Jan 21 will mark the first day of a new era in the United States and a day of a massive protests in Washington, D.C. and all over the world. With this in mind Dolly Varden will aim to fill SPACE with the spirit of loving kindness, music, community and an intention to always keep fighting for the things that truly make America great: people from all cultures, religions, backgrounds and political views working together to make a better life for all. Both Dolly Varden and SPACE will donate a portion of the ticket money to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Dolly Varden has been making music for almost two decades but its latest release explores how quickly that time has passed. The band is built around the heartfelt singing and songwriting of husband and wife Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, the melodic and soulful guitar and lap steel playing of Mark Balletto, and the solid rhythm section of Matt Thobe on drums and Mike Bradburn on bass. Remarkably the line-up has stayed the same through 18 years, six critically-acclaimed albums, and well-received shows all over the USA and Europe.
“For A While” finds the group taking stock of its experiences and travels with a dozen songs crafted and recorded in Chicago. From the opening cinematic snapshot of “Del Mar, 1976”, the rocking “Done (Done)”, the dream-inspired “Mayfly”, and the wistful title track the listener is taken on a complete journey of sonic adventure and haunting lyrical reminisces.