Your Roots Still Run Deep is Dan Gooch’s debut album, to be released independently in October 2013.
For his full-length first offering, Dan Gooch serves up a brassy mix of roots ballads and barn burners. Your Roots Still Run Deep is inspired by family history and the Canadian wilderness. Crabapple Tree and Big Old Oak Tree lament the passing of family members and friends while Green Lantern and Rouge River Blues make light of Dan’s Great Grandfather’s fabled speak-easy and home town of Pickering, Ontario. Radiant Lake, Cold Wood Floor, and Drive into the Sun describe emotional experiences associated with the passage of Canadian seasons. Mountain Song takes us overseas and recounts Dan`s encounter with Mount Fuji. La Baie Georgienne and Mars Shadow document stunning natural phenomena encountered in Ontario`s wilderness and Be my Butternut is just a straight-up gourmet love song.
Dan’s lyrics are emphasized by sweeping vocal arrangements. Long-time musical collaborator Emily Jill West delivers haunting vocal lines and Jono Gooch offers his magical brother harmonies.
Soaring yet intricate Brass Quartet arrangments feature prominently on Your Roots Still Run Deep and they are what sets Dan Gooch’s music apart. Dan arranged and performed each part with varying combinations of Trumpet, Flugel horn, Trombone and Euphonium.
All instruments on the album were recorded acoustically. Jim Sexton’s Double Bass occupies all of the right spaces, venturing far beyond expected bass territory. All other instruments are performed by Dan. No guitars were used, instead replaced by chucking ukulele and claw-hammer banjolele. Dan recorded the piano parts on the piano he learned on as a child. The Harmonium provides a hypnotizing harmonic bed to complete the harmonic landscape.
Your Roots Still Run Deep was recorded by Dan Gooch and mixed and mastered by Mike Butlin. It’s at once an earnest artistic debut and a showcase of Dan’s extensive tool kit.