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

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 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


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Mastodons video

Here is a video collaboration with Diane Christiansen for the song ‘Mastodons’ from the new album. In addition to being a great singer and songwriter, Diane is an artist. The animation is part of a larger installation piece called ‘Notes To Nonself’ currently up at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. It’s best viewed full screen, if possible… Mastodons from steve dawson on Vimeo.

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).