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With 3 Solo Albums in 2 Years, Steve Dawson Hasn’t Let a Worldwide Health Disaster Slow Him Down

Canadian-born Steve Dawson was well into the second act of his music career when the pandemic hit. After a successful run as an artist, sideman and producer north of the border, the guitarist had relocated to Nashville. He set up a busy studio there while continuing to record and tour with, among others, future Americana superstar Allison Russell’s band Birds of Chicago.
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Q&A: Steve Dawson on ‘Gone, Long Gone,’ his friendship with Allison Russell

Steve Dawson was on tour playing guitar with Birds of Chicago with Allison Russell when the pandemic hit. “We got sent home, and I figured that we’d take maybe a month off at that point. Little did we know!” he said during a recent video call. Even while producing other artists remotely, Dawson ended up writing and recording three albums’ worth of material. The seven-time Juno-Award-winning musician has also been keeping busy with his podcast, “Music Makers and Soul Shakers.”
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An Introduction To Steve Dawson (of Dolly Varden)

In The Glow (new, unreleased track) Steve Dawson, perhaps best known as the main singer and songwriter for acclaimed Chicago quintet, Dolly Varden, will release an album with his new group, Funeral Bonsai Wedding, on September 30th. This exclusive Noisetrade collection features songs from Dawson's two previous solo albums (Sweet Is The Anchor, 2005, and I Will Miss The Trumpets and the Drums, 2009) along with a new, unreleased song, "In The Glow," from the upcoming Funeral Bonsai Wedding album. Funeral Bonsai Wedding is a collaboration between Dawson and three of Chicago's most innovative and revered improvising jazz musicians, Frank Rosaly (drums), Jason Roebke (bass), and Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone.)
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Review: Steve Dawson Pursues the Prospects of Finding Peace With Purpose

Steve Dawson/At the Bottom of a Canyon in the Branches of a Tree/Pravda. Chicago singer/songwriter Steve Dawson has never been reticent when it comes to baring his influences, nor to share his sentiments. His work encompasses two bands—Dolly Varden and Funeral Bonsai Wedding—but its his solo pedigree that continues to spotlight his artistry to the fullest effect. Consequently, it’s little surprise that At the Bottom of a Canyon in the Branches of a Tree ranks as his most expressive effort yet, especially given the fact that it reflects a series of tragedies and traumas he suffered seemingly simultaneously all at once. In 2017, he lost his mother and father-in-law, a double blow that rekindled some serious issues he was forced to deal with in the past—namely, the death of his own mother and his abandonment by his father. Overwhelmed with despair and disillusionment, he stopped writing songs and withdrew from performing as well.
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