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Don't You Think We Should Be Closer? ~ Mistakes I Meant To Make ~ Buy It

By way of four albums with Alberta country-rockers Old Reliable and collaborations with the likes of Calexico, Bob Egan, Howe Gelb and Corby Lund, Mark Davis has been sharing his portraits of love, longing and loss for thirteen years. Tradition now takes a bold step with the simultaneous release of two solo albums: Don’t You Think We Should Be Closer? and Mistakes I Meant To Make.

Though arriving in the world at the same time, the two records are fraternal rather than identical twins. Don’t You Think We Should Be Closer? is the dense, polished and planned product of months of work. Mistakes I Meant To Make, on the other hand is the quiet, sparse, raw and off-the-cuff result of a three-day recording spree. While Don’t You Think… highlights the talents of a large supporting cast, Mistakes… makes only sparing use of two guest artists. Where Don’t You Think… features drum machines and a full rhythm section, Mistakes… employs only the occasional tapping of a tambourine.

Nonetheless, these two records are certainly the children of the same musical parent. This will come as no surprise to fans of Old Reliable’s varied repertoire – the innocent country folk of Gone Are The Days, the experimental leanings and love story of The Gradual Moment, the eclectic boldness of Pulse Of Light/Dark Landscape and the driving rock of The Burning Truth (nine weeks in the Canadian campus / community radio top 50; selected to Exclaim! Magazine’s top ten roots albums). Those who have seen Davis and Old Reliable at one of their many appearances across North America can look forward to hearing selections from the new recordings at clubs and festivals throughout the next year.

Whether you are a long-time fan or are hearing Mark Davis for the first time, Don’t You Think We Should Be Closer? and Mistakes I Meant To Make will draw you into a world of big-sky soundscapes, poetic honesty and damn fine songwriting.

Mark Davis - Don't You Think We Should Be Closer? CD coverDon’t You Think We Should Be Closer?

With Darrek Anderson (pedal steel), Robin Hunter (lap steel, electric rhythm and lead guitar), Shuyler Jansen (electric bass), Jody Johnson (acoustic and electric bass, bowed bass), Romi Mayes (harmony vocals on track 4), Mike Silverman (drums on track 4, percussion), Marek Tyler (drums, percussion), Sarah Wheeler (harmony vocals).

Track Listings

  1. So The Wind Don’t Blow it All Away
  2. Bitter-endless
  3. Flowers in My Hand
  4. Saved By Radio
  5. Burning Post
  6. Just As Nowhere
  7. Come To This
  8. The Strongest I Have Known
  9. Eight Years
  10. Saviour
  11. Closer

Recorded by Scott Franchuk at Riverdale Recorders. Produced and mixed by Scott Franchuk and Mark Davis. Mastered by Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA. Art and design by Warren Heise.

Mark Davis - Mistakes I Meant To Make CD coverMistakes I Meant To Make

With Jay Crocker (baritone guitar, lap steel, piano, pianorgan, synthesizer, trombone arrangement), J.C. Jones (trombone).

Track Listings

  1. All Because She Once Was Mine
  2. By The Time
  3. In On Me
  4. In the End
  5. She Floated Away
  6. So the Wind Don’t Blow ‘em All Away
  7. The Strongest I Have Known
  8. Fool For Her
  9. Wild, Free, Gone

She Floated Away written by Grant Hart. Recorded by Dave Alcock at Sundae Sound. Produced and mixed by Dave Alcock, Jay Crocker and Mark Davis. Mastered by Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA. Art and design by Warren Heise.

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