Steve Dawson: Record Release show for “Ghosts”

Sun Jun 16 2024

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

SPACE

1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

$15.00

All Ages

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Featuring special guests Alton Smith, Nora O’Connor, Gerald Dowd, Brian Wilkie, John Abbey, Chris Greene, Diane Christiansen, and Tommi Zender. 
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Hope, a poet wrote, is a thing with feathers, perched in the soul and singing a tune without words. In the hard-won and hopeful songs of Steve Dawson, the words are very much present – supple, wise, spilling out hard truths – and the tunes are crystalline – often they offer the clearest glimpse of hope after all.

On Steve Dawson’s new album, simply titled Ghosts, his sixth as a solo artist, the Chicago-based musician and songwriter, well-known for the impassioned alternative country of the band Dolly Varden, crafts ten songs that find reasons to believe – in music, in human connections, in desert vistas – even as the ghosts move all around him, all around us. But those ghosts, those presences of the past, are part of why we hope. “Loss by loss, year by year,” Dawson reflects on the aching acoustic song “Sooner Than Expected.” Still he tries to keep up, tries to keep pace with time. He knows hope doesn’t come easy and knows the ghosts can’t be wished away.

“I’m very aware the opening song says, ‘The past is gone,’ and then the rest of the album digs through the past,” Dawson says. “It was a conscious decision that reflects how it works for me (and others, I assume) where you decide to move on but ghosts from the past keep showing up.” 

Steve Dawson: Record Release show for “Ghosts”

  • Steve Dawson

    Steve Dawson

    Singer-Songwriter

    Steve Dawson is one of the Chicago music scene’s bona fide stars, and, says the St. Louis Riverfront Times’ Roy Kasten, “one of the most underrated songwriters in American music.” Dawson and his wife Diane Christiansen have led local heroes Dolly Varden for over twenty years, and he leads jazz-folk ensemble Funeral Bonsai Wedding as well. In these bands as well as on his solo albums and with Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, Dawson combines musicality, craftsmanship, and raw soul in a way that continues to rivet his audiences. Steve teaches guitar and songwriting at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where his skill and generosity have birthed dozens of gifted writers. His most recent accomplishment is a book on songwriting, Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside You, written with Mark Caro and published by GIA.

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Steve Dawson: Record Release show for “Ghosts”

Sun Jun 16 2024 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

SPACE Evanston IL
Steve Dawson: Record Release show for “Ghosts”

$15.00 All Ages

Featuring special guests Alton Smith, Nora O’Connor, Gerald Dowd, Brian Wilkie, John Abbey, Chris Greene, Diane Christiansen, and Tommi Zender. 
_____

Hope, a poet wrote, is a thing with feathers, perched in the soul and singing a tune without words. In the hard-won and hopeful songs of Steve Dawson, the words are very much present – supple, wise, spilling out hard truths – and the tunes are crystalline – often they offer the clearest glimpse of hope after all.

On Steve Dawson’s new album, simply titled Ghosts, his sixth as a solo artist, the Chicago-based musician and songwriter, well-known for the impassioned alternative country of the band Dolly Varden, crafts ten songs that find reasons to believe – in music, in human connections, in desert vistas – even as the ghosts move all around him, all around us. But those ghosts, those presences of the past, are part of why we hope. “Loss by loss, year by year,” Dawson reflects on the aching acoustic song “Sooner Than Expected.” Still he tries to keep up, tries to keep pace with time. He knows hope doesn’t come easy and knows the ghosts can’t be wished away.

“I’m very aware the opening song says, ‘The past is gone,’ and then the rest of the album digs through the past,” Dawson says. “It was a conscious decision that reflects how it works for me (and others, I assume) where you decide to move on but ghosts from the past keep showing up.” 

Steve Dawson

Steve Dawson

Singer-Songwriter

Steve Dawson is one of the Chicago music scene’s bona fide stars, and, says the St. Louis Riverfront Times’ Roy Kasten, “one of the most underrated songwriters in American music.” Dawson and his wife Diane Christiansen have led local heroes Dolly Varden for over twenty years, and he leads jazz-folk ensemble Funeral Bonsai Wedding as well. In these bands as well as on his solo albums and with Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, Dawson combines musicality, craftsmanship, and raw soul in a way that continues to rivet his audiences. Steve teaches guitar and songwriting at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where his skill and generosity have birthed dozens of gifted writers. His most recent accomplishment is a book on songwriting, Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside You, written with Mark Caro and published by GIA.

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