Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hawksley Workman

Today in Music History:

2003, US Singer, songwriter, Warren Zevon died. Recorded over 15 solo albums, 1978 US No.21 single 'Werewolves Of London'.
Hawksley WorkmanThe story of Canadian singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman is extremely weird if you believe the ongoing biography (Chapter Two) published on his website. According to the autobiography, his childhood in a rural part of Canada included such things as drifting "in the sky on a kite carefully fastened to a button on my shirtsleeve." As he grew older, he took a job cutting ice from the lake while listening to the songs of the winter birds, then once he finished his schooling, he made the transition from the forest to the big city Toronto. Well it goes on for some more weirdness and half truths I would reckon. Whatever his history his debut album, For Him and the Girls, found Workman playing virtually every note on the album in addition to recording it in his own home studio. Released in Canada in 1999, the album received critical raves in his homeland and in the United Kingdom, where Workman spent considerable time touring.

I really don't know much more than the stuff on his first album which is my bad, because I should be checking out more of his stuff. Workman has played on and produced albums for fellow Canadian artists John Southworth, Sarah Slean, Tegan and Sara, the Cash Brothers, and Paul Macleod.

Here's a cut from that first album.

Striptease by Hawksley Workman

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