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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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Here are eight recent albums from the blues, soul and Americana side of the street that I think you'll find worthwhile.

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Saturday, 08 June 2013 11:00

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 02:26

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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Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…