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Los Angeles alt-folk quartet Dawes turned heads with their 2009 album, North Hills. One of those heads belonged to Robbie Robertson, which led to the band backing The Band's former guitarist and songwriter for a variety of promo and festival gigs. Dawes drew in part from that experience when recording and arranging their new album, Nothing Is Wrong.
An album rich with their signature harmonies, Nothing is Wrong lopes along with shuffling country-rock rhythms on slower songs like "So Well" and draws from classic American rock 'n' roll riffs on faster tracks like "Fire Away." The band has grown since North Hills, but their folk-rock roots remain strong. The boys are ramblin' men, though — they've been on the road with Middle Brother (which is made up of Taylor and Griffin from Dawes, plus the frontmen from Deer Tick and Delta Spirit) and they have even supported Robertson on a few TV appearances.
Now, as the music video for lead Nothing is Wrong single "Time Spent in Los Angeles" earns the group regular rotation on VH1, Dawes is on the road once again, returning to North Texas, which always welcomes the group with open arms. This show comes Thursday at Dada with fellow alt-folk favorites Blitzen Trapper.
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