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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Session Video: Dawes

Dawes Redefines Intimacy With An Indispensable Session


Los Angeles rock quartet Dawes are informed by a great, American musical tradition. Lurking in the folds of their amplified crunch of guitars, road ready rhythms, and soulful blasts of organ lay stories that are weary and lonesome…the product of a life lived out of a suitcase, traveling between far flung places. Laurel Canyon, Woodstock, Haight-Ashbury… You know these places, you know their significance. What started with bands like Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and The Band lives on in Dawes’ snarly riffs and stories. Rock and roll’s past colliding with the present in the best way possible.

That’s Dawes, that’s their live show, that’s their latest release Nothing Is Wrong. Here though, in our latest session vid, the band try on something different…something a bit more informal and intimate. With nothing more than their mighty harmonies and an acoustic guitar, the band gives a glimpse into their most private world with three cuts from Nothing Is Wrong, emulating those moments when guitars are pulled out on tour buses, in hotel rooms, or quiet backstage retreats. After all, Dawes are a traveling band, the kind of group that can’t go without that pounding pavement rumbling under their tires. The road, after all, is the greatest musical tradition. That’s what makes great American bands.

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