Dawes is an American folk rock band from Los Angeles, California, composed of brothers Taylor (guitars and vocals) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums), along with Wylie Gelber (bass) and Lee Pardini (keyboards).
Dawes was formed from the band Simon Dawes after the departure of co-songwriter Blake Mills, subsequently abandoning a post-punk sound in favor of folk rock. Dawes has been described as having a Laurel Canyon sound derived from artists such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.
At the invitation of producer Jonathan Wilson, the band joined a local informal jam session that included Conor Oberst, The Black Crowes’s Chris Robinson, and Benmont Tench. The band recorded their debut album, North Hills, in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape, resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called “authentically vintage”. Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone is also credited with appearing on the release.
The band made their television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on April 14, 2010. Dawes released their second album, Nothing Is Wrong, on June 7, 2011 and toured the US co-headlining with Blitzen Trapper. Original keyboardist Tay Strathairn did not appear on Nothing Is Wrong due to other commitments and was temporarily replaced by Alex Casnoff. Strathairn returned to the band in late 2010. Dawes played alongside Jackson Browne at the Occupy Wall Street event in Zuccotti Park, on December 1, 2011. The band also appeared as themselves on the February 7, 2012 episode of the NBC television series Parenthood.
In February 2013, the band released the single “From a Window Seat” from the 2013 album Stories Don’t End on Red General Catalog and their own Hub Records.
The song “Just Beneath the Surface” from Stories Don’t End was featured in the episode “Independent Movie” of the animated series American Dad!
On April 22, 2015, Dawes performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, paying tribute to Warren Zevon with their cover of “Desparados Under the Eaves”. They also performed the song “Things Happen” on the show.
Duane Betts joined the band as a member of their touring ensemble in June 2015, performing as an auxiliary guitarist. Taylor and Duane alternated playing lead guitar on songs. The band’s fourth album, All Your Favorite Bands, was released on June 2, 2015. Three months later, the departure of keyboardist Tay Strathairn was announced in a Facebook post. Lee Pardini began playing keyboards on the band’s winter 2015/2016 tour and became a permanent member of the band in July 2016. Betts also left the touring ensemble, and was replaced by guitarist Trevor Menear.
Dawes’ fifth album, We’re All Gonna Die was released on September 16, 2016, on HUB Records. The record marked a distinct change of style, building on the band’s previous Laurel Canyon folk rock sound with a sonic twist, adding in more synthesized keyboard sounds, heavier bass, and an overall different sound for the group (while still staying true to their roots). We’re All Gonna Die was produced by former founding member of Simon Dawes, Blake Mills. In November 2016, they announced their “An Evening with Dawes” tour, which began in January 2017. The “Evening With” tour is distinct from past tours because, instead of having an opening act, they perform 2-3 hour shows with a small intermission.
Passwords, Dawes’ sixth studio album, released on June 22, 2018. The album saw the return of producer Jonathan Wilson, and is “for and about the modern age: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, and the small victories and big losses that give it shape.” The band launched a marketing campaign for the album that encouraged fans to search for “passwords” posted throughout the Internet. Once a password was found, it could be entered onto a page of the band’s official website where each part of the password represented a musical note. When entered correctly, these musical notes played various musical refrains from Dawes songs and unlocked exclusive content, including the singles “Never Gonna Say Goodbye” and “Telescope,” as well as a Spotify playlist curated by Griffin Goldsmith. In 2020, the members of Dawes played a few shows with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead after connecting through Jason Crosby.
On July 22, 2020, Dawes announced their seventh studio album, Good Luck With Whatever, set to be released on October 2 via Rounder Records. In conjunction with the announcement, the band released their first single from the album, Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?.
Good Luck With Whatever
Rounder Records 2020
Tracks: Still Feel Like a Kid, Good Luck With Whatever, Between the Zero and the One, None of My Business, St. Augustine at Night, Who Do You Think You’re Talking to?, Didn’t Fix Me, Free As We Wanna Be & Me Especially.
Musicians to the Good Luck With Whatever album: Dawes and others.
Live From Richmond VA
Hub Records 2019
Tracks: Side A: From A Window Seat, Living In The Future, Time Spent In Los Angeles & Roll With The Punches. Side B: Things Happen, Feed The Fire & A Little Bit Of Everything. Side C: Crack The Case & Most People. Side D: When My Time Comes & All Your Favorite Bands.
Musicians to the Live From Richmond VA album: Dawes and others
Feed The Fire
Hub Records 2019
Tracks: Feed The Fire (Radio Edit), Feed The Fire (Live), Feed The Fire (Barefoot Acoustic) & Feed The Fire.
Musicians to the Feed The Fire EP album: Dawes and others.
Hub Records 2018
Tracks: Living In The Future, Stay Down, Crack The Case, Feed The Fire, My Greatest Invention, Telescope I Can’t Love, Mistakes We Should Have Made, Never Gonna Say Goodbye & Time Flies Either Way.
Musicians to the Passwords album: Dawes and others.
We´re All Gonna Live
Hub Records 2017
Tracks: Coming Back To A Man, One of Us, Right On Time, Quitter, Somewhere Along the Way, Roll With The Punches, A Little Bit Of Everything, Less Then Five Miles Away, Things Happen, From The Right Angle, Still Gonna Die, We’re All Gonna Die, Picture of a Man, When The Tequila Runs Out & All Your Favorite Bands.
Musicians to the We´re All Gonna Live album: Dawes and others.
We´re All Gonna Die
Hub Records 2016
Tracks: One Of Us, We’re All Gonna Die, Roll With The Punches, Picture Of A Man, Less Than Five Miles Away, Roll Tide, When The Tequila Runs Out, For No Good Reason, Quitter & As If By Design.
Musicians to the We´re All Gonna Die album: Dawes and others.
All Your Favorite Bands
Hub Records 2015
Tracks: Things Happen, Somewhere Along The Way, Don’t Send Me Away, All Your Favorite Bands, I Can’t Think About It Now, To Be Completely Honest, Waiting For Your Call, Right On Time & Now That It’s Too Late Maria.
Musicians to the All Your Favorite Bands album: Dawes and others.
Stripped Down At Grimey´s
Hub Records 2013
Tracks: From A Window Seat, Someone Will, Time Spent In Los Angeles, Most People, Something In Common & A Little Bit Of Everything.
Musicians to the Stripped Down At Grimey´s album: Dawes and others.
Stories Don´t End
Hub Records 2013
Tracks: Just Beneath The Surface, From A Window Seat, Just My Luck, Someone Will, Most People, Something In Common, Hey Lover, Bear Witness, Stories Don’t End, From The Right Angle, Side Effects & Just Beneath The Surface (Reprise).
Musicians to the Stories Don´t End album: Dawes and others.
Daytrotter Presents No 3
Tracks: Side A: Coming Back To A Man (Dawes), So Well (Dawes), Rest Easy (Dawes) & The Way You Laugh (Dawes). Side B: They Killed John Henry (Justin Townes Earle), Ain't Waitin' (Justin Townes Earle), Mama's Eyes (Justin Townes Earle), Can't Hardly Wait (Justin Townes Earle) & Lone Pine Hill (Justin Townes Earle).
Musicians to the Daytrotter Presents No 3 album: Dawes, Justin Townes Earle and others.
Nothing Is Wrong
ATO Records 2011
Tracks: Time Spent In Los Angeles, If I Wanted Someone, My Way Back Home, Coming Back To A Man, So Well, How Far We’ve Come, Fire Away, Moon In The Water, Million Dollar Bill, The Way You Laugh & A Little Bit Of Everything.
Musicians to the North Hills album: Dawes and others.
Live In DC
ATO Records 2010
Tracks: That Western Skyline, God Rest My Soul, Love Is All I Am, So Well, Bedside Manner, When My Time Comes, Peace In The Valley & How Far We´ve Come.
Musicians to the Live In DC album: Dawes and others.
ATO Records 2009
Tracks: That Western Skyline, Love Is All I Am, When You Call My Name, Give Me Time, When My Time Comes, God Rest My Soul, Bedside Manner, My Girl To Me, Take Me Out Of The City, If You Let Me Be Your Anchor & Peace In The Valley.
Musicians to the North Hills album: Dawes and others.