Americana Highways presents this premiere of Anthony da Costa’s song “Waltz,” from his new album Feet on the Dashboard. Feet on the Dashboard was recorded in “The Cave at House of Blues Studios in Nashville, TN; produced and mixed by Kenneth Pattengale, and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang. It was mastered by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering in Ringwood, NJ.
The album cover design and photography is by Jacqueline Justice. With footage at Acme Radio’s studio, the video provides an aesthetically gentle setting to this languid, moving folk music penned by Anthony da Costa. A waltz may be just what you needed to hear today. Anthony da Costa demonstrates a keen intuition for fluidity on Feet on the Dashboard.
I was thrilled to be invited by ACME Radio into their downtown Nashville studio..Hammel, Rachel and the crew are doing amazing things over there, and remain some of the staunchest supporters of local, live, independent music that I know. Plus, sometimes they even let me live out my fantasy of pretending to be a disc jockey…This is my ultimate dream: to be able to listen to music and talk for a living. It was also a pleasure to sing the song live with Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys. She sang it on the record with me, and singing live with Ruth is my other ultimate dream, always.
‘Waltz’ is a song that came to me while sitting at a friend’s piano in East Nashville. I had just moved to town and followed a girl here. I was thinking of our awkward summer together, and how poorly we used to dance together at this weekly honky tonk dance here in town. Once, I took a two-stepping lesson from a friend to try and impress her. I learned all the moves: the steps, the twirls, the dips.When I unveiled my newfound skills the very next week, she stared in horror as we flew around the dance floor in a frenzy. We never really danced again. But hey – that’s love sometimes. It’s awkwardly beautiful, and sometimes we step on each other’s toes. The song was called ‘Friend Of The Band’ until Kenneth Pattengale sat down with me and helped craft my quirky idea into what might be my favorite love song that I’ve ever written.
Ruth Moody’s beautiful harmony vocal makes me feel things each time I hear the track. — Anthony da Costa
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