Raul Midón's new album Don't Hesitate is out now via Mack Avenue's Artistry Records imprint. The album first premiered in The Wall Street Journal who said, "The album is a mix of sounds and styles, from the dusty southwestern feel of opener 'Libertad' to the folk-pop number 'Time Machine' to the Spanish-language reminiscence 'Mi Amigo Cubano,' a collaboration between Midón and the soul musician Bill Withers that features dazzling guitar leads from Midón."
Referring to the album's title track, Guitar World writes, "Midón’s skilled musicianship and silky vocal delivery shine on this track, and the entire album for that matter. With a Latin rhythmic backbone, pop sensibility and extremely solid guitar playing, Midón’s writing and production on this album are truly excellent."
Soultracks writes of Midón's impressive talents on display throughout Don't Hesitate, "Raul Midon has a gift that goes beyond his skills as a vocalist, lyricist and guitarist and his ability to transform his voice into a trumpet."
Midón recently traveled to WBUR's studios in Boston to record an interview and performance for NPR's national program Here and Now. Host Jeremy Hobson spoke with Raul about his unique playing style as well as the challenges he overcame to record Don't Hesitate himself. Listen to the segment here.
Don't Hesitate is a musical and personal milestone for the soulful and virtuosic multi-instrumentalist. Despite being blind since birth, Midón took control of every aspect of the album's recording process. The artist cut all of the tracks in his home studio, playing most of the instruments himself and handling all of the project's technical elements on his own, utilizing special computer software that enabled him to engineer the sessions. The result is a vibrant and compelling album that clearly reflects Midón's unique musical character.
A smoothly expressive singer, an emotionally insightful song-writer and an exciting, innovative acoustic guitarist, Midón maintains an expansive musical vision that's led People Magazine to call him "an eclectic adventurist" and Huffington Post to dub him "a free man beyond category," while The New York Times described him as "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus."
2. Don't Hesitate
3. All You Need
4. Mi Amigo Cubano
5. Was It Ever Really Love
6. Keep Holding On
7. God's Dream
8. I Can't Love You
9. Listen To The Rain
10. If You Want Me
11. Make It Better
12. Time Machine
13. Always Time For Love
14. I Can See For Miles
Updated Tour Dates:
09/30/14 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's
10/02/14 - Honolulu, HI - Honolulu Museum of Art
10/03/14 - Maui, HI - Art Vento
10/27/14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10/29/14 - Cambridge, MA - Regatta Bar
11/14/14 - Arlington, VA - Artisphere
11/15/14 - Newark, NJ - NJPAC Victoria Theater
12/03/14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
12/04/14 - Evanston, IL - Space
12/05/14 - Detroit, MI - Orchestra Hall
02/11/15 - Lewisburg, PA - Campus Theatre