Son of Dave says that people often ask him, "What kind of bluesman comes from Winnipeg in Canada, but has lived in London for more than 15 years? You might also ask, "What kind of bluesman has a YouTube channel, on which he posts covers of improbable songs like 'Bonkers' by Dizzee Rascal and anarchically reviews the latest singles by Beyoncé, Stooshe and Kendrick Lamar?" You might even ask, "What kind of bluesman sets up a Pledge Music campaign to help him release his new album?"
Son of Dave - Benjamin Darvill - will decide what this bluesman will do and for his fifth album Blues At The Grand, he enlisted the help of super producer Jimmy Hogarth - a rhythm and blues fan with writing and production credits on countless monster-smashes by the likes of Amy Winehouse, James Morrison and Corrine Bailey Rae.
Son of Dave has also gone deep into Karmic debt with his musician friends, who have stepped up and played incredible parts on this record. We got Joey Waronker (Beck, REM) on drums. Henry Olsen (Screamadelica) on bass. On lady vocals, Martina Topley Bird, Jessica Hynes, Josephine Oniyama, Naomi Yhap. On keys, Will Foster (Fratellis), horns by Martin Slatterly and Greg Heath. Son of Dave plays everything else including piano, bass, guitar, beats de la bouche and harmonica of course.
Blues at the Grand is scheduled for release in October 2013.
Son of Dave plays a warm up show where he will be trying out his new material at the Blues Kitchen this Friday in London and will performing at Leopallooza, Bestival, Festvial No.6 over the summer.
Fans can contribute to the pledge campaign here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sonofdave