New Episode of Black Dub on "At: Guitar Center With Nic Harcourt" Released
Mon, 04 Apr 2011 12:03:37
Guitar Center, the world's largest musical instrument retailer, released a new episode of their At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt podcast featuring Black Dub, the daring, soulful new project from venerable Grammy Award-winning producer and recording artist Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Willie Nelson and Neil Young). In addition to warm, inspiring interviews with the Lanois, the podcast's superior production quality takes listeners to the heart of the band's foundational self-titled album and reveals the intricate chemistry between its accomplished members.
The podcast includes exclusive in-studio performances of "Surely" and "Silverado." A song that is indicative of the group's ability to deliver powerful, artful performances, "Surely" couples the subtlety and prowess of Lanois' guitar playing with the powerful, sultry vocal performances of multi-instrumentalist Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late blues star Chris Whitley.
The jazz and blues-influenced rhythm section, comprised of drummer Brian Blade, provides the perfect blend of depth and energy, blending Whitney's unmatched vocal style with Lanois' ability to craft exceptional songs. Among the many topics Lanois covers at length in the interview is the history of "Surely."
"I thought I might be writing it for Alison Kraus," said Lanois. "Trixie was staying at the house at the time and she said, ‘I love that song. Could we have a go at it?' We just huddled up…recorded it and filmed it right on the spot. It was really beautiful. One vocal take, everything live, no overdubs. We're lucky to have it, and it's very reassuring that we can still make music like that."
Fueled by an intense connection to the art of song writing and performing, and inspired by a spectrum of genres and influences, Black Dub (www.blackdub.net) is a well-received, fresh start for its members. The band's self-titled debut album was released on Jive on November 2, 2010, and is available in stores, on Amazon.com and on iTunes. The band will tour the US, Canada and Europe in support of the album this summer.
In this new podcast, listeners get an inside look at a successful band at its very core, from the perspective of a legendary producer. Lanois also describes his studio set up in great detail, discussing his preferred recording equipment and signature techniques with host Nic Harcourt.
"A listener with a trained ear can easily identify the work of Daniel Lanois, but not because he uses a particular bag of sonic tricks or employs signature sounds," explained Harcourt. "Rather, it's the atmosphere and the sense of space, along with the emotion and sound that he pulls out of performers, that makes his work stand out." Watch an exclusive live performance of "Surely" here.
Watch an exclusive live performance of "Silverado" here.
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