You never know where the blues will arise from in this province, whether it’s the South Shore, or Truro, and in guitarist Dan Doiron’s case it’s Port Hood, Cape Breton that provides ground zero for a blazing spitfire guitarist and his six-string wall of sound.
Doiron comes down firmly on the rock side of the blues, offering up a primal electric scream on the title track of his second release From Deep Inside, and some quirky licks in Still where he offers no apologies for the arrested adolescence that is a life devoted to making wire and wood wail like a banshee. But he also offers up a softer side on the ballad Too Good to Me and the slowburn number What Did You Expect, taking hard knocks on the chin and fighting fate with fret-calloused fingers.
Dan Doiron is an excellent guitarist. His latest release, From Deep Inside, draws to mind the guitar playing of David Gilmour, Eric Clapton and Glenn Frey. From the opening riff of "At The Hard Knocks Cafe", the first song on the new album, you know you are in for one hell of a musical ride. With a band consisting of Mike Carroll (Drums), Keith Doiron (Bass) and the amazing Kim Dunn (Organ), Doiron leads you through this musical ride masterfully.
Doiron started his first band in Port Hood, Cape Breton at the age of 13. Since those early days, when he would travel everywhere with a guitar strapped to his back, Doiron has completed a music degree from Dalhousie University and has become an established musician, music educator, guitar clinician and recording engineer. In 2011, Doiron released his debut album, Even My Guitar is in Love With You, which was nominated for both a Music Nova Scotia Award and East Coast Music Award for 2012 Blues album of the year.
From Deep Inside starts with a couple of songs that showcase Doiron's exceptional up-tempo guitar playing ("At The Hard Knocks Cafe" and "From Deep Inside"). "What I Did Then" and "Still" are other songs on the album in that vein. These songs also allow the bands' playing to shine.
"Let's Get Into It", took me (wonderfully) back to 1980's Glenn Frey; and ""What Did You Expect" called to mind some early Eric Clapton solo material.
Even though I enjoyed the up-tempo songs, my favourite moments listening to From Deep Inside came when Doiron slowed things down a little. Songs like "Too Good To Me", "Misunderstood", "Am I Blue Enough" and my favourite song on the album "Last Chapter" allowed me to close my eyes, sit back, and feel the music. If you have ever listened to David Gilmour's solo recordings (especially his 1978 self-titled album), you will know what I am talking about. The guitar playing on these songs take the listener to another place. It is a magical experience.
" Dan Doiron's new release, "From Deep Inside", is a superbly recorded and produced CD. I am impressed with the sound of this record. This CD is excellent on a number of fronts. The song writing is strong. Musically, there are plenty of great hooks delivered by veteran musicians who fully understand Dan's creativity.
Play it loud and enjoy this thoroughly excellent CD."
Host, The Blues Own
"I get lots cds from Artists wanting to play festivals I organize. Every once in awhile, a cd stands out in terms of the combining factors. Dan's cd combines great songwriting with great musicianship. However, the fact that the cd is so well-produced puts it ahead of the usual pack. Sometimes, listening to great music is tough to do if the production is not there. Dan and his entire team have nailed it with this cd and all the factors combine for a great listen, over and over. Track #4 is definitely my favourite."- Jay Chetwynd (Producer Smokin' Blues Fest)
Hey if you're like me and love the sound of a screaming guitar, you've got to get your hands on Dan Doiron's latest CD,"From Deep Inside"!!!! It has those crazy guitar riffs that keep you waiting for the next one. There are great vocals on every track.
. What about the standard rock ballad, you ask?? It's there too, Dan's smooth vocals on this one are fantastic!!
What ever you're supposed to be saving that money for, no worries, GET THIS CD INSTEAD, you'll be glad you did!!
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There is a great tradition of Blues guitar players in Canada's Maritime provinces. With this album, Dan Doiron adds his name to the list of great players but additionally great songwriters. "At The Hard Knocks Cafe" paints a picture every road musician will relate to. "Too Good To Me" is a memorable ballad that will become an immediate favourite. The guitar leads burn and jump out of the tracks - Dan's solos are ably supported by his son Keith on bass, Mike Carroll on drums and Kim Dunn on organ, (Great to hear organ played this way again). Dan's travels take him across Canada - if you get the chance to hear him play, have a listen and become a fan.
What do you do when you release your debut album after more than 20 years in the music industry? Well, you follow it up soon after with its little brother! This is exactly what Dan Doiron has done. After releasing “Even My Guitar is in Love with You” in April of 2011, Dan is back not even two years later with his sophomore effort “From Deep Inside”.
After many years playing the role of music educator, (B.MUS.Ed from Dalhousie University with a major in classical guitar), guitar clinician and recording engineer, the time had arrived for Dan to step into the spotlight on his own and in doing so picked up both an ECMA and Nova Scotia Music Award nomination for his debut.
Fans of Dan’s work on “Even My Guitar is in Love with You” should make a smooth transition to “From Deep Inside” as his signature blues inspired pop/rock sound is still present with some great guitar work, some delicious riffs and some strong songwriting.
Dan is joined by the talents of Kim Dunn on Organ, Mike Carroll on drums, and his son Keith Doiron on bass on “From Deep Inside” that help breathe life into Doiron’s visions.
The album opens with a great opening lick in “At the Hard Knocks Café” an energetic tune that instantly makes you want to pick up a guitar and figure out that riff. The title track’s impact lies within the honesty of the lyrics and the song’s driven delivery. There is lots of great lead work in this tune.
“What I Did Then” is a fun stand out tune reminiscing about the care free lifestyle of one’s younger self. Once again this song is armed with great guitar work and a sing along chorus. “Still” is a pumping song that has a seriously impressive solo. Its fury leads nicely into the more chilled out “What Did You Expect”, which oddly enough reminds me a bit of the sand worlds in Super Mario Bros. III with its slow Sunday crawl.
”Misunderstood” carries over a similar vibe, and may be the best track on the album. I’ve taken about 10 passes through this album and each time something new jumped out at me. This is a guitar album, and the album’s 10 tracks make me want to jam along.
My personal experience with Dan has always been positive. From sharing a songwriter’s stage, witnessing a few of his performances to having him produce my very first recording back in the early 90s, he has always been a class act. After talking to him for even a few minutes you just know that this is a guy who loves music and it is showing in spades on his albums.
Dan’s drive to create comes very naturally.
“My passion has always been to express myself through the guitar and throughout the years, it’s made me who I am,” he says.
Dan’s band has toured throughout Atlantic Canada promoting the debut release, including performances on the main stage at the premiere Atlantic Canada Blues Event and The Dutch Mason Blues Festival, for the past two years.
"Even My Guitar is in Love With You".... just nominated for a 2012 East Coast Music Award and a Music Nova Scotia Award for Blues Album of the Year!