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Dave Stewart’s The Blackbird Diaries is unlike anything he has embarked on during his illustrious 30 year music career both with Eurythmics and as a solo artist. With an American flare and rooted in country, rock and blues, the album is in the vein of recent releases by Bob Dylan and Neil Young— masterful recordings mixed with rich and detailed lyrics.
Recently completed in Nashville over the span of just five days, and produced by Mike Bradford and recorded and mixed by John McBride at his famed Blackbird Studio, the album includes fourteen new songs— including one co-written with Dylan as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and The Secret Sisters. Dave is backed by some of the finest musicians in Nashville including: guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and Mike Rojas on piano.
The Blackbird Diaries showcases a very different type of songwriting for Stewart— with more story-driven, autobiographical lyrics, which is a departure from the pop/rock sounds which have made him one of the most revered songwriters/collaborators of all time. Tales of loves conquered and loves lost, Dave gets intimate, personal with words while he allows his music to rock free on an album that might just prove to be this artist’s second, and perhaps, finest act.