Friday, October 10, 2014

Memphis Dawls announce "Rooted In The Bone," out 11/4 on Madjack. New single at PopMatters!

"Skin Like A Cage" via PopMatters
a throwback to the vocal harmonies of Linda Ronstadt’s best records."

In recent years, Memphis Dawls have served at the vanguard of a burgeoning Memphis folk scene. The core group is made up of three veteran musicians who have played with several successful local bands. Brought together by their similar tastes in melody and style, and perhaps with a slight nod from fate, Holly Cole (guitars, vocals), Jana Misener (cello, vocals), and Krista Wroten (viola, mandolin, accordion, vocals) deliver hauntingly romantic and lyrical folk music with a modern flair.
The themes of the band’s music tend to lean toward the power of love and heartache, just like their creative muses: Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Their harmonies and music push folk, country and rock through the filter of southern hymns. Religious only in the context of their dedication to their respective crafts, they deliver a unique and hypnotizing sound that jumps from genre to genre. The Dawls are not afraid to be inventive, exploring soundscapes ranging from complex vocal harmonies, similar to bands like Fleet Foxes, to the more complex string arrangements of The Decemberists. The strength of the music led to multiple tour dates opening for Jack White as well as a memorable show with Emmy Lou Harris.
In early 2014, the Dawls signed with Madjack Records. Their first full length release, “Rooted in the Bone,” was recorded at historic Ardent and Sun Studios in Memphis, TN. The eleven songs, all composed by the Dawls, utilize a cross blending of the Mid-South’s finest musicians including Ken Coomer (Wilco), as well as Charles and Teenie Hodges (Take Me to the River, Love and Happiness) from the legendary Hi Rhythm Section, famous for their work with Al Green and Ann Peebles.
The recording, produced by Jeff Powell (Bob Dylan, Afghan Whigs), will be distributed worldwide by Redeye Distribution, and will be available on CD and in all digital formats on November 4, 2014.
Oct 09 - Tavern on Main, Buda, TX

Oct 11 - The Wild Detectives w/ Hares on the Mountain, Dallas, TX

Oct 14 - The Deli w/ John Calvin, Norman, OK

Oct 15 - Kirby’s Beer Store, Wichita, KS

Oct 16 - Davey’s Uptown, Kansas City, MO

Oct 17 - Vaudeville Mews w/ Karen Meat & the… Des Moines, IA

Oct 18 - The Lift w/ Boxcar Phantoms, Dubuque, IA

Oct 20 - Bandung Indonesian Restaurant w/ Nellie & the Honeys, Madison, WI

Oct 21 - Boone and Crockett, Milwaukee, WI

Oct 22 - Tonic Room, Chicago, IL

Oct 26
 - River Arts Festival, Memphis, TN

Oct 30
 - Black Lodge Video, Memphis, TN

Nov 10
 - Slim’s Downtown w/ Jack the Radio, Raleigh, NC

Nov 11
 - Southern Rail, Carrboro, NC

Nov 17
 - The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

Nov 18
 - Bourbon & Branch w/ Todd Fausnacht, Vita, Philadelphia, PA

Nov 19
 - Triumph Brewing Co., New Hope, PA

Nov 20
 - Hill Country, Washington, DC

"...they started making music together in high school. The Dawls opened for Jack White when he stopped by Memphis this March, and he liked them so much he invited them to tour with him on a few other dates afterward. Can’t blame him for being entranced, though; the Dawls’ romantic harmonies and gothic storytelling tend to get under your skin." - Paste Magazine

"The Memphis Dawls and their take on Americana through a hymnal filter have been building buzz in Memphis over the past year. Offering a wonderful show, the Dawls charm is something not to be missed." - The Vinyl District


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