Carleton Stone's latest album Draws Blood (GroundSwell Music) finds the 28-year-old songwriter delivering his most personal artistic statement to date. Co-produced by Howie Beck (Feist, Hannah Georgas, Hayden) and Jason Collett (acclaimed singer/songwriter and member of Broken Social Scene), the album radiates with vibrant life.
The album won Recording of the Year and Pop Recording of the Year honours at the Nova Scotia Music Awards in November 2014. Draws Blood is also currently nominated for a 2015 ECMA award for Solo Recording of the Year.
Dodging between the hushed tones of “Blood is Thicker Than Water," the Low-era Bowie inspired “Climbing Up The Walls," and the graceful pop of “Signs of Life," Draws Blood's three song opening introduces a vast sonic pallet that continues throughout the album. Influences and inflections are meticulously pieced together to carry the emotional weight of each track.
The album is dedicated to Stone's mentor and close friend, Jay Smith. A veteran musician in Nova Scotia, Smith was a trusted confidante and Stone's first-ever co-writing partner. He passed away mere weeks before Stone was to enter the studio to record the album.
Paying heartfelt tribute to his longtime friend, Stone summarized the album's theme by saying, “Draws Blood is about what we lose in life and the way we hold ourselves as we carry this pain forward, still trying to find the joy that makes every day worth living."
The loss, the healing, and the clear-eyed, dogged pursuit of a life well lived are present throughout Draws Blood. A desire to address these weighty and relatable experiences is at the core of Stone's strength as an artist. He excels at tapping into an ideal balance between that lyrical gravity and a love of melody. An unabashed pop music fan, Stone says his tenure co-writing at the Gordie Sampson Songwriting Camp has been an eye-opening experience that allowed him to mature as a composer.
Teaming with songwriting vets like Sampson, Beck, Collett, and, previously, Hawksley Workman (the Juno Award-winning musician who produced Stone's 2011 self-titled album) has fine-tuned Stone's understanding for how to pick the right songs for an album. He says his ultimate goal is to pick the ones that impress him more than others.
After all, he concedes, the older you get and the more you write, “the harder it gets for your own work to impress you."
NOV '14 - Draws Blood wins Recording of the Year and Pop Recording of the Year honours at the Nova Scotia Music Awards
APRIL '14 - Climbing Up The Walls, the lead single from Carleton Stone's new album Draws Blood, reached #1 on the national CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart.
DEC '13 – “When You Come Home" a track from the upcoming Draws Blood album is featured in a TV and radio campaign for NS Workmen's Compensation
JULY '13 – Leader at the Gordie Sampson Songcamp
APRIL '13 – Recorded new album with co-producers Howie Beck and Jason Collett NOV '12 – Won Nova Scotia Music Award (Rock Recording of the Year)
FEB '12 – Nominated for ECMA 2012 Pop Recording of the Year
SEPT '11 – Released self-titled debut record on GroundSwell Music/Warner produced by Hawksley Workman
“The new star on the horizon belongs to Carleton Stone, who is quickly developing into a major national talent." - Bob Mersereau (CBC Radio & author of “The Top 100 Canadian Albums")
“Stone embraces this same charisma through his positive vibe, likeable voice, and ability to capture the audience." - Plaid Magazine
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