Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Dan Walsh is already well known for his collaborations with a number of talented musicians. He's added his bluesy-bluegrass signature style to two dozen albums and toured across North America, Europe and Australia.
For many years Walsh was a key member of Fred Eaglesmith's band, The Flying Squirrels, where he played more than a couple of hundred gigs a year and shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Willie P. Bennett and the Del McCoury Band. Lately he's been touring the country with noted singer-song writer Brock Zeman and appears on his latest albums (The Bourbon Sessions and Hundred Dollar Difference), which were also produced by Dan.
On this release, we get Walsh solo once again, with VirtuSoSo (Busted Flat Records), the 2nd release where the spotlight falls on Walsh's instrumental genius. But in true Walsh style, his original compositions with lap steel and electric slide guitar, baritone and acoustic guitars (and more) are not at all showy, but understated, moody -- and mesmerizing.
Musician, Corb Lund says of Walsh's sound: "Walshy is awesome. I've played with him lots and he's on everybody's record and he's always tasty as hell."
Producer and musician, Gurf Morlix adds, "Dan is one of the most musical people I know. Never played a bad note in his life. Never will."
"Walsh is what people sometimes refer to a 'musician's musician,'" says Mark Logan, founder of Busted Flat Records. "He's so talented and he can play in so many different styles and voices, but he still has his own sound - his own vision and style. Diesel & Smokes is a tribute to his incredible versatility and originality."
There is a seamless flow throughout Walsh's instrumental compositions on VirtuSoSo, and the production shows there's nothing and nowhere to hide. There's no slicked up, pumped up or pimped out production here, but a naked organic sound that highlights Walsh's warm strings. VirtuSoSo is intimate without being self indulgent.