Dawes On Tour –

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Biography

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, US, Dawes are a four-piece folk-rock band, creating a sound reminiscent of 1960s ‘Laurel Canyon,’ of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills & Nash through their dynamic vocal harmonies and well-crafted acoustic songs.

Starting life in 2009, Dawes were formed out of the remnants of the band, Simon Dawes, after main songwriter Blake Mills left the group. The remaining members continued, shortening their name to Dawes. Featuring brothers Taylor Goldsmith (lead vocals/guitar) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Tay Strathairn (guitar) and Wylie Gelber (bass), the band recorded their debut album, “North Hills,” with producer Jonathan Wilson. The album received positive critical acclaim, praised for its roots-rock and classic sound. They recorded the album using analog tape, helping to give a vintage authenticity to the record, which also featured contributions from Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone.

Their second record was released in 2011, titled “Nothing Is Wrong,” which broke into the mainstream charts, peaking at number 23 on the Billboard album chart. Following the release, the band toured alongside Blitzen Trapper on a large-scale US tour. Dawes also performed at the Occupy Wall Street event in Liberty Park, New York, US, helping to support the cause through a set in collaboration with Jackson Browne.

Their third release, “Stories Don’t End,” appeared in April 2013, preceded by the two singles, “From a Window Seat” and “Just Beneath the Surface.” The album again was positively received and faired well in the Billboard charts, reaching number 36, as well as number five in the US Folk Albums chart. Their third album signalled a change in their sound after moving to producer Jacquire King, releasing the album on Red General Catalog rather than ATO Records, which was the home for Dawes’ first two albums.

Dawes – Stories Don’t End – In The Studio – The Recording Process

 

 

Tour Dates

Saturday, April 18th 2015 Portland, OR | US

Friday, June 5th 2015 Seaside Heights, NJ | US

Saturday, June 6th 2015 Seaside Heights, NJ | US

Sunday, June 7th 2015 Charleston, WV | US

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 Chicago, IL | US

NEW SHOW: PORTLAND, OR | APRIL 18

Dawes will play a free Record Store Day in-store performance at Music Millennium in Portland, OR at 6pm on April 18.

More tour dates to be added

Listen to “Liberty Street”, unreleased Bob Dylan song performed by Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith

Pictured: Elvis Costello, Jim James,T Bone Burnett, Jay Bellerose, Rhiannon Giddens, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith. Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Showtime © 2014 Showtime Networks Inc

Pictured: Elvis Costello, Jim James,T Bone Burnett, Jay Bellerose, Rhiannon Giddens, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith.
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Showtime
© 2014 Showtime Networks Inc

 

As previously reported, an all-star contingency of folk rockers recently convened to create music for two dozen newly discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan. Entitled Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, the 15-track collection is the culmination of two-plus weeks of studio time by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Mumford and Sons’ Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, and super producer T-Bone Burnett. The lyrics in question date back to 1967, taken from the same period that spurred the recording of Dylan’s iconic Basement Tapes.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the collective has already shared several album tracks: the Jim James-fronted “Nothing To It”, the Elvis Costello-led “Married To My Hack”, the Marcus Mumford-helmed “When I get My Hands On You”, and “Spanish Mary”. Today, Goldsmiths takes over as frontman on “Liberty Street”.

Despite the sheer star power of the project, this song is perhaps the most quaint and minimalist of the entire project, with Goldsmith crooning over some gentle piano and the faint whispers of a back-up chorus. Still, that light touch perfectly fits the song’s overall scope, with undertones of religious exploration and a message of personal growth/freedom. Watch its accompanying lyric video below, a slightly abstract animated piece.

 

The New Basement Tapes – Liberty Street (Lyric Video

 

 

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes will arrive November 11th via Electromagnetic Recordings / Harvest Records. The album is being accompanied by a Showtime documentary set to debut on November 21st.  According to a press release, director Sam Jones’ Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued presents an “exclusive and intimate look at the making of Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes set against the important and historical cultural backdrop of Bob Dylan’s original Basement Tapes.”

Meanwhile, Dylan himself will release the entire collection of The Basement Tapes on November 4th. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 spans a whopping 138 songs, including 30 never known to have existed. Stream it in full here.

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes Tracklist:
01. Down On The Bottom
02. Married To My Hack
03. Kansas City
04. Spanish Mary
05. Liberty Street
06. Nothing To It
07. Golden Tom – Silver Judas *
08. When I Get My Hands On You
09. Duncan and Jimmy
10. Florida Key
11. Hidee Hidee Ho #11
12. Lost On The River #12
13. Stranger
14. Card Shark
15. Quick Like A Flash *
16. Hidee Hidee Ho #16 *
17. Diamond Ring *
18. The Whistle Is Blowing *
19. Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street)
20. Lost On The River #20

* = Deluxe edition only