Juno Award-winning Canadian artist David Myles will be making an appearance in North Carolina on May 19 at Artsplosure. Last year, the event celebrated the 36th anniversary of Artsplosure – the Raleigh Arts Festival! Since its inception in 1980, the spring festival has entertained and inspired hundreds of thousands of people, introducing them to underrepresented artists and performances. Every aspect of the festival is curated with an eye toward presenting quality art – and a healthy dose of the unexpected. The festival balances critically acclaimed national artists with some of North Carolina’s best performing and visual artists. The result is an eccentric mix of artistic expression, undoubtedly with something that appeals to everyone.
Myles’ highly anticipated album, Real Love, is out now via Little Tiny Records. Album purchase is available HERE. Of the album Myles says, “It’s a record I’ve always wanted to make…a danceable, fun record that harkens back to the early days of rock ‘n roll.”
“Break out your boogie shoes.” —Magnet Magazine
“The folky finesse of James Taylor…the cool jazz of Chet Baker…the raucous rock of Chuck Berry.” —The Bluegrass Situation
“Myles’ music conveys a populist appeal that leaves no one lacking.” —No Depression
Earlier this year, the video for the single “Look At Me” premiered at The Big Takeover, who describes it as, “jauntily upbeat.” The video was shot at Joshua Tree National Park in California and features Myles performing in his patent leather shoes and bolo tie. Earlier, the album’s first single “Real Love” debuted at Magnet Magazine.
The 13-track LP marks Myles’ tenth album and his second full-length U.S. release. Written entirely by Myles and produced by Daniel Ledwell, Real Love is a departure from his previous record in that it is fully electric. It features members of his touring trio—Kyle Cunjak on bass and Alan Jeffries on guitar—plus Joshua Van Tassel on drums and additional vocals by Mahalia and Reeny Smith.
Drawing from American roots music, Real Love mixes full-bodied arrangements and dance rhythms with classic rock ‘n’ roll structures. It follows 2015’s So Far, which All Music described as “a smooth, sophisticated collection of tracks,” and about which No Depression noted, “[Myles’] low-key, unassuming style ingratiates him from the first notes forward.” Guitar World furthered, “[it’s] a toe-tapping acoustic rockabilly-ish delight.”
Myles’ sound traverses musical time periods and genres, crisscrossing folk, roots, pop, jazz and country. His embrace of varied styles and tastes has resulted in numerous collaborations—most recently, with hip hop star Classified, Grammy Award-winner Alex Cuba and Quebec’s Jean Francois Breau. His collaboration with Classified, “Inner Ninja,” netted a Juno Award (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy) for Rap Recording of the Year in 2013 and stands as the best-selling rap single in Canadian history.
A native of New Brunswick, Myles was brought up practicing Canada’s Royal Conservatory repertoire on trumpet. After earning a political science degree and briefly pursuing politics, Myles deviated. During his third year in college he bought a $30 plywood guitar while studying Chinese abroad and changed course from law school to music. Since then he has recorded ten albums, accumulated numerous accolades in his home country and built a dedicated live following where, in addition to his songwriting and musicianship, he is widely recognized for his signature suits and animated stage presence.
REAL LOVE TRACK LIST
1. Night & Day
2. Real Love
3. Night After Night
4. Knock Out
5. Look At Me
7. If You Want Tonight
8. Cry, Cry, Cry
9. Everybody Knows
13. Crazy To Leave