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As chief steward of Chicago’s alt-country combo Dolly Varden, Steve Dawson’s status as an Americana original is unquestioned. Yet even though his tenure with the band has produced five albums over the course of a 15-year history, Dawson still has plenty to offer individually. This, his second solo album (third if one counts ‘Duets’, recorded with foil Diane Christiansen), stakes out new terrain by embedding soul, a hint of gospel and even some brass into his standard MO. The results can be surprising at times, with strong arrangements and a series of stunning vignettes like “Obsidian”, “Long Overdue,” “A Conversation With No One” and “Today She Found the Way (To Break My Heart)” adding up to one superb set. –M Music & Musicians magazine Steve Dawson and his singer / guitarist wife Diane Christiansen have been mixing cutting-edge rock with country & western in their band Dolly Varden for years. ‘I Will Miss The Trumpets And The Drums’, Dawson’s first solo effort since ‘Sweet Is The Anchor’ in 2005, offers further proof that he’s a master of this musical hybrid, and shows him drawing from other genres as well. It’s a labor-intensive project that involves him playing several instruments, with […]

Obsidian live

The first song at the CD release concert for “I Will Miss The Trumpets And The Drums”, 5/16/10, at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Along with me are: Steve Frisbie, Ingrid Graudins, Diane Christiansen, Alton Smith, Joel Patterson, Mark Balletto, Gerald Dowd, Jason Roebke, and Jason Adasiewicz.

Record Release Concert May 16

The concert celebrating the release of I Will Miss The Trumpets and the Drums will be Sunday, May 16th at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. I’ll be playing the whole album, along with songs from my previous solo album, Sweet Is The Anchor, accompanied by Gerald Dowd (drums), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Jason Roebke (bass), Ingrid Graudins, Steve Frisbie and Diane Christiansen (singing), Joel Paterson (pedal steel), Mark Balletto (electric guitar), Alton Smith (piano), Zack Kline and Tom Murray (strings), Keefe Jackson (clarinet) and Josh Berman (cornet). Ingrid will open the show at 7pm, doors open at 6:30. The rehearsals have been amazing. This will be a one-of-a-kind concert, I really hope you can make it! Call the Old Town School for tickets: 773-728-6000, or stop by the box office at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave

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“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 soul…I 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