Dan Whitehouse – new album

Dan WhitehouseNew album, Raw State, released 1 December 2014

Singer-songwriter DAN WHITEHOUSE continues his upward climb with the release of his third album, Raw State.

Released on 1 December 2014, Raw State was recorded during a period of unprecedented creativity that came in the wake of second album, Reaching For A State Of Mind.

Following a string of UK and North American dates in late 2013/ early 2014 which saw the songwriter slowly rework the album’s songs for new situations, Dan returned to the studio keen to recapture the passion and energy of his new live sound.

Produced in collaboration with Danny George Wilson and Chris Clarke of British Americana / country soul act Danny And The Champions Of The World, Raw State embraces the power of change and new directions.

Aided by pedal steel and dobro legend BJ Cole (who has worked with such greats as Elvis Costello, Jimmy Webb, Elton John, Emmylou Harris, REM, Scott Walker, Beck, Bjork, Brian Eno, kd Lang and Dolly Parton), Dan revisited and re-imagined previously recorded material, with sparse, brave arrangements that expose the songs in their Raw State.

Much in demand, Dan has shared stages with such artists as Willy Mason, Joseph Arthur, Caitlin Rose and Josh Ritter, plus blues guitar legend Peter Green, chart-topper Maria McKee, folk star Jim Moray, ex-Teardrop Explodes Julian Cope and the Grammy winning World Party. He’s also performed sell-out headline shows throughout the UK.

The recent months have seen the West Midlands-based songwriter embark on two UK tours with Simone Felice, and close the Lunar Stage at Moseley Folk Festival (performing between The Felice Brothers and Richard Thompson).

Raw State (Heantun Recording Co) is available on CD and download via all major platforms on Monday 1 December 2014.

Artist’s website: www.dan-whitehouse.com

Official album trailer video:

“Really, really gorgeous songs… ” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
“Lyrics which involuntarily swerve your gaze to the sky”- Music Week
“Sensational!” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

Reaching for a state of mind: Dan Whitehouse

Reaching for a state of mind Dan WhitehouseBirmingham based musician Dan Whitehouse’s second album “Reaching for a state of mind” covers a gamut of emotions in his self penned lyrics, on a journey through dark, deep places, questioning and challenging with a searing honesty. Together with compositional input from producer and keyboard player Michael Clarke, the eleven songs range from rocky to simple acoustic settings.

The album opens with “A dream that’s floating out to sea”, a quirky, catchy song driven by the idiosyncratic creative use of percussion by Duke Special’s Chip Bailey who also adds a distinctive flavour to many of the other album tracks. “A Light” and “Come to me” continue in a driving rock vein but “The River” changes the mood completely with its simple opening which builds to an anthemic chorus. Moody strings and atmospheric drumming give the dark “Chasing paper” a nightmarish feel whilst “Why don’t we dance” is stripped back to simple block chords.

The  track “Maybe I was born to run” with its Springsteen quotes, feature the steel guitar of  P.J.Wright and a backing choir in true Springsteen fashion, and draws the album to a more positive feel at the close. The final track “Home” is a lovely poetic tribute to Birmingham.

“Reaching for a state of mind” is a well crafted album with great musicianship in the band providing support for Whitehouse to express his songs with variety and clarity.  The emotive lyrics draw you in with their touching vulnerability and the imaginative musical settings provide excellent matches to the themes. The vibrancy of the opening track provides the highlight of the album with “The River” another strong contribution.

“Reaching for a state of mind” does exactly what it says on the tin and all credit to Dan Whitehouse for sharing his experiences in this album. Janet M Roe

Artist’s website: www.dan-whitehouse.com

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