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.
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.
Here are eight recent albums from the blues, soul and Americana side of the street that I think you'll find worthwhile.
Dolly Varden’s luxurious folk sound draws the listener into heartfelt lyrics.
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.
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.