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Country Western w/ DAVE GLEASON!


5pm: The Shadow Mountain Band 8pm Country Western w/ DAVE GLEASON!

March 30, 2013

Timelessness can’t be manufactured. Music either cuts across the

years, feeling right at home in yesteryear AND the unfolding now, or it

doesn’t. From the get-go Dave Gleason has crafted songs and executed

them in a way that hums timelessly, country rock that’d fit in fine on a

scratchy old turntable at Merle Travis’ house, blasting from an 8-track

player in Waylon Jennings’ pickup truck or serenading crowds during

intermission at a Tom Petty show today. Gleason strikes down to

country’s hard beating heart and draws out the stuff that’s made folks

turn to this music for comfort and delight since it wandered out of the

Appalachias in the 1930s.

Gleason’s new long-player, Turn and Fade, coalesces his many charms

into his strongest, toughest song cycle to date. Turning the guitar roar

up a notch or two, Gleason muses on the things that keep us up at night

and the things that keep us moving over the next horizon. This is music

for living on the ground, a soundtrack to carry us from paycheck to

paycheck and coax a smile from the most down-turned days.

Gleason first began honing his craft in the fertile crucible of the

San Francisco Bay Area, exploring what a modernized California country

sound might be. A few years back he rolled south into Los Angeles and

Ventura, where he’s continued to explore the lingering possibilities of

Nashville, Bakersfield and Topanga Canyon. It’s a move that’s toughened

up his sound and fully unleashed his inner shredder, two things in full

flower on Turn and Fade, which moves Gleason into the company of

enduring stalwarts like Chuck Prophet, Peter Case and Kevn Kinney, as

well as solidifying his place as one of the torchbearers for Merle

Haggard, the Louvin Brothers, The Byrds and other country pillars.

Not everyone can sell a line like, “If you’re going through hell,

then stop by and see me,” yet Gleason makes it seem effortless on Turn

and Fade, where the Neon and the Wine washes over us in a vaguely

baptismal way. The hurt of living and the healing of it lies in these

grooves, the ache of lonely nights and the grip of the Blue Side of the

World, but also something that makes your boots shuffle and inspires you

to buy another round for everyone.” Dave Gleason was a fixture on the

West Coast Honky Tonk/Americana circuit since the early 1990′s through

2010-until a recent move placed him in Nashville,TN. With four albums of

his own to his credit (and countless lead guitar sessions for other

artists), Gleason has shared the stage with Jim Lauderdale/Charlie

Louvin/Dave Alvin/Albert Lee/Bill Kirchen and Mike Stinson to name just a

few. Dan Forte/vintage Guitar Magazine says of Dave Gleason’s latest

album “Turn And Fade”…’Throughout, Gleasons offers enough new wrinkles

to stake his claim as more than merely another “new traditionalist.”

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