Experts in relaxation might want to ponder whether a more low-key job exists than being the executive producer of a new age album. Lest the research become too taxing, only something like Lil' Abner's status as a mattress tester comes to mind, but it would not do to accuse Dave Evans of being a slacker of this order. He has worked hard on his productions, sometimes even hauling a sitar to productions. Not to be confused with much more aggressive performers with the same name such as the original vocalist for AC/DC, the new age Evans is mostly associated with the Windham Hill label, to no great surprise.
His name came up on this genre's crystal-coated, incense-scented horizon in the mid-'90s, Evans noodling on guitar on projects such as David Arkenstone's Return of the Guardians. Evans eventually got the nod when Windham Hill was looking for a producer to helm collaborations devoted to both the winter and summer solstices, a subject that relates to several different interpretations of the word "nod." Working together with fellow producer Jimmy Waldo, Evans began visualizing an ensemble called Spirit Nation in 1998, mushing together trip-hop rhythmic elements with the sound of a vocalist from the Native American Tucuhnut tribe, Judy Crescenzo.