“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
There will be an album release celebration concert at the Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago on May 16, 2010. Tickets are on sale now and are going fast. Opening set by Ingrid Graudins. All-star band for this concert will include Gerald Dowd (drums), Jason Roebke (bass), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Alton Smith (piano/organ), Joel Paterson (pedal steel and guitar), Diane Christiansen, Ingrid Graudins and Steve Frisbie singing, Tom Murray and Zack Kline on strings…and more!
Animation by Diane Christiansen,
with a remixed version of ‘Sweet Is The Anchor’
I have a project studio called Kernel Sound Emporium. Check it out!