Dawn Landes’ “Traveling” sees the songwriter follow a carefree whim from morning in New York to sunset at Graceland through a Dr. John-soundtracked night on the town in New Orleans; a breezy celebration of life on the open road when there’s nothing – and nobody – holding you back. While not purely autobiographical, Landes’ forthcoming ‘Meet Me At The River’ was presaged by a move from New York to Nashville and an open embrace of the city’s musical roots. “Traveling” and the rest of ‘Meet Me At The River,’ represent a bold turn from Landes’ previous work – which has included collaborations with Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones and Nico Muhly (as well as writing two musicals and delivering a TED Talk).
Listen to the insatiably catchy “Traveling” HERE
Landes’ travels to Nashville are also where she met Fred Foster, the Country Music Hall of Fame producer whose credits include Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and Kris Kristofferson. Foster was pulled out of semi-retirement by Landes’ heart-wrenching vocals and expressive songwriting, forming a parternship that would bring ‘Meet Me At The River’ to life.
Foster recruited a top shelf crew of Nashville studio musicians for the ‘River’ sessions: 13-time Academy of Country Music drummer of the year Eddie Bayers, fellow Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy on harmonica, and ‘From Elvis In Memphis’ pianist Bobby Wood among them. Foster even recruited Bobby Bare, with 70 hits on the country charts in a five-decade career, to duet with Landes on her original “I Don’t Dance.” “Traveling” and “I Don’t Dance” are among ten Landes originals on ‘Meet Me At The River.’
Landes will bring ‘Meet Me At The River’ to life during a string of intimate shows in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York around release, followed by a string of intimate shows in the UK & Ireland this October:
Thurs 11th LONDON, Borderline
Fri 12th MANCHESTER, The Eagle Inn
Sat 13th DUBLIN, Whelan’s (Upstairs)
Mon 15th GLASGOW, Poetry Club
Tues 16th YORK, The Basement
Wed 17thCAMBRIDGE, Portland Arms
Thurs 18th BRIGHTON, The Greys