„The Blackbird Diaries“ ist anders als alles, was Dave Stewart während seiner illustren 30-jährigen Karriere mit den Eurythmics oder als Solo-Künstler geschaffen hat. Das Album, das in einer durchgehenden Session von fünf Tagen und Nächten in Nashville fertiggestellt wurde, bietet brandneues Material, darunter ebenso ein zusammen mit Bob Dylan geschriebenes Stück, wie Duette mit Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat und Features von The Secret Sisters.
Mit deutlichem amerikanischen Einschlag und verankert in Rock, Country und Blues präsentiert „The Blackbird Diaries“ eine komplett andere Art des Songwritings, die Geschichten erzählt und viele autobiographische Züge beinhaltet. Dies ist auch ein Weggang vom Pop-Rock Sound, der ihn zu einem der erfolgreichsten und verehrtesten Songwriter und Produzenten aller Zeiten gemacht hat. Die Karriere von Dave Stewart überspannt mehr als 30 Jahre und insgesamt mehr als 100 Millionen verkaufter Alben, plus einen Lifetime Achievement Award mit Eurythmics-Partner Annie Lennox.
Recently completed in Nashville, the album was produced by Dave Stewart and Mike Bradford and was recorded and mixed by John McBride at his famed Blackbird Studio.
The Blackbird Diaries is set to feature all new material including a co-write with Bob Dylan as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and features The Secret Sisters. Dave is backed throughout the album by a stellar assortment of musicians on the album including guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and Mike Rojas on piano.
As an integral part of Stevie Nicks new album, "In Your Dreams," (he was co-producer, co-writer, photographer, performer and movie director) Dave has been invited by Stevie as her special guest to perform at Webster Hall in New York City on May 4th.
“This was my favorite time ever in the studio, I wrote most of the songs on the spot and recorded all of them in one incredible session lasting 5 days and nights!,” explains Dave Stewart. “I made an unusual film of the process that not only features all the musicians and performers but also gives away some of my writing secrets which involves both a well known fortune teller and hypnotist who allowed themselves to be filmed in session with me.”
Dave Stewart’s The Blackbird Diaries is unlike anything he has embarked on during his illustrious 30 year music career both with Eurythmics and as a solo artist. With an American flare and rooted in rock, country, and blues, the album is in the vein of recent releases by Bob Dylan and Neil Young – masterful recordings mixed with rich and detailed lyrics. The Blackbird Diaries showcases a very different type of songwriting for Stewart with more story-driven autobiographical lyrics, which is a departure from the pop / rock sounds which have made him one of the most successful and revered songwriters / collaborators of all time.
Tales of loves conquered and loves lost, Dave gets intimate, personal with words while he allows his music to rock free on an album that might just prove to be this artist’s second, and perhaps finest, act.
A multi-media entrepreneur, Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the entertainment industry today. His career spans more than 30 years and more than 100 million album sales, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award with Eurythmics partner Annie Lennox.
With Lennox, Stewart delivered ingenious pop / rock hits such as "Here Comes The Rain Again," "Would I Lie To You," "Missionary Man," and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)". One of the most sought-after writers and music producers, Dave has crafted songs for and collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Tom Petty, and Gwen Stefani (to name a few) and has shared the stage with everybody from BB King, U2, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Stewart has won Best British Producer four times and Best British Songwriter five times, as well as numerous Grammy, MTV, and European awards.
A highly-regarded artist and filmmaker, Stewart has scored and penned the title songs for many hit movies throughout the years, including the Mick Jagger collaboration for the film Alfie, which won the pair a Golden Globe. He produced the award-winning documentary Deep Blues, and his feature directorial debut Honest premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. Stewart and songwriter / producer Glen Ballard recently wrote a musical adaptation of the 1990 Jerry Zucker film Ghost, which opens in London’s West End in June this year. This Year Stewart also co-wrote and co-produced Joss Stone’s new album as well as Stevie Nicks’ new album “In Your Dreams” which marks the first occasion Nicks has ever collaborated on a solo album. (wrasserecords. com)
,,Er lud Stevie Nicks und einige Nashville-Hochkaräter in die Aufnahmeräume und produzierte sein eigenes versiertes Americana-Songbook. Mehr nach Südstaaten kann ein vom Pop besessener Engländer kaum klingen." (Audio, Juli 2011)
,,Ein Engländer, dem man den Südstaatler abnimmt." (Stereoplay, Juli 2011)
,,Der Ex-Eurythmic hat den Blues." (Rolling Stone, Juli 2011)