Dione Taylor – Album

After a stint playing in Dione Taylor’s live outfit “The Backsliderz”, Dione and I began writing together. I wanted to capture some of the huge, infectious, and raw energy of that was happening live, with some ethereal sounds and more intimate compositions that I was drawn to.

Backliderz (2015)

We wrote two songs together initially and both of us felt really excited about the connection. She brought me on board as the producer, and a year and a half long collaboration began to make a full length recording.

I could not be more excited about the result.

The collection of songs, performances, and production is the result of many, many hours and a great team including: Mark Mcintyre (bass, snyth), Lyle Molzan (drums, percussion), and Tim Abraham (mixer). Dione sang like crazy on the record and I played every fretted instrument I own.

Additional instrumentation by Jeff McLeod (B3 organ), Jessica Deutsch and (violin, viola).

Here’s a little teaser of Dione laying down a vocal part live in my studio. Raw and unmixed, but I hope it gives an idea of the vibe.


  • Joel Schwartz

    Joel Schwartz

    Joel Schwartz is a seasoned guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and award winning producer.

    With 20 years of experience as a professional musician, he produces recordings for contemporary folk, Americana, roots, blues, and indie-rock musicians.

    Joel has toured and/or recorded with: Birds of Chicago, Amelia Curran, Matthew and Jill Barber, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Jessica Mitchell, Aviva Chernick, Andrea Koziol, Dione Taylor, Lydia Persaud, Jadea Kelly and many others.

    The recordings he’s played on and produced have won, or been nominated for numerous awards including the Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Folk Music Awards, Ontario Folk Music Awards, Maple Blues Awards, and Blues and Roots Radio Awards.

    Joel proudly endorses K&K pickups and Neunaber pedals.

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