Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada’s greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. Prolific as he is, Ron follows up his Feb. 2015 release of Garden Songs, with Spit Sputter and Sparkle, showcasing his exemplary skills with a word, a hook, a riff and a melody. Slated for a March 25th, 2016 release via Pheromone Recordings, the album features 11 new originals, including the first single, Beautiful Girl.
The new album was primarily recorded at Ron’s 55 Below home studio with Ron taking care of all vocals and instrumentation. Additional production, engineering and mixing was helmed by Joe Dunphy at Toronto’s Revolution Recording. Drummers Pat Steward and Jody Brumell contributed stellar rhythmic support and horn sections (arranged by Ron) were added on several songs. Extensive touring starts on release day with two nights at Toronto’s Lee Palace, followed by a Western Canadian swing beginning the following week.
As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada’s legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins has enjoyed many accolades through the years:
In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005, Chart Magazine honoured the group’s 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time. In 2000 and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine’s reader’s poll. Also in 2000, Ron received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.
Over the years, Ron wrote and released three additional LOTL albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and in November 2012, Ron and The Do Good Assassins released the double disc Rome. Adding them all up, Spit Sputter and Sparkle is Ron’s 15th album of original material.
“My little home studio is only nine feet by nine feet but it’s packed with toys and musical goodies. It’s a bit like going down the rabbit hole.” Ron continues; “I spent the better part of a year down that rabbit hole and when I came out the other side Spit Sputter & Sparkle was born. This album is the gutter, it’s the noise, it’s the glass on the sidewalk and the stars above your head. It’s all the blur and speed of living in the city in the 21st century.”
Spit Sputter and Sparkle is due to lift Ron onto the musical pedestal he has clearly earned.