"Energy. It’s the first thing I listen for, especially with new artists. Compositions get better with time, and so does musical proficiency. But if there isn’t energy right from the start, it rarely comes later. So, what a joy it was to hear stunning musicianship, wild compositions, and enough energy to fill a stadium when I first heard (and felt) Rodrigo y Gabriela.”
“Sometimes a voice just grabs you. A sound so compelling that when the song ends you are utterly distraught and when the next one starts you are completely elated. This is what was running through my head when I saw Aoife O’Donovan for the first time fronting Crooked Still.”
Dawes will be releasing a limited edition split seven-inch with Conor Oberst for Record Store Day (April 19). It features Dawes covering Bright Eyes’ “Easy/Lucky/Free” and Conor Oberst covering Dawes’ “Million Dollar. More info at http://dawestheband.com
"There are few moments in life when one is able to meet and work with artists as vital and powerful as both Conor Oberst and Dawes, I’ve been lucky enough to call all of these gentlemen my friends as well.
To welcome them back to the mighty Newport is an honor, they are woven so beautifully in this legacy.”