A special note from David
Our precious first childhood years are often our most formative. For me, this rings especially true. As far back as I can remember, I was surrounded by music. My dad used to sit and strum country songs for us kids while we drifted off to sleep (or, rather, tried to stay awake for "one more!"). He'd sing us old John Denver, Highwaymen, and Hal Ketchum tunes, among others. For years I thought "Take Me Home Country Roads" was my dad's song, and to this day, his is the definitive version for me.
My grandfather "Gumpy" is an accomplished Canadian songwriter in his own right, and it was he who truly cemented my love for the craft. He's been a major influence of mine since I started spending summers in Ontario and playing guitar at age ten. He and Dad also introduced me to the rich musical culture North of the border—prolific Canadian artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Blue Rodeo, and The Tragically Hip shaped my style and inspired me to share my heritage through music.
Rock N' Roll runs deep
Though my Canadian roots run deep, I grew up in Maine and fell in love with American Rock N' Roll in high school. I still remember the day my mom first showed me Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction. Man, I never looked back! Aerosmith, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Bob Seger were soon blasting from my 2001 PT Cruiser everywhere I went. And yes, I drove a PT Cruiser. Best car ever made, yessah.
Bringing it all back home
When I went into Nashville's Hidden Creek Studios to record my new album, I wasn't sure what to call it. I had eleven of my favorite songs I'd crafted over the last few years, some written in Maine, some in Nashville, and some on the peaceful shores of Palmerston Lake in Ontario, Canada. And that's when I realized what these songs meant to me—my years of listening, learning, and soaking up song after song have converged in this moment. This record truly is a beautiful snapshot of my experiences up to this point. It's filled with stories of life, love, laughter, loss, girlfriends, growing up, God, chickens, nature, and a hell of a lot more. It's not all literal, but it's definitely all real. I'm wicked, wicked excited to be sharing this with you, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, crafted from twenty-three years' experience and across two home countries, my new record: Can-Am.