Dawn Landes & Jim James Cover “Atlantic City”

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Jan 132015

Dawn Landes, who is heading to England for a series of gigs, has released a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” with Jim James assisting, which will be on her upcoming EP of covers, set for release on February 2. Here’s what will be on it:
1. Atlantic City w/ Jim James of My Morning Jacket (Bruce Springsteen)
2. Southern Accents (Tom Petty)
3. Longer Than Always (Dolly Parton)
4. More Than This (Roxy Music)
5. Moon River

Listen to “Atlantic City”:

June Waterfront Wednesday: The Old 97 s, The Whigs, Dawn Landes

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Jun 212014

“... The Old 97’s, the Dallas bar band who played a starring role in the ‘90s “alt-country” boom, didn’t die before they got old. Or, well, before they got middle-aged. On the first song from the new album Most Messed Up, the 43-year-old Rhett Miller sings about how his band stuck together “for longer than you’ve been alive”—you being the hypothetical teenage rock fan. —Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic
“For their fifth album, the Athens-bred/Nashville-based power trio the Whigs wanted to find the exact midpoint between raw and rehearsed. After more than a decade together – during which they’ve released four critically lauded studio albums and toured constantly as either headliners or openers for the likes of the Drive-By Truckers, Kings of Leon, and MGMT - the three members all agreed that they wanted to flex their muscles a bit: write some good songs, get them down as tight as possible, hit , and tear shit up. —North Star”
“The precise difference between Dawn Landes and her talented sisters eludes me, but there is a difference. And I know it because songs I dismissed as merely pleasant had an odd way of insinuating themselves into my day. And not just one. Three or four. There’s something she does that involves a secret sauce…”—Jesse Kornbluth, Huffington Post
Oh, boy, the Waterfront Wednesday show for June is good ‘un; it’ll feature The Old 97s, The Whigs and Louisville native Dawn Landes. Dallas-based The Old 97’s is an alternative country band which started back in 1993. Since then, they have ten studio albums, two full extended plays, shared split duty on another and have one live album. Their most recent release is Most Messed Up. They’ve been making rock ‘n roll long enough to rock out in their sleep and have a fan base here, with six shows in the last five years in the Derby City. The Whigs, on the other hand, have played a baker’s dozen shows in Louisville since 2007, making them the most popular of the three acts? Maybe. Then there’s Dawn Landes, who hasn’t been here since 2011. Currently living in New York, Landes has a new album, Bluebird, which has been described as a break-up record, as it follows here divorce from Josh Ritter. All that talent for free on the Big Four Lawn, Waterfront Park, on June 25. Ain’t Louisville a great place to live?


Watch “Most Messed Up” from the Old 97’s:



Watch the official video for “Hit Me,” produced, directed and edited by Wax Fang’s Scott Carney:



Watch Dawn Landes’ “Bluebird” featuring Storyboard P:


Louisville Artists Make the Lineup For Bob Dylan in the 1980s Tribute Album

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Mar 202014

A tribute to Bob Dylan’s Eighties recordings, Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One (ATO), will feature a number of famous artists, some of whom are Louisville musicians, including Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Dawn Landes (“Dark Eyes”), and Carl Broemel (“Death is Not the End”). Per AcousticGuitar.com “The album focuses on an 11-year span—from 1980’s Saved to 1990’s Under the Red Sky, plus unreleased tracks (an ‘80s Basement Tapes anyone?) and the Traveling Wilburys—which the album’s producers Jesse Lauter and Sean O’Brien feel is an overlooked period for the artist.

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Video: Dawn Landes -Bluebird- Featuring Storyboard P

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Jan 312014

Given Louisville native Dawn Landes’ current residency somewhere in greater New York, it’s only reasonable that she would have run into the street dancer Storyboard P, who is featured in her new video, “Bluebird.” The song is from her upcoming album by the same name. It will be her first full-length release in four years. Listen and watch – especially watch: