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"I have this next track with an asterisk – that means it’s a big winner. Masterful banjo picking dominates “I Love My Truck,” and it starts strong with jabs and uppercuts in this ensemble tune. Good lyrics and again -- a bit Steve Earle inspired. It has a great guitar lead line over the rhythm section and the female vocal and combination of violin and banjo is arresting. This is a gin and juicy moment, pure jukebox fodder and handclapping addiction.
"Graff doesn’t let up – another winner comes fast and furious with “Best Bar in Hell,” – what a great title too. Keep Bruce Springsteen away from this one because he will steal it. So, coming hot on the heels of the bonfire that was track 8 – David Graff comes back with a slow tune that smolders and resonates. Harmonica and lead guitar are perfection. The accordion (Julia Graff), and female vocals frame David’s deeper vocal with poignancy. The guitars and harmonica are wicked beautiful. This shows some serious diversity and it’s a first-class country song. Nashville and Austin could not have done better. .... It’s a positive, unifying, powerful performance. Bravo #2. (Those don’t come too often)."
"A third winner in a row! Though his voice has some added echo for atmosphere Graff sings “Can’t Trust That Woman After Dark,” – and explores a cautionary tale of how certain women go off the rails with too much drink. Country legend personified. They don't sing about this too often on commercial country nowadays. It's different and that's what makes it shine. The switch in vocal style is refreshing and it shows Graff as a savvy, smart performer who understands pacing. He manages to maintain his quality, energy and creativity throughout. A Roger Miller type rollicking number that is sure to be an audience favorite."
"The beauty of “Watch Over the Ones I Love,” takes hold of a listener’s ear. This song is excellent with melodic banjo picking and a fine David Graff vocal. It has a nice inspired and ambitious polish. This could be the one to go successfully through the single route. Nice Spanish-horns (arranged by Julia Graff), subtle, laid down with a pedal steel (Steve Dawson) and a smoky vocal a note or two below gritty. And that’s good – it adds the necessary sincerity. I love it when a song has power without being loud. It’s well written, confidently performed -- it sparkles for the entire 4:23."
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MORE ABOUT DAVID GRAFF
David Graff is a Canadian singer/songwriter who began his professional music career as a drummer, recording and touring with numerous Vancouver bands at an early age. His desire to take control of his musical fortunes led him to songwriting, and he spent the next stage of his career writing and recording in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He recorded an album in 1987 with Grammy-winning producer Greg Ladanyi. He placed a number of songs in film and television and received a Genie Nomination in 1992 for best song in a Canadian movie. His last recording was an EP in 1998 entitled “Some Of What I Know.” The EP was a limited release, meeting some success, and resulted in him playing numerous shows and a handful of industry showcases.
By the turn of the century, feeling burned out on the music business, Graff moved to Bowen Island, British Columbia and turned his creative energies to making art. He quickly acquired representation in a number of galleries in Canada and the U.S. His work is in private and corporate collections around the world and can be seen in movies, television and publications. Click here to learn more GILT GALLERY
During his self-imposed hiatus, David continued to write songs, despite having no plans to share them publicly, but his creative and musical roots run deep, and he began performing again in 2012, and began work on an album of new songs in 2016. Co-produced by daughter Julia Graff and James Perrella and featuring a number of Vancouver’s top touring and studio musicians, the album “Supposed To Fly” took shape.
The title track single, 5th on the album, “Supposed To Fly” has elements of an autobiographical nature with the main character living an extraordinarily hard life. Those who connect with this folk-rock Americana song will relate to looking back on life and realizing that things didn’t always work out the way we once dreamed. Already this single is receiving heavy download from DJs on Airplay Direct and garnering spots in the top 5 Airplay Direct charts for Americana/Grassicana at #4 for 4 weeks and #2 for this single and several other cuts on the album.
The album begins with a bluesy country track “Blue” about a relationship that may not be good for you, but finds one inexplicably drawn in and features a guitar solo by Pete Heitzman, while the second cut “Another Way To Hurt Me” is David’s take on a traditional sounding country song, complete with a heartless woman and cheatin’ in a hotel room. “Watch Over The Ones I Love” features horns arranged by Julia Graff and pedal steel by Steve Dawson and is a prayer that David’s time comes before his loved ones.
Melodic folk tune “Suzanne” features a young man attempting to convince someone he barely knows that he is a worthy romantic partner, while the next Americana number featuring Leon Russel style piano by Mike Kenny is built on stories from his truck driving brother and looks at constant travel and as is true for most, the fact that love is our most important and reliable “Home.” Melodic 70’s style folk track “The Only One I’ve Got” is written for his daughter and is lyrically self-explanatory. Musically David envisioned Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy cowriting with Harry Nilsson.
A tongue in cheek ode to a man’s love of his vehicle, is also a wink and a nod to modern country music clichés in the country cut “I Love My Truck” and moves nicely to a country Americana barroom song “Best Bar In Hell” featuring Eagles style harmonies from Julia Graff and Kirby Barber, effectively revealing the story of a hardscrabble couple who decide to seek redemption by taking their chances with the afterlife. Bluesy Americana country number “Can’t Trust That Woman After Dark” is a cautionary tale about a woman who goes off the rails when drinking and is based on real life experience from a distance.
Americana tune “Each Little Kiss” was originally written on piano in tribute to Aimee Mann and Burt Bacharach and was inspired by David’s love of pedal steel mixed with a pop melody and features pedal steel by John Ellis. Another well-crafted Americana cut, is a song about picking up a hitchhiker in Tofino, BC and tells the story of him coming from Toronto to the ocean and a town nicknamed “Tough City” in search of a better place to live and die and features some fiery banjo playing by Dave Barber. The folk-rock song “Vapour Trail” ends the album and is about a relationship that burns fast and furious but quickly fades. Cindy Fairbank plays organ taking the listener into Procol Harum territory.
This 13 track album is quintessentially Americana, recorded at studios: Afterlife Studio, Cates Hill Chapel, MacArthur Productions, House Up On The Hill, The Woodshed and Raincoast Studios in British Columbia and The Henhouse Studio in Nashville. All songs were written by David Graff, produced, engineered and mixed by Julia Graff and James Perrella. String and horn arrangements by Julia Graff, mastering by Graemme Brown - Zen Mastering, artwork and layout by Joe Latham at lookhappydesign.com
A new chapter for David Graff begins with “Supposed To Fly.” For more information and booking please visit www.davidgraffmusic.com
"David Graff's new album "Supposed To Fly" is a strong collection of songs co-produced with his daughter Julia Graff and James Perrella that really deserve loads of airplay. With a voice that feels like a blend of Tom Petty, Don Henley and Joe Walsh, and some fabulous musicianship from a strong group of side players including Steve Dawson, Kirby Barber, David Barber and John Ellis, this radio friendly release has some finely crafted songs that run the gamut from reflections on life, to cautionary tales about relationships and favourite trucks. "This is an album that *really* deserves to be listened to. I can't say that enough times." Jan Hall - Folk Roots Radio with Jan Hall - Listen to the interview HERE
"DAVID GRAFF/Supposed to Fly: An old school country cat that gave it a good spin before dropping out for an extended period now comes back as a killer freek folkie that takes Americana to it’s strangest corners (as opposed to it’s darkest ones). You can just hear this being right at home in a dive bar full of hipsters." Chris Spector - Midwest Record
"David Graff "Supposed To Fly" is a very pleasant, enjoyable, melodic Americana release taking the listener through from folk to soft rock through country tunes. David Graff sounds just right on all of these catchy melodies." Michel Penard - Radio ISA - French Bonjour and Americana Music - France
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