As we wrapped up another week, we are teaming up with Dan Blakeslee who are back with their old school Country single “No Shame In Wastin Time” off the new album The Alley Walker.
About the song, Dan comments:
I make music and artwork for a living and am a terrible boss to myself. In 2013 I had only taken 8 days off from work the entire year and 2014 was not much different. When the next year rolled around I wrote “No Shame In Wastin’ Time” to remind myself how important is it to take time off and do nothing.
Recorded inside a 150 year-old mill, The Alley Walker, perfectly captures the raw and incredibly genuine sound of the dynamic four-piece band.
After completing art school in 1995, Dan Blakeslee headed for the subway tunnels of Boston where he could be heard pounding out acoustic originals in the early stages of developing his signature style. Many of those songs would later become part of seven full-length albums, including the Red Line Roots’ Album of the Year, Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind (2014). In addition to touring with The Lumineers, Josh Ritter, and The Low Anthem, Blakeslee was named “Folk Artist of The Year” at the Boston Music Awards in 2014 and the 2015 “Male Performer of the Year” at the New England Music Awards.
The Calabash Club, composed of Nick Phaneuf (bass), Jim Rudolf (drums), and Mike Effenberger (organ, accordion), add an emotional and timeless quality to Blakeslee’s thoughtful lyrics and unique chord progressions. With the combination of the two, The Alley Walker is a vivid lense into his soul and life.