Los Angeles, CA
Wilco, Jackson Browne, Buffalo Springfield
When someone from Southern California writes folk inspired pop music, there is something magical, albeit confusing, that happens. Buffalo Springfield, Jackson Browne, and Joni Mitchell did it in the 60’s and created a definitive sound. Now Dawes, 40 years later, is using the same inspiration to deliver southern rock meets country twang. Inspired by the Laurel Canyon sound of the 1960s, Dawes is using simple song writing, strong harmonies and catchy-as-hell melodies to update the classic sound that has come to define the SoCal folk sound.
This Los Angeles four piece have been kicking around the LA music scene for a few years now, at one point under the name Simon Dawes. It wasn’t until they paired up with producer Jonathan Wilson to record their most recent LP, North Hills, that they really started to make a name for themselves. Jonathan heard their 60’s inspired folk sound and took them to the most obvious setting for inspiration… Laurel Canyon. It was in this setting where North Hills was recorded and just like their predecessors, Dawes recorded the album on analog equipment and did most of their songs in one take. This type of dedication gives them an authenticity that is hard to find in bands these days. Dawes makes you feel like the 60’s really weren’t that long ago, especially since their sound fits in so perfectly with today’s music.