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Just a Season

by Just a Season

Sepia toned Canadian Folk-Rock evoking the sun soaked sound of the early 70's.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rick Danko's in Heaven
4:13 $0.99
2. Julieta
4:20 $0.99
3. Hey Eddie
5:04 $0.99
4. Never Quite Enough
3:26 $0.99
5. Cherry Tree
1:29 $0.99
6. Trouble in Her Eyes
3:06 $0.99
7. January Bound
4:37 $0.99
8. Everywhere I Go
3:47 $0.99
9. Tumbling Down
3:12 $0.99
10. Sundowner
2:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Scott Smith has been a key player in Vancouver's roots music scene for over a decade, playing guitar and pedal steel in such bands as Bottleneck, Terminal Station, Rich Hope's Blue Rich Rangers, Bughouse Five, John Ford, and Bocephus King. His latest project, Just A Season, isn't so much a band as it is a collective of musicians backing up the folk-rock singer on what could be called his first solo album. For the Just A Season sessions, Smith assembled some of his favorite musicians including drummer Geoff Hicks (Colin James), bassist Jeremy Holmes (Herald Nix), fiddle player Kendel Carson (Dustin Bentall, Belle Starr), keyboardist Darryl Havers (Brickhouse), bassist Brad Ferguson (No Sinner), percussionist Liam MacDonald (Gord Grdina's Haram) and Juno award winning multi instrumentalist Steve Dawson. To sing harmony, he enlisted the talents of Rich Hope, Jenn Bojm, Erik Nielsen and Ola Kluft (The Perishers). Cut mostly live in the studio with John Raham (Be Good Tanyas) at the mixing board, the album that emerged is a gorgeous blend of folk, rock, and country that is both ambitious and intimate.

In many ways the Just A Season album acts as an homage to the music that has inspired Scott Smith over the years, particularly the sun soaked Topanga Canyon sound of the early 70's. Rick Danko's In Heaven is both a roadtrip memoir and a tribute to The Band's much loved bassist, as well as a nod to the spirit of the infamous 1970 Festival Express tour (“spend it all/drink till dawn/keep doubling down till the money's all gone”). Hey Eddie evokes the sound of Taj Mahal's late 60's band while the lyrics describe a small town femme fatale ("she kept a knife in the dash/she liked Johnny Thunders and Johnny Cash"). With it's combination of fiddle, pedal steel and Vox organ, Trouble in Her Eyes captures the vibe of Doug Sahm and the Sir Douglas Quintet, while the acoustic guitar set against a string section on Tumbling Down echoes the melancholy of Nick Drake. Violins and cellos also make an appearance on Never Quite Enough and January Bound, the latter tune exhibiting Smith's love of the early Fairport Convention, while the influence of John Fahey can be heard on the instrumental Cherry Tree.



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