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Dave McCann records new album in Lethbridge

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 Local roots musician Dave McCann and the Firehearts have released “Circle of Light,” their first new CD in four years.
 He had a CD release party at the Geomatic  Attic a couple months ago and will be playing another local CD release party at the Slice June 6.

Dave McCann has released his latest CD “Circle of Light.” Photo by Richard Amery
“ I’m definitely not the  kind of artist who releases a new CD every year, that’s for sure,” McCann said adding while they recorded their last CD “Dixiebluebird” down in Nashville, this time they decided to record closer to home — in Leeroy Stagger’s Rebeltone Studio.

“It’s great to record locally. It’s actually more expensive to record here, but we have great studios here and it saved us a three or four day drive to Nashville,” McCann observed he enjoyed working with Stagger, who he performs with annually  on the Highway 3 Roots Revue tour.

He is excited about having the new CD out. “The record itself I thought I’d prepared an acoustic type album, but did a 180 and recorded a rock record,” he continued.
He hadn’t performed many of the songs live before going into the studio.
“We probably had 15 songs but took the 10 which had the most congruency,” he said.

“ For the most part these are songs I didn’t play before, but a couple of them like ‘Beautiful Road,’ I’ve been performing,” he said.

 He is planning a tour around the album and had planned to go to the UK in the summer but decided to stay home for Calgary Stampede.

“ For roots bands like us, Stampede is a big week to play, so instead of going to England and absorbing a lot of travel costs, we decided to stay home and make some money,” he said.
 They always ways enjoy playing the Slice.

“We love playing local shows. We love that place. The brothers Jesse and Tyler really know how to treat people right,” he said adding to expect an upbeat show.

“It’s just going to be some rock and roll,” he said.
The show begins at 9:30 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

 A version of this story appears in the June 4, 2014 edition of the Lethbridge Sun Times

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:01 )  
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