Dawes to open for Dylan at BGSU Stroh CenterWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As Dawes releases its third disc, “Stories Don’t End,” the Los Angeles quartet is already writing a new chapter.
Call it: Opening for a legend.
“We were just so surprised to get that phone call from our agent saying ‘Bob Dylan offered you a month of dates.’ We obviously are so thrilled and it’s a dream come true,” Taylor Goldsmith said.
“This is the exact thing people start bands for. It’s a dream that you have when you’re all in your living room and you’ve never played a show before and you think: Yeah, maybe someday we’ll play a show with Bob Dylan.
“It’s a very specific dream, at least for the music we play and the band that we are. So this means the world to us,” the singer and guitarist said.
Dawes is known for its California folk-rock featuring harmonies and introspective lyrics.
The group’s 2009 debut, “North Hills,” was recorded in Laurel Canyon and instantly drew comparisons to musicians known for that laidback sound from the famous region — The Mamas & The Papas, The Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
“Nothing Is Wrong” came out in 2011 and hit No. 23 on Billboard’s album chart. Last year, Dawes appeared on the TV show “Parenthood.”
There’s been a lot of buzz for “Stories Don’t End,” which came out April 9. The band continues to record live to analog tape, a process that adds to that vintage sound.
“We like the idea of tape not just because of the analog sound, but it’s really more for the environment and the process it affords. I feel like when we record to analog tape, it would mean that you couldn’t edit stuff; it forced us to perform a lot better and really come to bat at a much more focused level,” Goldsmith said during a call from the road between Minneapolis and Madison, Wis.
“I want you to be able to listen to a guitar performance or drum performance or keyboard performance and really feel like it was performed, not edited, not arranged, not put together on a computer.”
That fine musicianship combines with thoughtful lines penned by Goldsmith. Consider lyrics from “Stories Don’t End”: “If I tried to show every side of you through words of a song/ I’d say a fraction of what I’d intend/ ’Cause if you’re telling a story, at some point you stop/ But stories don’t end.”
“I started to get fascinated by maybe more of a deeper meaning as to what goes into a life,” Goldsmith said. “I feel a lot of the songs on the record — like ‘From a Window Seat’ and ‘Something in Common’ and ‘Stories Don’t End’ — have where it’s never neither here nor there; it’s never really simple enough to reduce someone’s opinion or your opinion of someone or your opinion of yourself to some clear-cut definition.
“And that sort of statement, I guess, unconsciously was kind of weaving its way through the whole album.”
Dawes — Goldsmith, his brother and drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie Gelber and keyboardist Tay Strathairn — will open for Bob Dylan at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center.
All proceeds from the concert will benefit the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. A limited number of tickets remain: $125 at (419) 329-2573, and $45 and $35 through Ticketmaster. Student tickets are $25 with an ID at the Stroh Center box office.
At the time of the April 3 interview, Goldsmith said the band had not met Dylan.
“I know that [Dylan is] very involved with where he plays and when he plays, and he has a lot to do with the scheduling and the planning. So I like to hope that he was thinking of us when they reached out,” he said.
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