This fall, Dawes and Blitzen Trapper are in the midst of their co-headlining tour which has them playing their West Coast folk music in venues all over the United States. This Thursday, 10/27, the two-headed monster, along with The Belle Brigade, another talented folk-rock outfit from the West, will play the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia. According to the official tour website, the Washington D.C. and New York City shows were both sell-outs which would indicate that the TLA may soon be at full capacity as well. This show should be a real treat for fans of rock n roll and country music.
Blitzen Trapper and Dawes are bands that broke through into the music scene in the twilight of the last decade, and both have carried their success over into 2011. Blitzen Trapper broke through slightly earlier than Dawes with their successful 2007 release Wild Mountain Nation which received immediate critical acclaim. Their sound is a type of folk/country that occasionally features modern touches which stems from the vision of Eric Early, an honest writer from the Portland area who paints pictures from his own experiences with struggle and country adventure. Their latest release American Goldwing is another fine work of Americana art that transports the listener to a place out West where you jump rails, sleep by a river, fight hobos, and fall in love. Early’s songwriting and vocal delivery draws strong comparisons to Dylan, but after listening to just a few songs it becomes clear that Early and Blitzen Trapper come from a place that is real and honest.
You can find similar qualities of Western-Americana in Dawes as well, who popped on the scene in 2009 with their debut LP North Hills. Recorded on analog in Laurel Canyon, North Hills is a record that, like Blitzen Trapper, also has an honest quality to it. This is in part due to the style of recording, and in part due to the heart-felt lyrics and the straightforward, hard driving rhythms and melodies that point to the great folk and R & B bands of yesteryear; Crosby Stills and Nash, The Band, and Jackson Browne. As of late, the group’s popularity has seemingly ballooned with their latest LP release Nothing is Wrong. The sound of Nothing is Wrong does not stray far from that of North Hills, in that they are both no-frills, stripped down California hills rock with superb lyrical content. The new album is proof that Dawes will be a lasting band.
Seeing Blitzen Trapper and Dawes play with support from the Belle Brigade should be well worth the cost of admission. Once again, the show starts at 7 PM at the TLA this Thursday night. Tickets are $29 a piece and $19 for a four pack. For venue information and tickets click here.