Song Premiere: Steve Dawson’s “Bad Omen”

January 2022

Steve Dawson wears a lot of hats: He’s an in-demand producer/engineer, a podcaster (check out his “Music Makers and Soul Shakers” podcast if you haven’t yet… it’s great), and a seven-time Juno Award-winning musician.

When we heard Dawson had a new album coming out on March 18 (his first of three for 2022!), we had to hear more. The Fretboard Journal is proud to premiere “Bad Omen,” the new single from Gone, Long Gone for our readers.

“This came out of a riff I wrote during a soundcheck with Birds of Chicago and stumbled across on a voice memo a couple years later,” Dawson says of the tune. “It’s played on my Weissenborn lap steel guitar. It sounded dark and ominous and it pulls from similar themes of bad luck to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition.’ On this live version, I set up for a day to play a bunch of the new songs at The Studio Nashville with Dennis Crouch (Robert Plant/Allison Krauss, T-Bone Burnett), Jen Gunderman (Sheryl Crow) and Justin Amaral.”

Pre-order Gone, Long Gone here.

Above photo: Laura E. Partain