Exclaim!

Exclaim!

"In his solo recordings, roots music renaissance man Steve Dawson has been alternating instrumental and vocal albums of late. 2014's Rattlesnake Cage was all-instrumental, while Solid States and Loose Ends brings Dawson's voice back to the mix."

Bman's Blues Report

Bman's Blues Report

"A smooth integration of blues, country and bluegrass... in other words... very cool!"

Keys and Chords (Belgium)

Keys and Chords (Belgium)

"Greasy slide, dazzling blazers and dark sounding backing vocals make 'Loose Ends' a soul song to dream."

Making A Scene

Making A Scene

"This is the best album we have heard from Dawson whose vocals have matured so much that they now match his guitar prowess."

The Alternate Root

The Alternate Root

 

"He gathers personal pieces from a past that played host to varied styles, mixing them with the studio tricks and life tales that Steve Dawson has captured along the way."

Don and Sheryl's Blues Blog (Nashville, TN)

Don and Sheryl's Blues Blog (Nashville, TN)

 

"Always a consummate picker with a wide array of vintage amps and instruments in his arsenal, his songwriting runs the gamut from pre-WWII blues, gospel, folk, and roots."

Reflections in Blue

Reflections in Blue

 

"If the world's greatest guitarists were honestly compiled in a list Steve Dawson's name would be very near the top."

Elmore

Elmore

 

"Clearly, the man’s multifarious guitar chops are in order, but that’s just the tip. Dawson also writes absorbing songs, sings in a gratifying tenor, produces attention-grabbing sound, and owns the studio and the record label."

Jazz Weekly

Jazz Weekly

 

"It’s a deft trick to mix old school tradition with modern sounds, but guitarist-vocalist Steve Dawson does an impressive balancing act here"

Blues Blast Magazine

Blues Blast Magazine

 

"Canadian guitarist Steve Dawson is rapidly becoming one of my favorite guitar players with a string of great recordings of predominantly original music."

Goldminemag.com

Goldminemag.com

 

"You might say this one is his career album"

Crossroads Blues Society

Crossroads Blues Society

"This native of Vancouver who now resides in Nashville is at the top of his game. I strongly urge you to check him out!"

Premier Guitar

Premier Guitar

 

"Listening to the slinky, undulating moan of the tremoloed slide guitar that kicks off “Loose Ends,” the opening track of Steve Dawson’s new full-length Solid States and Loose Ends, might conjure images of a dragonfly hovering low over a steamy Mississippi Delta swamp, or maybe a gator lazily skimming the surface of some remote Louisiana bayou. And you might find yourself thinking, surely Dawson grew up somewhere in the South."

Americana UK

Americana UK

"Again, The McCrary's are on hand, the result recalling Taj Mahal's work with The Pointer Sisters."

Country Music People

Country Music People

"There is tremendous musicianship throughout and infections rhythm, but not at expense of the quality or melodiousness of the songs."

r2 Magazine (UK)

r2 Magazine (UK)

 

"But it is Dawson's guitar skills and the superb array of musicians he has assembled that make Solid States and Loose Ends such a fine addition to his blues and country oeuvre."

Maple Blues Magazine

Maple Blues Magazine

 

"Dawson works his magic on a couple of traditional songs as well: Riley Pucket’s “Can’t Put That Monkey On My Back” is stunning and Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers’ “Riley’s Hen House Door”, which gets an extraordinary workout from Dawson on acoustic slide, a solo treat."

 

American Roots UK

American Roots UK

 

"We should probably expect no less from a man of such immense talents! Buy it and give yourself a rare musical treat! Go on, you know you want to."

Blues Bytes

Blues Bytes

 

"Any of Steve Dawson’s albums are worth a listen, but Solid States and Loose Ends stands out in his catalog, with some of his most compelling songwriting and guitar work yet."

Planet S

Planet S

 

"Swirling bouts of frantic slide guitar frame Dawson’s melancholic lyrics. His voice blends blues and folk singing styles with a hint of noir and a creep of country twang — something that could be credited to living in Nashville."