Dawes is back! Why? I’m sure there are legitimate reasons for their tour, but I’m going to wager that it’s mostly just because they love Cincinnati so much. (Oh, and they're backing tourmate Conor Oberst during his headlining set.)
Though the California boys haven’t “technically” put out any new music since last spring, they’re staying busy and their star continues to rise. Aside from touring through Europe and now back through America, they’ve found time to take part in a couple pet projects. Most notably, Taylor Goldsmith teamed up with a group of renowned musicians (Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim James and Rhiannon Giddens) to take two dozen recently discovered Bob Dylan lyrics and put them to music produced by T-Bone Burnett. Plus, they recently took part in the best ever La Blogotheque episode, with members of Dawes pairing with The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Local Natives and Father John Misty to pay tribute to Johnny Cash.
There was also that magnificent Record Store Day release.
Forming a mutual admiration society of sorts with Conor Oberst, the musicians released a limited addition split 7-inch. On the release, Oberst covers Dawes’ “Million Dollar Bill.” It is followed with a mix of three Bright Eyes songs covered by Dawes. So good.
With the Weather Channel promising more
rain ahead, we need nothing more than a little warmth, something Dawes’
music offers up at infinite levels. Escape the grey skies for a bright
night filled with Dawes’ Cali-tinged Rock … and maybe even a Bright Eyes
tune or two?
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