With a catalogue built upon razor-sharp lyricism, and unforgettable melodies, Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada’s greatest contemporary singer-songwriters.
His latest solo release, Garden Songs, out February 3, 2015 on Pheromone Recordings, is partially the result of a self-imposed challenge to record and mix a full album of his more contemplative repertoire all in one hot week of activity.
Hawkins approached Pheromone’s Kim Cooke with the idea, and the wheels were quickly set in motion to lay down Garden Songs’ collection of ballads live off the floor at Toronto’s Revolution Recordings with producer/engineer Joe Dunphy.
Hawkins and his band The Do Good Assassins (Jesse Capon on drums, Alex McMaster on cello, keys and trumpet, Derrick Brady on bass, and Steve Singh on guitar) were equal to the task, and with his current industry team in place, Garden Songs marks the first time in many years that Hawkins has not had to bear all the responsibilities for an album release.
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 Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine’s reader’s poll and received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
— In 2008 The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.
With the 20th anniversary re-release of Shakespeare My Butt (Pheromone), Hawkins and his old band mates took to the road once again and completed a spring 2011 tour culminating in a career highlight performance at a sold out Massey Hall.
Over the years, Ron wrote and released two additional Low albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and in November 2012, Ron and The Do Good Assassins released their debut double disc Rome.
The Dowling Pictures feature length documentary Luck’s Hard, follows The Do Good Assassins through the recording of the Rome album and out on to the road, and had its world premiere at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto on June 14 2014.