On the bio page of the Dawn Tyler Watson web site, there is this quote from Geoff Chapman, of the Toronto Star:
“This utterly assured performer has you believing she's a front-ranking country singer, a soul diva, a jazz warbler, a new adult contemporary specialist, a swing siren- as well as a basic blues belter."
After listening to this album, I think you will probably agree, this lady can sing whatever she wants.
We can hear the blues right from the first song, ‘Can’t Nobody’, featuring Paul DesLauriers, which is a cover of a song by Steve Cirkvencic & Jeanne Petersen, and starts with some great old school blues guitar licks, that lead into Dawn doing a great vocal.
Follow that with ‘Shine On’, an original Tyler Watson song featuring the vocals of Patrick Lehman, which sounds like an old time Gospel spiritual being sung around a big camp fire, and has the inspiring lyrics you would expect from the title.
‘A Little Bit More’, a jazz-blues tune featuring Ben Racine on guitar and vocals, slows us down in tempo, but stays hot with a nice duet:
This is something that I noticed while listening to this album, the lyrics. Much more than I normally do, I was remembering entire verses on the first or second listen. Dawn’s writing seems to strike a chord, if you will pardon the pun.
A multitude of vocalists and musicians, as well as those already mentioned, helped on the production of this album, which does not hurt Ms. Watson’s versatility and range at all.
We hear these folks playing different styles from the boogie-woogie blues of ‘Son of A Gun’, with Paul and Ben together, to the sexual innuendo filled slow as molasses ‘Tootsie Roll Blues’, featuring Morgan Moore on upright bass, and giving us lyrics like:
- you’re my tootsie roll daddy / taste just like a tootsie pop
- tell me how many licks to the center darlin’ / till that sweet sugar drop