‘Fearing the Dawn‘ is a country-blues shuffle of a song on which Bill Filipiak sings of coming to terms with his father’s death – not an easy journey as he confesses that “It took five years for me to say goodbye to you” and then, perhaps just as hard to accept “now the world is expecting me to fill your shoes“. Speaking of the song Bill Filipiak emphasized these themes “There’s something about that moment when you realize, ‘I’m the eldest in the family, I’m the patriarch now’ and facing that new dawn, that’s scary as hell.”
As a producer for the Grand Ole Opry, Bill has worked with, befriended and learned from an impressive list of artists including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Keb Mo, George Thorogood, Allison Russell, Lera Lynn and Sarah Jarosz. And for the last five years, taking inspiration from these luminaries, he’s embarked on a solo career of his own. ‘Fearing the Dawn‘ is taken from Bill’s third solo album ‘Medicine I Need‘, which will be released on the 1st of October. As He says “When you have the opportunity to talk songwriting with these people and watch them perform—I’m talking about folks like Larkin Poe, Sarah Jarosz, Molly Tuttle, Bryan Sutton and Allison Russell; artists like Lera Lynn and Maggie Rose, who insist on finding their own path while staying true to who they are; or maybe you spend a couple days with a legend like Keb Mo, George Thorogood or Ray Wylie Hubbard—after that it’s hard not to pick up your instrument, try to emulate what they’ve done, then come up with your own idea and follow through on it.“
Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?