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New album launched at hometown gig
Singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse launches his third studio album at Birmingham Glee Club on December 7.

Raw State sees the Black Country-born/ Birmingham-based musician largely revisiting songs he has recorded and performed before.

Dan Whitehouse, Raw State
Revisiting songs: Dan Whitehouse


He says the impetus for the project came from his tour promoting his second album Reaching For A State of Mind.

"Having spent time with the songs, I'd grown to learn their individual characteristics," he says of the tour set-list. "It's like I've got a deeper relationship with the songs now than when I recorded them. I know what care and attention they require, which words need a little softening, which ones need a good kick every now and then.

"I very much wanted to make a record in the 'traditional' method, where the performer enters the studio to simply capture/ record a performance. Over the years of listening, I think the records that have had the strongest emotional impact on me were made that way.

"There's something about these raw, exposed performances and soulful singers that connects with me, like a direct line to the listeners' heart."

Dan Whitehouse, Raw State


The album was produced in collaboration with Danny George Wilson and Chris Clarke of the band Danny And The Champions Of The World. The resulting recordings find previously released songs such as A Light, Come To Me and live favourite Somebody Loves You re-staged and taken in new directions.

"The recording process can be tough and with technology there is the temptation to undo, re-do and edit in the extreme," explains Dan. "Working with Danny and Chris we removed the magnifying glass from the process. I felt confident in doing this as the songs themselves were fully formed, so I felt free to cut loose a little, and simply play."

Dan Whitehouse, Raw State
Cutting loose: Dan Whitehouse


For his Raw State launch show at Birmingham's Glee Club Dan will be joined by his full band, including BJ Cole (pedal steel), Harriet Harkcom (vocals), June Mori (piano), Simon Smith (bass, vocals), Steve Brookes (percussion) and Thomas Bounford (violin). Award-winning Irish songwriter Duke Special will be his special guest.

"The whole experience, from touring Reaching For A State of Mind, to recording and collaborating with Danny and The Champions Of The World and BJ has been incredible,'' admits Dan. ''I've learned so much and Raw State captures that experience, that growth - it is the album I've always wanted to make. It's the end of one chapter and beginning of another for me."



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Why? Birmingham-based singer launches his new album in his hometown
When: December 7, 2014
Phone: 0871 472 0400
Where: The Glee Club, Birmingham
Cost: £8 plus fees
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