Dave Gleason 'Turn And Fade' 326

Dave Gleason is an example of someone who loves traditional country music, filtering it through many layers of related genres to produce music that is relevant to these times. Gleason is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. The latter skill is obvious from the opening instrumental All Morning Long. The title track is next up and Gleason is joined by harmony vocalist Cindy Wasserman, as he is on a number of other tracks. If You're Going Through Hell is classic heartbreak and features the fine pedal steel playing from long-time California country sideman Chris Lawrence. Pale Blue again highlights Gleason subtle Telecaster guitar skills with some extended playing. Gleason delivers some heartfelt vocals on songs like The Neon And The Wine another tale of lost love and doubtful dignity. Radio 1965 is a uptempo song that musically is rooted in the more free thinking broadcasting era of it's title's era, even if the lyrics again look at more emotionally troubled times. But for this listener a definite album highlight is the mournful lament for times, people and places now gone by, The Rails Don't Run Here is just on the right side of sadness, one that draws the listener into the songs and to allow one to imagine their own losses. The second instrumental The San Joaquin, has the flavour and styling that the title would suggest as well as referencing back to earlier times with echoes of Don Rich and the Buckaroos. So it's appropriate to mention the players on this album who along side Chris Lawrence include bassist Jason Chesney, drummer Justin Smith and second guitarist Rich Dembowski. Debra Tala play accordion on another slow meditative track Tonight, as well as on The Rails Dont Run Here. Collectively this team deliver. This is Gleason's forth album and arguably his best to date. The album closes with two more strong songs Wait For The Rain and Wishing I Was Here Tonight. The former a slow, guitar and voice lamentation while the latter a more robust band outing that rounds out a terrific album that highlights how far what passes as country in mainstream Nashville these days has gone. But then California country always seemed to be at odds with Music Row and always for the most part, produced the more interesting and lasting music.