Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Mia Dyson is thrilled to announce her new album If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back, out March 9 on Single Lock Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia. Mia has also unveiled the video for her new single Fool and announced a series of headline shows around the country in March.
Since self-releasing her debut album at age 22, Australian singer/songwriter Mia Dyson has instilled her music with raw passion and timeless vitality, along with the sharp musicianship she’s shown in opening for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and Eric Clapton. In creating her forthcoming sixth album If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back, the L.A.-based artist deepened the connection to her musical roots by recording at Portside Sound: a studio in the same Muscle Shoals building where legendary records by the Bob Dylan and Joe Cocker came to life.
Produced by Alabama Shakes keyboardist Ben Tanner and Dyson’s longtime drummer Erin “Syd” Sidney, If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back adds a stylistic unpredictability to her soulful, introspective strain of rock music. Along with proving her extraordinary magnetism as a guitarist, the album finds Dyson shaping each emotionally intricate track with a more intense vulnerability than she’s ever revealed before. Also featuring such musicians as bassist David Hood (who played on songs like The Staple Singers' “I'll Take You There”) and John Paul White on backing vocals, If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back arrives as the latest addition to an acclaimed catalog that includes 2014’s Idyllwild (praised by outlets like Rolling Stone Australia) and 2012’s The Moment (an ARIA Music Awards nominee for Best Blues & Roots Album).
If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back is an album offering Dyson's most frenetic guitar work and delicate vocal performance yet—a dynamic that echoes her examination of conflict and acceptance. “In the past few years I’ve gotten into meditation and studying philosophy, and through that I’ve found that whenever I’m against something, I suffer,” Dyson says in discussing the album’s themes. “My mission now is to be open to the world as it is, especially at a time where there’s so much division. Which isn’t to say I don’t want change—but in the moment I’ve got to be open to what’s really going on, instead of always fighting against it.”