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Dawes performing in 2018
Dawes performing in 2018
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2009–present
Associated acts
Past members

Dawes is an American folk rock band from Los Angeles, California, composed of brothers Taylor (guitars and vocals) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums), along with Wylie Gelber (bass) and Lee Pardini (keyboards).


Taylor Goldsmith at the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival, June 2012
Taylor Goldsmith at the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival, June 2012

Dawes was formed from the band Simon Dawes after the departure of co-songwriter Blake Mills,[2] subsequently abandoning a post-punk sound in favor of folk rock. Dawes has been described as having a Laurel Canyon sound derived from artists such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.[3]

At the invitation of producer Jonathan Wilson, the band joined a local informal jam session that included Conor Oberst, The Black Crowes's Chris Robinson, and Benmont Tench.[4] The band recorded their debut album, North Hills, in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape,[3] resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called "authentically vintage".[5] Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone is also credited with appearing on the release.[6]

The band made their television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on April 14, 2010. Dawes released their second album, Nothing Is Wrong, on June 7, 2011 and toured the US co-headlining with Blitzen Trapper. Original keyboardist Tay Strathairn did not appear on Nothing Is Wrong due to other commitments and was temporarily replaced by Alex Casnoff. Strathairn returned to the band in late 2010.[7] Dawes played alongside Jackson Browne at the Occupy Wall Street event in Zuccotti Park, on December 1, 2011.[8] The band also appeared as themselves on the February 7, 2012 episode of the NBC television series Parenthood.[9]

In February 2013, the band released the single "From a Window Seat" from the 2013 album Stories Don't End on Red General Catalog and their own Hub Records.[10][11]

The song "Just Beneath the Surface" from Stories Don't End was featured in the episode "Independent Movie" of the animated series American Dad!

On April 22, 2015, Dawes performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, paying tribute to Warren Zevon with their cover of "Desparados Under the Eaves". They also performed the song "Things Happen" on the show.

Duane Betts joined the band as a member of their touring ensemble in June 2015, performing as an auxiliary guitarist.[12] Taylor and Duane alternated playing lead guitar on songs. The band's fourth album, All Your Favorite Bands, was released on June 2, 2015. Three months later, the departure of keyboardist Tay Strathairn was announced in a Facebook post. Lee Pardini began playing keyboards on the band's winter 2015/2016 tour and became a permanent member of the band in July 2016.[13] Betts also left the touring ensemble, and was replaced by guitarist Trevor Menear.[14]

Dawes' fifth album, We're All Gonna Die was released on September 16, 2016, on HUB Records. The record marked a distinct change of style, building on the band's previous Laurel Canyon folk rock sound with a sonic twist, adding in more synthesized keyboard sounds, heavier bass, and an overall different sound for the group (while still staying true to their roots). We're All Gonna Die was produced by former founding member of Simon Dawes, Blake Mills.[15] In November 2016, they announced their "An Evening with Dawes" tour, which began in January 2017. The "Evening With" tour is distinct from past tours because, instead of having an opening act, they perform 2-3 hour shows with a small intermission.

Passwords, Dawes' sixth studio album, released on June 22, 2018.[16] The album saw the return of producer Jonathan Wilson, and is "for and about the modern age: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, and the small victories and big losses that give it shape."[17] The band launched a marketing campaign for the album that encouraged fans to search for "passwords" posted throughout the Internet. Once a password was found, it could be entered onto a page of the band's official website where each part of the password represented a musical note. When entered correctly, these musical notes played various musical refrains from Dawes songs and unlocked exclusive content, including the singles "Never Gonna Say Goodbye" and "Telescope," as well as a Spotify playlist curated by Griffin Goldsmith.[18] In 2020, the members of Dawes played a few shows with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead after connecting through Jason Crosby.[19]

On July 22, 2020, Dawes announced their seventh studio album, Good Luck With Whatever, set to be released on October 2 via Rounder Records. In conjunction with the announcement, the band released their first single from the album, Who Do You Think You're Talking To?.[20]



Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales



North Hills
  • Released: August 18, 2009
  • Label: ATO
Nothing Is Wrong 64 5 18
Stories Don't End
  • Released: April 9, 2013
  • Label: HUB Records
36 3 9 134
All Your Favorite Bands
  • Released: June 2, 2015
  • Label: HUB Records
37 1 4 160 137
We're All Gonna Die
  • Released: September 16, 2016
  • Label: HUB Records
42 1 8
  • Released: June 22, 2018
  • Label: HUB Records
52 3 8
Good Luck with Whatever [B] 5 44

Live albums

Title Album details
We're All Gonna Live
  • Released: February 14, 2017[29]
  • Label: Hub Records


Title EP details Peak chart positions

Stripped Down at Grimey's
  • Released: October 22, 2013[30]
  • Label: Hub Records
Feed the Fire
  • Released: October 1, 2018[31]
  • Label: Hub Records


As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Time Spent in Los Angeles" 2011 17 Nothing Is Wrong
"If I Wanted Someone" 2012 21
"From a Window Seat"[33] 2013 10 Stories Don't End
"Most People"[34] 16
"Things Happen"[35] 2015 6 All Your Favorite Bands
"All Your Favorite Bands" 19
"When the Tequila Runs Out" 2016 5 We're All Gonna Die
"Roll with the Punches"[36] 2017 23
"Living in the Future"[37] 2018 16 Passwords
"Feed the Fire"[38] 23
"I Will Run"[39] 2020 Non-album single
"Who Do You Think You're Talking To?"[40] 7 Good Luck with Whatever
"St. Augustine At Night"[41]
"Didn't Fix Me"[42]
"Free As We Wanna Be"[43] 2021
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Christmas in L.A."
(The Killers featuring Dawes)
2013 43 81 100 92 Non-album single

Other appearances

Title Year Album
"Someday Never Comes"
(John Fogerty with Dawes)
2013 Wrote a Song for Everyone


  1. ^ North Hills did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 23 on the US Heatseekers Albums Chart.[26]
  2. ^ Good Luck with Whatever did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Album Sales Chart.[28]


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  6. ^ Aly Comingore (December 17, 2009). "Dawes Plays Muddy Waters:L.A. Folk Rockers Channel Vintage California". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Shannon Cosgrove (February 19, 2011). "Q & A with indie rock band Dawes". University of California, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
  8. ^ Jackson Browne & Dawes Play Zuccotti (VIDEO), Gosztola, Kevin;, December 2, 2011, accessed December 3, 2011
  9. ^ Dawes Set to Make Cameo on NBC's Parenthood, Vitcavage, Adam;, February 7, 2012, accessed February 14, 2012
  10. ^ "New Song: "From A Window Seat"". Official Dawes band homepage. February 8, 2013. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  11. ^ "Dawes Face Fears on "From a Window Seat" – Song Premiere". Rolling Stone. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  12. ^ "Duane Betts Is Now A Member of Dawes Touring Band". Jam Bands. May 9, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Dawes in Delaware". Relix. December 21, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  14. ^ Sutton, Larson (December 16, 2016). "Dawes: The Unexpected and the Inevitable". Relix. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
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  17. ^ Prabhu, Suraj (May 15, 2018). "Dawes debut music video for 'Living in the Future,' first single from upcoming 'Passwords'". Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  18. ^ Johnson, Ellen (June 7, 2018). "Exclusive: Dawes Launch Passwords Site, Share New Single "Never Gonna Say Goodbye"". Paste Magazine. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  19. ^ "Dawes Covers Grateful Dead: Live at Relix". Relix. March 18, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
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    • All Your Favorite Bands: "Chart Update". The Zobbel Website. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
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  30. ^ ""Stripped Down at Grimey's" Limited 12"". Retrieved October 16, 2020.
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  39. ^ "I Will Run by Dawes on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
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  41. ^ "St. Augustine At Night by Dawes on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  42. ^ "Didn't Fix Me by Dawes on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
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