new video, a free download, and reviews!

“Preaching To The Choir” from I Will Miss the Trumpets and the Drums

free mp3 download of “Preaching To The Choir” here

Reviews are coming in:
(An) eclectic humdinger of an album that tantalises the ears and calms the soulI could rattle off a list of why each and every song on Dawson’s album is great, which they are…The best thing about ‘I Will Miss the Trumpets and the Drums’ is the musical journey, leaving a feeling you’ve just been taken somewhere special. Super duper”. Americana UK

“a gently sublime affair…Dawson is a master when it comes to crafting gently engaging melodies and supple musings” Blurt

“The more one tries to pin Dawson down, the slipperier his music gets. Whether with Dolly Varden or on his own, Steve Dawson doesn’t fit in any single genre. From alt-country to folk rock, from classic pop to Muscle Shoals soul, Dawson draws influences into the service of his impeccably formed melodies and his intriguing, bittersweet lyrics.” Steve Pick, KDHX-FM, St. Louis

New Album and website

Welcome to the new and improved, thanks for stopping by! The new album, I Will Miss The Trumpets and the Drums, is available now exclusively as a pre-release  CD from the Undertow store . It will be officially available everywhere for digital download and on disc February 23, 2010. The video for the album’s first single, ‘Obsidian’ is below. Three new songs, ‘Today She Found The Way To Break My Heart’, ‘Obsidian’ and ‘Waiting’, can be previewed on the music player to the right (along with 10 other songs from Sweet Is The Anchor, Duets & Dolly Varden).

Jambase names Steve Dawson their new favorite artist

“There was a time when popular radio was defined by the craftsmanship and raw talent of folks like Al Green, Paul McCartney and Carole King. Steve Dawson would have fit in just fine. As part of Chicago’s criminally under-known Dolly Varden he’s churned out nothing but quality for 15 years, but his second solo outing, I Will Miss The Trumpets and the Drums, carries the timeless inflection of vintage Roy Orbison and George Harrision. Personal, philosophical, and subtly orchestrated, Dawson’s tunes sway with whispers of pedal steel, finely placed echo, and a tasty acoustic / electric guitar combo, all underpinning one of the great pop-rock voices of our time, a set of pipes both instantly appealing and flecked with warm, individual character. Think Ace-era Paul Carrack mixed with Elliot Smith and Big Star’s Chris Bell. Put into service for compositions packed with melody, texture and winning wordplay and you have a classic artist hiding in plain sight.” Link: Jambase article here