Dawn & Hawkes return to Steamboat Springs
If you go:
What: Dawn & Hawkes
When: Doors and bar open at 6:30 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
Where: Chief Theater, 601 Lincoln Ave.
Tickets: $15 at chieftheater.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Steamboat Springs — A fan once wrote to Austin-based, indie-folk Americana duo Dawn & Hawkes that the duo’s music video “Yours and Mine” seems so incredibly real.
“That’s because it is very real,” Chris Hawkes said with a chuckle.
The shots of him and Miranda Dawn during beach strolls, side-of-the-road roadtrip naps in a 1960s VW van, and as bride and groom dancing by a campfire, were captured by a videographer, who melded the moments into a story of the title song of the duo’s second album.
“We just had to act natural,” Hawkes said.
Dawn & Hawkes kicks off its tour at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chief Theater. They call the tour a one-year anniversary celebration of the release of “Yours and Mine.” Both halves of the duo play guitar and write music.
“Miranda learned how to play the guitar while songwriting, and I learned how to write songs while playing the guitar,” Hawkes said.
Dawn was initially a solo singer-songwriter. She was a backup singer with a soul/funk band and later formed and led an eight-piece soul/funk/blues group, which toured for a year in 2009. Back in Austin, Dawn formed a website community for songwriters to showcase new work and began facilitating songwriter showcases. She calls songwriting her daily meditation.
Hawkes’ musical career began in production and audio engineering as well as playing music and songwriting, solo as well as with bands including Redtag and The Color Gray. Starting out, he mainly produced the work of his friends’, and later reached a point of success, producing four or five records at a time.
Now, he spends most of his time performing but still produces the work of Dawn & Hawkes and of friends. He feels his career has come full circle.
Miranda and Chris met in an Austin blues bar in 2010 and quickly began playing and writing music together. They produced Dawn’s 2012 debut album, “Reason to Feel Alive,” and released the 2012 “Golden Heart EP” officially as Dawn & Hawkes.
The duo landed a 2014 audition on The Voice. Coach Adam Levine proclaimed their harmonized rendition of the Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen A Face” as his “favorite performance on the show, ever.” The single shot to No. 1 in rock sales on iTunes, selling 24,000 copies in its first week.
More recently, Dawn & Hawkes have shared the stage with Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Robert Earl Keen and Old 97’s. The pair has been featured in Acoustic Guitar, and they’ve performed at festivals such as Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest and Austin City Limits.
“We’re drawn to the same things, but we see it from two different perspectives,” Hawkes said. “When we write together, the songs just blossom fully.”
For the concert at the Chief, Dawn and Hawkes will be using what they call the heart and soul of their music — the classic two-voices, two-guitars style.
While their ties to Austin are close, both are big fans of Colorado, where this tour will take them. Dawn was born in Fort Collins, and they perform across the state frequently, drawing inspiration from the landscapes and people all the way. Their music video for “Silver Line” was filmed outside of Fairplay.
The duo plans to start recording a new album in November. Some of these songs will be featured in Thursday’s show.
“The new songs are so ready to be recorded,” Dawn said. “It’s hard, when you have new songs, not to share them.”
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