Steve Dawson, a Canadian now based in Nashville, has done extensive production and session work in addition to making his own music. With Solid States and Loose Ends he delivers his best effort yet. It's a fully realized affair that showcases Dawson's mastery of both electric and acoustic guitar styles in the service of songs that flow easily from the blues to incorporate elements of country, soul, and gospel. And his penetrating originals sit easily alongside his stellar takes on numbers from the traditional "Delia" to Joe Tex's "You Got What It Takes."