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Alana Levandoski’s new album Lions & Werewolves was recorded in a 100-year-old church in rural Kelwood, Manitoba, and at the upscale Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, England. The album was produced by British helmsman Ken Nelson, renowned for his work with Gomez, Coldplay, Badly Drawn Boy and Paolo Nutini.

“I had always wanted Ken to record this album,” Levandoski explains. “I wanted someone outside of the roots world who is a fan of popular music, but I had no idea how I was going to go about getting him. It was my big dream.”

Luckily, one of Alana’s writing partners provided a link. “I was writing in Toronto with Simon Wilcox, and she mentioned that she knew Ken,” recalls Levandoski. “We got in touch with Ken and he heard my songs. I also played a gig in Liverpool. I think he was intrigued by me, and he thought I was a good songwriter.”

Levandoski had already gained the respect of much of the music world with her outstanding debut album Unsettled Down, released by Rounder Records in 2006. Reviews of Unsettled Down were plentiful and enthusiastic. Levandoski was profiled in numerous U.K. publications, including Maverick and The London Times, and in such national Canadian magazines as Maclean’s, Chart and Penguin Eggs.

Following Unsettled Down, Levandoski co-wrote with such leading American songwriters as Quinn Loggins, Sam Ashworth, James LeBlanc, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Rachel Thibodeau, and Gary Nichols. She also co-wrote with Canadians Sylvia Tyson, Colin Cripps, and Simon Wilcox. Levandoski toured the U.K. and Europe four times, sharing bills with Dar Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, and Lynn Miles. In Canada, she toured nationally with the Corb Lund Band and did dates with Stephen Fearing, The Arrogant Worms, and Tanya Tucker.

The experiences she was having were related to her work, as is reflected in the emotionally-charged music of Lions & Werewolves. “When I began thinking about this record, I knew I wanted an evolution,” says Levandoski. “I also wanted to allow myself to grow organically, and to listen to my instincts. The album is very organic. Some people might be surprised that it evolved as much as it did. But I had over two years of touring in eight countries. And working with Ken Nelson, I wanted someone to put a twist to what I do."

“I really believe in Alana,” says legendary BBC Radio 2 announcer Bob Harris. “Her songs are intelligent, warm and strong. She’s a

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April 26 - Los Angeles, MusExpo, The Viper Room, 8 p.m.


Lions & Werewolves (2009)
Unsettled Down (2005)

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