BRIAN DOLZANI - HORSE
The southern historic stories of The Band, the longing lonesome voice of Neil Young, the driving rock of Fleetwood Mac. These might be the references that come to mind upon hearing Brian Dolzani’s ninth record, 2018’s ‘Horse’. Brian is an American troubadour in the truest sense of the term - traveling the country singing his deeply personal blues, hopes, and stories. No Depression magazine calls Brian’s music ‘remarkably affecting’ and Lonesome Noise blog says his music is ‘medicine for the soul’.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Brian met his first guitar at age 16, at the same time his father died in a car accident. He poured his feelings into the instrument, which he found to be the best healing for life’s hardest pains. Many of Brian’s strongest songs deal with tragic loss and life’s meaning from a perspective of feeling, perseverance, desire, and seeking beauty and truth.
Brian’s most recent albums, 2012’s ‘If I Don’t Speak A Word…’ and 2015’s ‘A Place That I Can Feel’, have put him on the radar of Americana passionates. He has since traveled the country many times, sharing the stage with James McCartney, Bill Payne, The Black Lillies, Freedy Johnson, Cory Chisel, The Subdudes, and many others.
‘Saddle up boys and away we will ride’ - Ride
‘Horse’ was recorded at a mountain-top studio in eastern Connecticut, and features 11 tracks played entirely by Brian and his producer Eric Michael Lichter. No full track list was ever made; songs were recorded one by one, where the last song recorded gave inspiration and shape to the next song decided on and recorded. The first song recorded was the title track, and the rest of the record layed itself out in an organic, natural, unforced manner. You’ll hear organ, pedal steel, acoustic and electric guitars, layered, Crosby-Stills-Nash-like vocals, along with Western and Southern stories and characters that reveal themselves a little more upon each listen.
‘We snuck out after midnight / out past the railroad tracks’ - 50 Miles from Memphis
One place Brian found inspiration for these songs was in an Alan Lomax book titled ‘The Land Where the Blues Began’. For years Brian’s lyrics had been lifted straight from his own heart and personal life. This time he wanted to look outward a little further, dig into other wells, tell the stories of people he hadn’t met but could imagine fully. People not even of this century. People who represent archetypal American lives.
‘On Tuscarosa mountain in West Pennsylvania / she waits for him from dawn to dusk’ - Tuscarosa Mountain
‘What I’ve realized is the power of fiction’, Brian states. ‘I thought the personal was the most powerful thing. And it is powerful. I’ve told my own story many many times over. Tapping into and writing stories of a character you imagine can free you up to state truths that are either difficult or impossible given your own subjectivity.’
They say the most difficult way to perform is alone on stage. That’s how Brian often rides - just the singer, the song, and a passionate, engaging performance.
For interview contact Brian at booking @ briandolzani.com
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