Dave McCann plays New Years Eve in City

Dave McCann and the Firehearts will be heading the The Hideout for New Year’s Eve.

Showtime for the acclaimed singer/songwriter is 8 p.m.

Americana-edged rock and roll tangled with the continuous trail of broken strings, headlights and a lot of laughter. These are some of the guiding forces behind Dave McCann and his fourth release Dixiebluebird.

Produced by guitarist, producer and Nashville alt-icon Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris, Todd Snider, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell), Dixiebluebird has been described as McCann’s strongest work to date.

A wealth of road and heart-worn original material that lays a torch to the influence of bruised country soul, heartfelt Americana and southern tinged rock and roll.

Dixiebluebird also brings transition, with an introduction to Dave McCann and the Firehearts. It’s a new name, but the same superlative line up – long time guitarist Dave Bauer, multi-instrumentalist Pete Loughlin on bass, Tim Williams on drums and all the sagacious force of Charlie Hase on the pedal steel guitar.

Dixiebluebird was recorded at the Toybox Studio – a backyard studio hidden out in the old neighbourhoods of east Nashville. Owned and operated by Eli ‘Lij’ Shaw and aptly named after its incredible collection of historic and vintage gear – compressors, mics and the analog MCI console that was rescued out of Florida’s Criteria Studios after the 1970s. It’s recorded the luminaries – Neil Young, Steven Stills, Elvin Bishop, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Eagles, and that historic heartfelt rock influence can be sensed.

From the title track Dixiebluebird to the high-caliber rockers like Bloodpines and Fireheart or following through to the pendulant swerve of Tuscaloosa Blues and Unfamiliar Ground listeners can hear right off what this band is all about.

Previous releases Shoot The Horse (2008), Country Medicine (2004) and Woodland Tea (2000) garnered McCann international acclaim with fans and critics alike and found him sharing the stage with both legendary performers and the overlooked heros of the musical world.

Songs from Country Medicine and Woodland Tea were also included in the award-winning sound track to the film Hank Williams First Nation as well as the TV series.

The film sound track ended up taking home Best Music in a Motion Picture at the Nashville Film Festival in 2005.

-Weber

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