The Memphis Dawls' sound is polished, lush, and feminine, and contrasts deeply to the Dead Soldiers' brash and drunken irreverence. They both tote a penchant for Americana, but they are decidedly different groups. But of course, like all good collaborations which seem at first ill-advised, a healthy dose of whiskey and whim defeats convention.
After a year spent planning in 2013, Dead Dawls lept forward in the first two months of 2014, writing and recording two songs that feature the full instrumental and vocal prowess of both bands: "Suburban Woman," an unsubtle nod to 70s era country jaunts, and "Slow Motion," an effortlessly haunting dirge. Like the two separate ensembles, the songs couldn't be more different, but pair beautifully, against all odds, in their self-titled 7 inch vinyl release.
released March 28, 2014
Ben Aviotti - Electric Guitar, Vocals
Clay Qualls - Bass, Vocals
Holly Cole - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jana Misener - Cello , Vocals
Krista Wroten - Violin, Vibraphone, Vocals
Michael Jasud - Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Nathan Raab - Organ, Piano, Electric Guitar
Paul Gilliam - Drums
John Whittemore - Pedal Steel
Nahshon Benford - Trumpet
Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by Toby Vest at High/Low Recordings
Mastered by Leo Goff
Art and Layout by Josh Breeden (St Francis Elevator Ride)