve Dawson, ‘The Road We Once Knew’ features a riveting selection of songs that are simple, spare and heartbreaking in their directness.

Prior to beginning work on ‘The Road We Once Knew,’ The Eisenhauers decided to pull up stakes and move from the busy metropolis of Vancouver to the wilderness of Kaslo in the East Kootenays. Not surprisingly many of the songs on the record explore the dynamics of escaping from the city and moving to the country. Isolation brought unexpected rewards as the transplanted couple’s seclusion allowed them to write music together for the first time. Though both Jeremy and Sheree have had productive solo careers and have released eight albums under their own names between them, ‘The Road We Once Knew’ is the first record to be put out under their shared family name.

The Eisenhauers wanted to make an album with no other goal than to capture the essence of their sound in as pure and unaffected a way as possible. Once they’d worked through their songs as a duo, they flew to Nashville where Steve Dawson brought their songs to life in a fully live off the floor recording session that lasted five days. With Dawson’s keen ear for sparse sonics and atmosphere, the record became a fourteen song showcase of authentic expression, rather a sanitary display of technical perfection.

Not surprisingly, many of the songs on ‘The Road We Once Knew’ reflect on how life changes with age and experience. Tracks like ‘Don’t Lose Me’ and ‘Moving to the High Country’ are the perfect soundtrack for people trying to live authentic lives. Beautifully played, sung and executed, ‘The Road We Once Knew’ is a testament to the healing power of music and the value of wisdom gained from experience. Every word and note of it rings true.

Recent Quotes:

"The Eisenhauers' new album is chockful of exquisite melodies and simple, stripped-down acoustic folk/bluegrass that highlight the dynamic vocal interplay between Sheree and Jeremy." - Penguin Eggs
"The heavenly vocals, the simple, heartrending string arrangements, the gentle harmonies and the duo’s overall maturity of sound will endear them to all who love sweet, earthy acoustic roots." - Revelstoke Mountaineer
"She’s vocally centered.  He starts with the music. Together, they create a sweet, earthy, mature roots sound." - Planet S

Latest Release:

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The Road We Once Knew

(Released 2017)

Click here to stream the album

For all Booking Enquiries, Contact:

Alice Dawson at bh.alice@icloud.com

Available Performing Configurations:

Duo

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