After the success of Dreamers of the World Unite, Lethbridge turned 'guitarist for hire', grabbing the opportunity to add his own guitar stylings to the songs of artists he admired. He joined Young Werther's national tour in support of their 'Knights of the Department Store' album and, after a chance meeting in a Richmond guitar shop, spent a year as lead guitarist for Damon Smith's band The Quality Lightweights (whose debut albumI Thought I'd Be Someone By Now was launched in 2011 to rave reviews).
Now, newly inspired and with a five-piece band named The Campaigners, it's time for Dan to reclaim centre-stage.
Oh Hawke (named after the street on which the album was recorded) aims to be a candid, more authentic recording than Dan's debut. The songs were captured on a 16-track recorder in a make-shift home studio in West Melbourne where - with a limited number of tracks to work with - every vocal and guitar line had to count.
Looking for the right person to bring them to their full potential, Dan turned to Melbourne's master of mix, Shane O'Mara. Having admired O'Mara's work with artists such as Tim Rogers and Charles Jenkins, Dan was thrilled when he agreed to take on the project. The result is an album that perfectly showcases Lethbridge's strengths as a songwriter. Taking cues from the classic songwriters of today and yesteryear, along with Lethbridge's own unique musical vision, Oh Hawke is a stunning mix of the light and the dark, the old and the new.
'Delivering in both style and substance, Oh Hawke is a nutritious treat for the ears. Lethbridge can make the point or share the sentiment with just a few lines - a rare and admirable trait in a songwriter' - Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine.
'Oh Hawke, Melbourne singer-songwriter Dan Lethbridge's second album, is a sparse, sophisticated collection of folk and folk-country ruminations on life and love. Oh Hawke is a record that deserves, and benefits from, repeated listening, as there is a lot to enjoy here. This album comes recommended.' - The AU Review
'With his mannered songs of heartache and self-examination, Lethbridge bridges the gap between alt.country, folk and the clear-eyed indie pop of yesteryear's Candle Records roster. Oh Hawke is full of quietly gripping moments, this may sound commonplace but it's the songs that stay with you.' - Doug Wallen (Rolling Stone/The Big Issue)
'Oh Hawke is a gentle gem. These songs are sturdy and reliable, not throwaway. This is an album that gently gets under your skin... these songs should be all over the radio'. - Jeff Jenkins, Inpress Magazine