Donovan, Shadows of Blue, and Nashville

by Chris Murray on July 2, 2013

Donovan just released his new album Shadows of Blue. I spent several days with Donovan at the Treasure Isle Recording studios in Nashville while he recorded Shadows of Blue. There was magic in the air at the sessions. Back in 1965 “Catch the Wind” was Donovan’s first song released in the U.S. and was on a Nashville label, Hickory Records. It went to no.3 on the U.S. charts.

Shadows of Blue © Donovan, 2013.

Shadows of Blue is a mix of wonderful ballads, rock and roll, and country. Donovan’s dear friend John Sebastian joined him at one of the sessions and contributed some terrific harmonica to Donovan’s song “Harmonica Girl”.

Two long time friends, Donovan and John Sebastian greeting each other in Nashville and John playing a song at Treasure Isle Studios.

Donovan and fiddle player Wanda Vick and Donovan and peddle steel guitar player Mike Johnson.

Donovan and bassist Tom Petterson (Cheap Trick) taking a break from the recording sessions and enjoying some guitars at the legendary Gruhn guitar shop in Nashville.

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