Indie-folk duo Dawn and Hawkes come back to Steamboat Springs this weekend
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What: Dawn & Hawkes
When: 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28
Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs — The quintessential Dawn and Hawkes album is on its way.
With a natural chemistry that is palpable to every audience member, this album, “Yours and Mine,” speaks to the love story between two singer songwriters, Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes.
“The theme of the album ties it all together,” Hawkes said. “It speaks to all sides of the roller coaster of sharing your life with someone. It has the happy parts and the struggles but is centered on togetherness and working through it to find the silver lining.”
After meeting through a happenstance encounter, the two formed a male/female band known for its charisma and romantic charm. Recently, they’ve been busy touring the country, performing over 100 shows, writing songs on the road and even had time to get married in Big Sur earlier this month.
On Friday night, the duo will be back in Steamboat Springs for a 7 p.m. performance at the Chief Theater sharing some of the new tunes on the “Yours and Ours” album, which will be released Oct. 2.
Winning over many audiences and fans, the duo is known for their appearance on NBC’s “The Voice,” performing a rendition of the Beatles “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” Since then, they’ve come a long way. Dawn was a finalist in the New Folk competition for emerging songwriters at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and by June, the duo recorded its self-produced debut EP “Golden Heart.”
And now, their newest, full-length album, “Yours and Mine,” features songs they wrote on the road over the past year.
“It has its own portrait of different characters, and we hope people find at least one of those that resonates with their own story and truth so it can be an extension of a way they can express themselves or can be heard,” Dawn said. “The theme of the album is connectedness and that you are not so alone in this life experience.”
Sharing their authentic, indie-folk sound, the pair has an onstage presence that proves just how in-sync Dawn and Hawkes really is.
“When we perform it feels so personal to us and special to us, it’s an experience when we are having that connection,” Hawkes said. “Each time is unique and exciting for us, and the fact that other people pick up on that also and share in that moment feels like something we can’t own or fully describe, it surprises us but also enthralls us too.”
“Sharing love is an experience, it’s a human experience and at a performance like this, it’s a place to share that,” Dawn added. “I like that we are bringing that vulnerable and secret part of our lives that exists only in our living rooms into a public place.”
Constantly on the road, touring for them is more replenishing than depleting, and during their travels, they say they acquire inspiration from the people they meet. In the past year they’ve performed with the likes of Dawes, Patty Griffin, Robert Earl Keen, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more.
“What’s going on onstage is an experience we are having, and that connection each time is unique and exciting for us,” Hawkes said.
The duo said Steamboat is one of their favorite venues, and they are looking forward to returning to the intimate venue.
“They just work really well together, and they truly are a couple that enjoys singing together,” said Nancy Lee, who attended the Dawn and Hawkes concert the last time they were in town. “The Chief is such a personal venue for their music, and they like that personal interaction with the crowd. They are perfect for it.”
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