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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 4:00 AM

with Whitney Rose
Alan Doyle chalks up a lot of where is he right nowwith both his third solo album and his second book released in October 2017to luck. Im the luckiest guy Ive ever even heard of, he says. This was all I ever wanted, a life in the music business, singing concerts. I was lucky to be born in the family I was, in Petty Harbour. I was lucky that Sean, Bob and Darrell found me and asked me to join their band. I was lucky the Canadian music fans were into it.And yet, one listen to A Week at The Warehouse makes it plainly clear that theres a lot more than luck at play in this decades long, awards-studded career. This album, recorded live off the floor with Doyles beautiful band, as he calls them, with producer Bob Rock at the helm, is chock-a-block with country-tinged, radio ready tunes that bring with them the flavour of some of Doyles favourite artists, from John Mellencamp to Rocks own band, Payolas (In fact, Doyle covers a Payolas tune on this album, Forever Light Will Shine, with that bands singer, Paul Hyde appearing as a guest vocalist.)In addition to Rocks work with Payolas, Doyle loved the metal albums Rock produced in the eighties, and his more recent work with the Tragically Hip, Jann Arden, and others. Its a real treat to get to meet your heroes and they turn out to be nicer than you ever imagined, Doyle says. A couple things about Bob, hes first of all, still a massive fan of a good song, for a man whos seen hundreds and thousands of them, hes still thrilled to get a chance to work on a good song with a good band in a good studio, thats still a perfect day for him. And secondly hes just a wonderful motivator to get great players to play at their best.That kind of ease and experienceplus the incredible talents of Doyles touring bandmade recording A Week at The Warehouse a relative breeze. Of the band, Doyle says, I am so by far the worst person. I wish I was being modest. Theyre an incredible band to sing with every night. I look around the stage and I cant believe my luck.Doyles desire was to have an album that sounded and felt like the live show, and A Week at The Warehouse does just that. Lead single Summer, Summer Night is a co- write with long time collaborator Thomas Tawgs Salter. Doyle had it in mind to write a Celtic country song about summer nights in Petty Harbour when he was a young adult, playing guitar and singing with his friends around a bonfire on the beachand teaching his friend Jimmy to play one song, he figured he could get that one girl to go out with him. I showed him how to play Dirty Old Town and if memory serves correctly it was very successful. Its a fun song about letting yourself go the way you could when you were that age.Then theres the ukulele and whistling ditty Beautiful to Me, also co-written with Tawgs Salter. This one, Doyle says, is a response to an attempt in North Carolina to limit the access trans people have to bathrooms in schools. I was drawn to write a song that told people on the outside that they were certainly welcome in my place, Doyle says. If youve got love in your heart, thats all that matters to me. Its such a simple little song. Its gentle. I just want everyone to know that if you feel like youre on the outside, youre not on the outside in this groupmy arms and doors are open wide.In effort to balance the sound of album with something more rooted in Doyles own history, he dug out an older tune, one hed written for the Robin Hood film in 2010. Doyle remembered the film had used the chorus and parts of two different verses of Bully Boys, but he couldnt remember which. So he took to YouTube, hoping to find the scene. I found dozens if not hundreds of versions of that song, from Spain, Croatia, China, the UK, he says, astonished. People have written their own verses in the old traditional way, it has made its way around the world as a sea shanty. Its the old way of spreading a folk song, but using the Internet. Doyle knew he had to finally record the

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