The Hello Darlins / “Still Waters” [Single]
(featuring Matt Andersen)
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Genre: Americana / Roots Rock
Co-produced by Candace Lacina
and Mike Little in Calgary AB (MAPL/SOCAN)
What happens when a few of Canada’s most in-demand session musicians decide to create something new? You get THE HELLO DARLINS!
The concept of The Hello Darlins first took shape back in 2016. Starting when Calgary-based vocalist/producer, Candace Lacina, and keyboardist/producer, Mike Little (known as MFL), crossed paths after first meeting at a recording studio six years earlier.
After reconnecting, they soon found themselves making music together in between their work with other artists, which includes an impressive list that ranges from Shania Twain to Charlie Major, The Road Hammers to George Canyon as well as the late B.B. King. Through The Hello Darlins, Lacina and Little, along with a powerhouse cast of professional studio musicians, combine all of their skills and influences to forge a distinct hybrid of country, gospel and blues like no other.
That’s certainly true of their first single released in May 2020, “Still Waters,” featuring Canadian artist and Americana-Blues legend Matt Andersen. The single, written by Lacina, Little and Clayton Bellamy perfectly encapsulates the spirit of The Hello Darlins and stays true to what is real – right now. With the album release plans and a cross-Canada tour now being pushed to a later date, The Hello Darlins are charting a different course for releasing music this year.
“We thought it would be fun to put together a band with long-time, professional musicians who are often the people ‘behind the songs’ you hear on the radio,’” Candace explains. “It’s a ‘collective’ – with friends and special guests. It’s like the Broken Social Scene of Americana.”
Mike adds, “We write and play for a lot of great artists and we’ve always been IN the band. It’s fun to have a killer project with our friends – who also happen to be really incredible musicians.”
Along with recording at their own studio in Calgary, The Hello Darlins have been laying down tracks with bandmate & co-producer, Murray Pulver (Crash Test Dummies, The Bros. Landreth), in Calgary at Studio D, and at Winnipeg’s Stereobus – one of their frequent ports of call for producing and session work. The Darlins are also fortunate to be teaming up with multiple Grammy award winning, Mike Poole (Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, John Prine, The Wood Brothers, ABC’s Nashville TV series) to create a unique mix that supports an organic production of real instrumentation and real vocals.
It all adds up to The Hello Darlins preferring to add the great “North” to the Americana genre, a more than symbolic gesture in keeping with their musical vision that will continue to be revealed throughout this year – ahead of their full-length album, Go By Feel.
Based on what they’ve offered with “Still Waters” – including a rapidly growing fan base and a run of sold out shows earlier this year – the album can’t come soon enough!