Title - Deeper Than My Roots
Artist - The Davey Johnstone Band
For those unaware, Davey Johnstone has been Elton Johnís guitarist for 50 years. He has also played with Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz and many, many more!
Indee, in his role as Music Director he will resume the hugely successful Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour with Elton and the band in January 2022.
And so, as Johnstone celebrates 50 years of being Elton Johnís guitarist (a lengthy stint that began with 1971ís Madman Across The Water), he has taken time to record this unique and very personal set of songs.
With amazing sleeve artwork created by his wonderful daughter Juliet and his 16-year old son Elliot singing on the majority of the tracks, Deeper Than My Roots (out February 11th, 2022 via Spirit of Unicorn / Cherry Red Records) is a family affair that underlines Daveyís virtuoso guitar.
1. Go Easy On My Heart
2. One Look In Your Eyes
3. Meh Amour
4. Walt Dizney
5. Melting Snow
6. You Lied To Me
8. Boxer In The Corner
9. Black Scotland
10. The Final Quarter
11 Here, There And Everywhere [Bonus Track]
12 All the Time In the World [Bonus Track]
Recorded during the pandemic hiatus that postponed Elton Johnís Farewell Tour, the set opens with the lush summers breeze of Go Easy On My Heart and the gently psych-ambiance of One Look In Your Eyes and backs those up with the soft-70ís-imbibed Meh Amour, the translucent guitar instrumental Walt Dizney and then come the low key, balladry pairing of Melting Snow and You Lied To Me.
A personal triumph following his debut Smiling Face some 48 years after its 1973 release, the album continues onward with the Western-tinged Deeper and the almost crystalline Boxer In The Corner and then in turn follows them with the foot-tapping instrumental Black Scotland, the magically-crafted, 70ís throwback aura of The Final Quarter, before rounding out the album with two CD-only bonus tracks: the floating hipsway of Here, There And Everywhere and the Elton John-esque All the Time In the World.
A real family affair, Elliot, the youngest Johnstone, is lead vocalist on the record, with Davey supplying one lead vocal himself. Charlie Johnstone recorded many of the basic tracks at their home in California. Charlie also supplied keyboard and background vocal parts.
Jesse Johnstone played drums remotely from his home in L.A. Jesse also joined his father and eldest sibling Tam Johnstone, on writing, recording and producing the albumís two instrumentals, Black Scotland and Walt Dizney.
The beautiful artwork for the sleeve was conceived and designed by Juliet Johnstone.
Denny Seiwell, the legendary drummer from Paul McCartney and Wings helped out on three tracks, and Nigel Olsson supplied drums on Melting Snow and much of the recording was done by Major Wynn at Marlon Hoffmanís Kenrose Studio in California.
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