Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Springsteen & Scialfa Rejoin Dion

Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen previously worked with the iconic singer that is Dion on ‘Hymn To Him’ a track from his 2020 Blues With Friends album, and the pair now return for another date courtesy of his latest single,Angel In the Alleyways’.

The song is the third single to be released from Dion’s forthcoming new album Stomping Ground that will be out on 5th November through Keeping The Blues Alive Records. It was written by Dion and Mike Aquili.

Dion has long been known as a man of faith and ‘Angel In The Alleyways’ reflects that in terms of its lyric and the setting of the official video, that you can watch right here at RAMzine.

It was shot at the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, a Spanish monastery constructed in the eleventh century.  It fell into disuse in the 1830s and was ultimately shipped in pieces to Miami where it was reconstructed in the 1950s.  Scialfa and Springsteen’s contribution was shot in their home studio. The song’s theme is one of abiding belief with a line that underscores Dion’s dedication to the blues:

“An angel walks, An angel prays, By your side at night unseen in the alleyways, Who guides the hand that comes to play? Like BB King and Stevie Ray, Who takes the pain we didn’t choose? Turns it into Chicago Blues”.

In the liner notes that accompany Stomping Ground, Dion writes, “I gave Patti a simple, raw demo of ‘Angel In The Alleyways’, with just my guitar and vocal. What you’ll hear now is what Patti made of it. There are five verses, and she treated each of them in a unique way. This is her gift. The lady’s imagination is unlimited. Her husband contributed the right tones on guitar and harmonica. They are my dream team. They truly make me feel loved.”

You can pre-order Stomping Ground and stream Angel In the Alleyways’ here. 

Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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