DAVID CHADWICK: The Hard Edge
By Greg Prebble
This is the first album from singer and guitarist David Chadwick since his folk music trio Jade released one in 1976. Utilising a number of local Kapiti and Wellington musicians, including his own son Toby on a guitar solo, Chadwick’s album is peppered with the vocal stylings of Roy Orbison, David Gray and Tom Petty over the top of a mixture of 12 original country, blues and folk songs. Produced at Audiosuite studios in Paraparaumu, there’s a nice keyboard flow on the Doors-y Night Follows Day and the piano accordion from Carylann Martin on Broken Shells is quite serene. Expect to see David at a nearby pub or café next time you’re passing through when, as one of his lyrics suggests, “like a rabbit in the headlights you have nowhere to go”.