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Dave Dondero and The Dauphins

Mon Jul 2nd, 2018

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From: Dauphin World Headquarters,Versailles St, Wellington

Kia Ora, Hamilton,

Do you have a moment? Would you like to?
Dave Dondero is coming to town. He’s been hailed by the tastemakers at NPR in the United States (the equivalent of RNZ in NZ) as one of the best songwriters living today. They literally said he was in the top ten. While that sounds hyperbolic, it’s a sentiment shared in countless album reviews in magazines like No Depression and Paste. He’s decidedly done things his way for over 20 years, playing over 200 dates a year, crisscrossing the world on a never-ending tour. With ten studio albums to his name, Dave’s “Outbound Sound” and songwriting has much in common with the worldview of Woody Guthrie and the lyricism of Townes Van Zandt—if either had been raised on punk rock. He’s recently cut an EP with Against Me’s Laura Jane Grace, released 2017’s “Inside the Cats Eye” LP, and is coming directly off a multi tour with Dave Bazan of Pedro the Lion.

“Few songwriters have experienced and expressed the sinking depths and uplifting optimism of humanity like David Dondero, and his ability to shine a light on the human condition (his own included) is inspiring” - TeamLove Records

This will be Dave’s first visit to New Zealand, on his way to play the Belingen Festival on the Gold Coast of OZ., so don’t miss your chance to see one of the most critically-lauded American songwriters of the modern era. Plus, he's just a great fella. So come meet your new favourite songwriter. It'll be like that time Townes came through. You wouldn't want to miss that, would ya?

The Dauphin of Mississippi

The Dauphin, or his album, Prodigal Songs for the End of Days, is currently a finalist for three Wyoming Country Music Awards for: Best Album, Americana/Roots Group of the year, and Songwriter of the year. Prodigal Songs also landed on Wyoming Public Radio’s “Top-Ten Wyoming Albums of 2017” list. Originally from Mississippi, the Dauphin has recently moved to Wellington to live. He’s shared stages with The Ghost Of Paul Revere, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Willis Alan Ramsey, and Dave Dondero. He flies back to Nashville the week after this tour to record a follow-up album “Songs for the Recently Divorced” for the Graymatter label at Ivy Hall Studio, and will be cutting some sides with Wellington-based producer Gerry Paul this winter in NZ.

Here’s what people say about him:
“Dauphin, Jason Burge. Great, Great songwriter. Quite an ability to draw listeners in with narratives in the songwriting. Beautiful, absolutely Gorgeous.” - Grady Kirkpatrick, Program Director, Wyoming Public Radio

Jason Burge's singing in a small space astounded me. His being is an instrument. - Cindy Bloomquist, venue owner of The Yard in Saratoga

He’s looking forward to meeting you.
We hope to see you at the show.

Your Friend,
The Dauphin

dave dondero, the dauphins

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