Dirt Road Confessional

by Jeffery Straker

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1.
Beauty in the Grey
2.
Bravery
3.
Thousand Miles Away
4.
03:06
5.
03:55
6.
Sweet Sweet Nothings
7.
Something's Gotta Give
8.
Queen of Broken Souls
9.
Fool for You
10.
Get What You Give
11.
Walking Shoes
12.
Fades to Grey

about

Jeffery Straker’s new 12-song recording “Dirt Road Confessional” brings a roots-inspired flavour to his piano-driven sound. The musician grew up listening to country music on the farm where he grew up in rural Saskatchewan. At the same time he was studying and enjoying classical piano music – eventually playing full sonatas and concertos by composers like Beethoven and Grieg. While doing that he was a sucker for a good pop song with a great hook, as well as the poetry and wordsmithing of Joni Mitchell. Fast forward to this album. The singer-musician and road warrior has created a recording that sounds like his influences: little bit roots/country, a little bit piano-folk-pop, & a lot of wonderful stories. Lyrically the album speaks to the tug between life on the road pursuing a dream of music and the longing for love and cultivating a relationship. It takes the listener into the dusty corners of life's travels, through it's dynamic yet cohesive range. Some songs add a steel guitar as accompaniment to the piano, while others invite dobro and banjo to the microrphone to add the right texture and flavour. Produced through 5 recording sessions that took place in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia; Toronto, Ontario; Los Angeles, California; & Regina, Saskatchewan.

Jeffery thanks: FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) and Creative Saskatchewan for the financial assistance in making this album. Special thanks goes out to the Saskatchewan Arts Board for the long term support of Jeffery's creating and touring.

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releases May 19, 2017

All songs written by Jeffery Straker (SOCAN)
Except: Deliver Me & Bravery written by Jeffery Straker (SOCAN), Royal Wood (SOCAN), Lawrence K Katz (ASCAP)/What He Said Songs (ASCAP) | Walking Shoes written by Jeffery Straker (SOCAN) & Jay Semko (SOCAN) | Queen of Broken Souls written by Jeffery Straker & Karen Kosowski (SOCAN)

Producers/Engineers: Daniel Ledwell (Something’s Gotta Give, Fool for You, Fades to Grey); Dean Drouillard (Sweet Sweet Nothings, Get What You Give); Brad Prosko & Murray Pulver (Beauty in the Grey, Boom Boom, Thousand Miles Away, Walking Shoes); Lawrence K Katz & Royal Wood (Deliver Me, Bravery); Robyn Dell’Unto (Queen of Broken Souls)

Recorded at: Something’s Gotta Give, Fool for You, Fades to Grey (Echo Lake Studio, Lake Echo Nova Scotia); Sweet Sweet Nothings, Get What You Give (Dream Date Studio and Hepbourne Lab, Toronto ON); Beauty in the Grey, Boom Boom, Thousand Miles Away, Walking Shoes (Touchwood Studios, Regina SK); Deliver Me, Bravery (Argyle Studio, Los Angeles California); Queen of Broken Souls (Beaconsfield Ave, Toronto ON). Backing vocals on Deliver Me recorded by Dean Drouillard at Hepbourne Lab.
Backing vocals (Erin Prop) on Walking Shoes recorded by Murray Pulver at Signpost Music.
Steel guitar, banjo, electric guitar on Queen of Broken Souls recorded by Aaron Goldstein at Baldwin Street Sound.

Mixed by: Daniel Ledwell (Something’s Gotta Give, Fool for You, Fades to Grey) at Echo Lake Studio; Dean Drouillard (Get What You Give) at Hepbourne Lab; Brad Prosko (Thousand Miles Away, Walking Shoes) at B-Rad Studio; Tim Abraham (Deliver Me, Bravery, Beauty in the Grey, Boom Boom, Sweet Sweet Nothings) at The Hive; Stew Crookes (Queen of Broken Souls)

Strings on Get What You Give, arranged/recorded by Drew Jurecka
Horns on Sweet Sweet Nothings, arranged/recorded by Bryden Baird
Horns on Fool for You & Fades to Grey arranged/recorded by Daniel Ledwell
Steel guitar on Thousand Miles Away recorded by Stephen Hinson (Nashville TN)

Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Carvalho Mastering (Toronto ON)
Design/layout/typography: Christine Peters
Cover Illustration: Natasha Sasic
Photography: Jeffery Straker

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Jeffery Straker

Jeffery is a Canadian singer-songwriter-pianist touring 100+ shows yearly. He performs in living rooms, clubs, theatres, & at festivals. He's performed in concert with a symphony orchestra & debuted at Canada's National Arts Centre.
Chicago Free Press says: “Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential & beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list”
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Track Name: Boom Boom
Boom Boom

I thought I was empty, empty in distress
Thought there was no use getting myself outta bed
I thought my heart was all but dead

But you’re like Ringo Starr just tapping on my chest
I can’t seem to get you outta my head, play me like your drum
Oh that rhythm has begun, ya ya ya

Chorus
You’re putting back a little boom boom
you’re putting back a little boom boom in my heart, ya ya ya
you’re putting back a little boom boom, you’re putting back a little boom boom in my heart

With a beating of your snare you’re marching me off to
The waiting fields of my waterloo, if this were war oh I’d lose
just giving in to you, ya ya ya

Chorus

You’re my booster cables you jump started me
You’re a bolt of lightning, you’re electricity
Thought it was a wasteland, hopeless and cold now this
Being with you this power of 2, I can’t see this getting old
No no no no

Was just a hollow echo achin by my lungs
But you brought em back to me one by one by one
Oh behold my salvation

Chorus
Track Name: Deliver Me
Deliver Me
I’ve been waiting for the truth to come, I been down on bended knees
I been looking for the way to go home now, baby please deliver me

Chorus
Only love, love, is enough, is enough
Only love, love, please deliver me

I been out alone for so long, I been lost at every turn
I been searching for the one to get me through now, baby please deliver me

Chorus

I recall when words were spoken, they’re just echoes in my head
Now I’m feeling for the broken, baby please deliver me

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