DAWN LANDES MEET ME AT THE RIVER

Landes is one of the most fearlessly innovative musicians working today, but this 12 song collection results from an unexpected partnership with Nashville legend Fred Foster, (Roy Orbison’s ‘Pretty Woman,’ Dolly Parton’s debut album & co-wrote ‘Me & Bobby McGee’) Despite shaping up as something of a musical odd couple, Landes and Foster bring the best of their respective worlds to create something exceptional. Foster has not taken on a new act in years, sporadically producing for friends like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price. Foster said Landes dazzled him with her heart-wrenching vocals and expressive songwriting. The connection was instant, and Foster’s semi-retirement was no more. Landes duets with Bobby Bare on her original ‘I Don’t Dance,’ one of 10 she penned, embracing themes of heartbreak (‘Why They Name Whiskey After Men’), wanderlust (the insatiably catchy ‘Traveling’) and reckoning with youth (‘Southern Girl,’ ‘Old Memories’). She also revives a pair of lost gems from folk singer Jimmy Driftwood, a Foster collaborator from the 1960s. His politically-charged ‘What Is The Colour Of The Soul of a Man’ feels particularly poignant in her hands.