“Hey Dan, where’s my art?” the people of Portsmouth, New Hampshire would shout at award-winning singer/songwriter Dan Blakeslee, who, in addition to crafting thoughtful and poignant music, is a maker of visual art. Fifteen years ago, Blakeslee had deeply overcommitted himself, and for about a year, decided to skip using main thoroughfares and opted for walking the town’s alleyways. “Fast forward to over a decade later, making this record, I found myself in the same position of owing so much artwork to people so I was able to relive the song with ease in the studio,” he recalls of making his new tune, “The Alley Walker,” from his forthcoming album of the same name.
Recorded in a 150-year old mill by a river, The Alley Walker features folkster Blakeslee, who has toured with The Lumineers, Josh Ritter, and The Low Anthem, accompanied by The Calabash Club; composed of Nick Phaneuf (bass), Jim Rudolf (drums), and Mike Effenberger (organ, accordion), The Calabash Club adds an emotional and timeless quality to Blakeslee’s thoughtful lyrics and unique chord progressions.
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents the album’s emotively intriguing title track, “The Alley Walker”: