They have only been around for 4 years, but Cali quartet Dawes have quickly made a name for themselves as one of the best acts in today’s edition of folk rock. Often compared to the laid back rockers like Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Jackson Browne and Steely Dan, with tight instrumentation and superb storytelling. The band got to perform with a legend in Bob Dylan this Spring, which I’d consider the ultimate co-sign. Dawes’ recently released 3rd album Stories Don’t End (Amazon) continues that trend with melodic narratives like “From A Window Seat” and “Hey Lover”. After seeing them at Hangout 2011, I’d say an intimate venue like Royal Oak Music Theatre would only make their head nodding grooves sound more appealing.
Also playing Saturday is Charleston, SC duo Shovels & Rope. This alt country act has been hitting the festival circuit hard in 2013 (Shaky Knees, Hangout, etc.) with their twangy sound that hovers between The Civil Wars and The Lone Bellow. Their breakthrough album O’ Be Joyful (Amazon) has been gaining momentum since last Summer and an opening slot for Dawes should only further their adoration.
Purchase tickets at ROMT’s site for $20-45.
Shovels and Rope