The dark, sad song of the White Throated Sparrow can be heard just about everywhere on the Canadian prairie around Winnipeg, the wind-swept hometown of Brandy Zdan (Zuh-dan). And like that bird's melancholy melody, Zdan's voice echos that similar theme, and has guided her on a musical migration across Canada, The States, and Europe.
Emerging for the first time as a solo artist, Lone Hunter seems an apt description for Zdan's first record. Through each song Zdan picks up her past, looks to her future and explores some of life's harshest yet most beautiful truths. Poetic at times, her fearless desire and experience unfolds into the songs, creating something for the listener that tempers heartache and hope into one stronger emotion.
Richly-textured vocals stand foremost in each song and then are tightly bound to rich guitar tones, solid drums and subtle electronic melodies. The simple arrangements add powerful thunder to the beautiful lightning storm of vocals. This is especially evident on tracks like I Remember When You Used To Love Me' , the lap steel/pedal steel duet of 'Does Everything Break' , or the confessional 'Lone Hunter.' A departure from standards and perfect genres, Lone Hunter fits into a space all it's own.
Recorded & Produced by George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard, Band of Heathens) in Austin, TX, Lone Hunter features guest musicians as members of The Trishas & Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel guitar (Phosphorescent, Alejandro Escovedo), with Zdan holding it down on all the other instruments. Zdan will be on tour in support of the EP in Europe in the late fall.
In 2011, Zdan was recruited as a triple-threat side woman by Austin-based female super-group The Trishas for her six string, lap steel, and accordion skills. She currently tours through out the United States with them in support of their new album 'High Wide and Handsome.'
Zdan also co-founded Twilight Hotel with Dave Quanbury and together they recorded 2 juno-nominated albums (Canada's Grammy equivalent) --2008's Highway Prayer and 2010's When the Wolves Go Blind-- forging a sound that critics likened to "old leather, worn and soft" and earned them the handle "rulers of their own genre."
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