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Published on May 19, 2008
Live at SXSW 2008
dawn's music comes from the mouth, mind and hands of New York-based singer-songwriter dawn Landes. Reminiscent of the raw traditionalism of Woody Guthrie and the experimental alt-folk lyricism of artists like Joanna Newsome, the Louisville KY native plays a variety of instruments (8-dollar guitars! pink accordions! glockenspiels! optigons!).
Whether she's performing by herself or with accomplices (members of the bands Hem and The Earlies), her live show brings moving silence to the crowd and has caught the attention of a number of popular touring artists who've taken her on the road. In addition to her gig performing with Rounder recording artists Hem (backing vocals and Glockenspiel), dawn has supported the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Suzanne Vega, Le Tigre, Rainer Maria, Andrew Bird, Feist, M83, Jane Siberry and Shannon Wright.
dawn's self-recorded and self-produced album "dawn's Music" is available in Europe through French label Ocean-Music, and can be purchased in America if you go to a show (well, its also available on CD Baby). British label Boy Scout Recordings released a mini-album called 2-3-4 in Europe this summer, and dawn recently finished her second full-length album Fireproof, which is available exclusively in the US through Other Music (more info on Fireproof coming very soon). dawn is touring Europe and the US throughout the remainder of 2006, so be sure to check back for tour dates.
Oh, we almost forgot! dawn's day job is as a recording engineer, working with such renowned artists as Hem, Philip Glass, Joseph Arthur and Ryan Adams.