Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dawes rocks the Cat's Cradle with soulful style

All photos by Kevin Norris
On Wednesday night, California rockers (and part time Robbie Robertson backing band) Dawes rolled into the Cat's Cradle for their first headlining show in the Triangle.

The band, who almost didn't make it to the show due trailer problems, seemed happy that people showed up for the show and treated the crowd to a rousing mix of songs from their self-titled debut and their forthcoming album Nothing Is Wrong.

With soulful swagger, the band rocked through the set, with much of the crowd singing along to the older tunes. One woman in the crowd even starting tearing up during "Love Is All I Am."

The new songs sounded great in set, including the groovy "The Way You Laugh." It was followed by a fantastic cover of John Prine's "Pretty Good." The soulful ballad "So Well" followed, which was a highlight of the set. The band's ability to emit pure emotion is amazing, and "So Well" is a great example of that.

"A Little Bit of Everything" amazingly gets away with referencing mashed potatoes and chicken wings, but it works in the context of the song. The band closed the main set with the crowd pleasing "When My Time Comes," which included a rousing sing along towards the end which was incredibly loud for a somewhat smaller Cradle crowd.

The band returned and played the crowd request "If You Let Me Be Your Anchor," which they said they hadn't played in a while, but it sounded great. They closed with the new song "Fire Away," which is a great closer and could very well be a hit for the band.

It's amazing that Dawes haven't garnered bigger success than they already have, but as long as they keep playing shows like they did at the Cradle, they'll be selling out the venue in the near future. If you don't know Dawes, check them out.

Dawes set list
If I Wanted Someone
My Girl To Me
Coming Back To the Man
Western Skyline
How Far We've Come
Love Is All I Am
The Way You Laugh
Pretty Good (John Prine cover)
So Well
Peace in the Valley
Bedside Manner
A Little Bit of Everything
Time Spent in Los Angeles
Million Dollar Bill
When My Time Comes
If You Let Me Be Your Anchor
Fire Away

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