One Track Mind: Dave Stewart with Martina McBride, “Every Single Night” (2013)

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Dave Stewart continues blending his quirky brand of rock with rootsier influences, this time adding big-voiced country chanteuse Martina McBride — who gooses this yearning lament through its soaring bridge in the same way Linda Ronstadt used to on those old Neil Young records.

McBride has actually been playing a background role in Stewart’s last two Nashville-recorded projects, as both 2011’s The Blackbird Diaries and 2012’s The Ringmaster General were recorded at her husband’s studio. McBride added a few additional vocals to those albums, and even prompted a key change in the song “All Messed Up On Love” — which had originally been called “All Fucked Up on Love” before McBride demurred on singing that particular word.

Meanwhile, Stewart also worked on the Reba McEntire sitcom “Malibu Country.” Never fear, though: As “Every Single Night” illustrates, Stewart has simply absorbed these new Americana sounds — not been subsumed by them. “Every Single Night” connects with the lonesome reverie that powered so many of best songs with the Eurythmics, but with a modern new sheen. Well, and Martina McBride — whose voice, despite being housed in a tiny package, still packs quite the wallop.

This is the second preview track from Stewart’s forthcoming album Lucky Numbers, due in September. He released “What Is Wrong,” featuring Orianthi and Vanessa Amarosi, back in July.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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