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The adventurous sound of Funeral Bonsai Wedding is something entirely new for songwriter Steve Dawson, long-known as leader of Chicago rock band Dolly Varden and accomplished solo artist. Suffused with free-swinging jazz and physically-intense romanticism, "As Soon As I Walk In" captures the expressive power of an open-ended musical approach.

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Steve Dawson has received recognition and success in the Chicago music scene for almost two decades, but even with all his accomplishments he remains down-to-earth and his music true to his Idaho-based roots.

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There were so many releases in 2013 and I know I only heard a small fraction of them. In my relatively small overall sampling of 2013 album releases, I found a whole lot to like, and it was difficult to narrow them down to a list of 10.

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Despite its carefree nature, making a summer mix can be a harrowing task. Do you opt for of-the-moment pop jams or comfortable nostalgia? These are the questions that kept us cassette-dubbing youth up at night in summers past.

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A night of fine-tuned, energetic goodness stayed true to the name as Twangfest 17 sold out the Duck Room on its final night.

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Saturday, 08 June 2013 12:00

Dolly Varden 6/8/13

Dolly Varden’s luxurious folk sound draws the listener into heartfelt lyrics.

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A choice cut from the new album by Dolly Varden, "Saskatchewan to Chicago" offers a master class on the art of transforming tradition into something fully contemporary, fully beautiful but still fully folk.

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Friday, 30 April 2010 03:26

Steve Dawson 4/30/10

Longtime leader of Chicago rock band Dolly Varden, Steve Dawson expanded his sonic and lyrical range with the solo album Sweet Is the Anchor in 2004, and now, with "I Will Miss the Trumpets and the Drums," he's continuing to explore the possibilities of solo recording.

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Friday, 08 June 2007 04:35

Dolly Varden 6/8/07

Dolly Varden performed live in the KDHX studios.

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