The Devil’s Share

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An album of eleven original songs by poet and novelist Steven Heighton, The Devil’s Share emerges from an alchemical bath of blues, rock, folk, country, soul, and Americana.

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An album of eleven original songs by poet and novelist Steven Heighton, The Devil's Share emerges from an alchemical bath of blues, rock, folk, country, soul, and Americana. It was recorded at the Post Office Studio, Wolfe Island, Ontario, and produced by Hugh Christopher Brown. A pre-release single, "2020", appeared in December 2020.

"Steven Heighton's songs and voice truly resonate with me. They give me a sort of 'Where have you been all my life?' feeling.”
— Ron Sexsmith

Release date: April 24, 2021


LYRICS

All lyrics by Steven Heighton except for “Sometimes Even Liars Tell the Truth”, by Steven Heighton and Ginger Pharand. All songs ©  2020 Steven Heighton/Hightone Music (SOCAN).


Reviews

"Steven Heighton's songs and voice truly resonate with me. They give me a sort of 'Where have you been all my life?' feeling.”
— Ron Sexsmith

Top 50 Songs of 2021 —"New Year Song"
Record World International / Cashbox Radio

"[A] stunning debut . . . The Devil’s Share fuses the maturity of a veteran poet’s work with the luscious tones and textures of a musical savant . . . [It] attests that the best songs, like the best poems, emerge from the duet of heart and brain taking the stage together. The Devil’s Share is a masterpiece."
— Ira Israel, THRIVE GLOBAL

"Deeply moving . . . Following the poet-songwriter paths of kindred spirits like Leonard Cohen and Kris Kristofferson, he also [draws] on wider influences like Tom Petty, John Prine, Bob Marley, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Patti Smith and Robbie Robertson."
— Record World (US)

"A beautiful debut.”
— Chris White, Canadian Spaces / CKCU-FM

"A personal favorite is the jaw-dropping 'Six Months at the Worst'. Over an upbeat Springsteen-esque blue collar-rock tune, Heighton sings about the horrors of sexual assault and rape culture with direct references to the infamous Brock Turner case . . . Like songwriting legends Leonard Cohen and Kris Kristofferson, Heighton seamlessly incorporates his poetry into his music”
— Mattie Elliott, Music Mecca

"This beautiful album . . . [contains] echoes of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, yet there's a very fresh and new sound to the whole thing."
Larry Beckwith, THE FUSE

"A terrific blend of folk, rock, and blues built on the foundation of Heighton’s tender-yet-searing poetry."
Nathan Gallagher, Queen’s Journal

"Ever recommend a Steven Heighton book as a must-read? Well, here’s a must-listen: the Kingston writer’s debut album of original songs, The Devil’s Share. Wise, world-weary, diagnostic and prophetic, Heighton’s finely hewn tunes leap from your speakers as vividly as his words levitate off the page."
Neil Hobkirk, THE NOVEL IDEA

"A magnificent novel."
The New York Times Book Review, on the novel Afterlands

“The Waking Comes Late . . . plays masterfully with language, form and tone. His stunning political poems never descend to pedantry or the prosaic. A mature work: smart, moving, inventive, original.”
Jury Citation, Governor General's Award For Poetry, 2016