July 14, 2023, marked a pivotal moment in the career of John Dorsch, the Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist, as he released his latest folk rock/Americana album “Elevation” under the MTS Records label. The collection consists of 15 tracks, all of which are original compositions penned and recorded by Dorsch himself, showcasing his seasoned artistry and unique musical style.
Listen to “Elevation” on Spotify, here.
Dorsch, with a guitar career spanning 45 years, has cultivated a sound that is deeply influenced by a mix of iconic musicians, including Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Beatles, Jerry Reed, and Merle Travis. His music is a rich blend of traditional and contemporary, weaving together vibrant melodies and storytelling that take listeners on an immersive journey. The album’s first single, “Faith In Me,” sets the tone for the collection, accompanied by a music video that adds a visual layer to the musical experience.
The production of “Elevation” took place at JDM Studios, with the final mixing and mastering handled by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn Studios in Ottawa, Ontario. The album is a testament to Dorsch’s craftsmanship, with his wife, Dani Baribeau, adding her touch with African Djembe drum, percussion, and harmony vocals. The track “Save Just One More Life” also features Paul Johnson on mandolin and bouzouki, while Bonny Skiffington lends her voice for harmony vocals, enriching the album’s sonic landscape.
Dorsch’s arsenal of instruments is nothing short of impressive. His collection includes a range of guitars that cater to his versatile playing style, such as the 2018 CGP Maton “808” acoustic, 2018 Gibson J45 acoustic, Manouche “Django” Gypsy Jazz acoustic, Gold Tone “Paul Beard” Resonator acoustic, 2013 Custom Fender Telecaster, and the 1989 Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitars. Over the years, he has embraced fingerstyle guitar, allowing him to play with unrestricted flair and blend jazz, pop, and rock influences seamlessly.
Dorsch’s music is more than just a collection of songs; it’s a mission to spread joy and put smiles on faces. Living in the tranquil Rideau Lakes area of Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada, he draws inspiration from serene summer nights and the hauntingly beautiful calls of loons. His creative process also taps into experiences from international travel, infusing his music with a worldly perspective.
Now, months after its release, “Elevation” stands as a significant chapter in Dorsch’s musical journey, a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. For those yet to explore the album, it is available for purchase and streaming. Fans and new listeners alike can delve into John Dorsch’s world and learn more about his musical endeavors by visiting his official website, https://johndorschmusic.com.