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Dave McCann and The Firehearts get back to roots

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Dave McCann and The Firehearts perform at the Empress Theatre on Friday, March 1.

Mix together a strong story-based narrative with acoustic underpinnings and you’ll get Dave McCann and The Firehearts’ new roots recording, being released at the Empress Theatre on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
McCann’s newest effort, Westbound ’til Light, is a collection of songs whose stories are based on fascinating North American folklore, including a song about Frank Slide and another based on the history of one of Canada’s largest unresolved murders in 1880.
“It felt good to switch gears from the last few recordings and return to my earlier acoustic roots,” McCann said. “It’s hard to find that sometimes without feeling like you are working backwards, but I think we really pushed these songs ’til we captured something truly magnetic.”
The new album features a strong collaboration with Josh Fewings (drums, percussion) and Benj Rowland (banjo, tenor guitar, accordion) of Ontario’s folk-duo, Mayhemingways, along with Dave Bauer (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin), Shawn Worden (bass), Ethan Askey (harmonica), and Lori Reid (background vocals).
McCann first found his musical footing when he moved to Calgary from Ontario 20 years ago and started his band, Dave McCann and the Ten Toed Frogs.
Now living in Lethbridge, McCann is possibly one of the best untold singer-songwriters working in contemporary roots music.
He has made five other critically acclaimed recordings, including Woodland Tea, Country Medicine, Shoot the Horse, Dixiebluebird and Circle of Light. Dixiebluebird was a benchmark album for McCann and the Firehearts, recorded in Nashville with Americana guitar icon and producer Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell).
McCann has described his previous music as “blues-tinged southern roots that unleashes the scorching honesty of pure hand-built rock and roll,” and “a wealth of road and heart-worn original material that lays a torch to the influence of bruised country soul, classic southern rock and heartfelt Americana.”

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