About tonight's show
"Full-Length Album "Yours and Mine" out October 2nd - album signing after the show"
Dawn and Hawkes flexed their songwriting muscle Saturday night. Outstanding musicians individually, they are absolutely magical together; it’s easy to see why the show was standing-room only. The room was packed with fans, so this writer was confined to the back row in the hallway near the restrooms. But even with the close quarters, I had a coveted direct view.
Undoubtedly, the beautiful thing about an acoustic set is its intimacy. Dawn and Hawkes were completely at ease with the crowd; if they were also nervous, it certainly never showed. They bantered back and forth like the adorable couple they are and were open about their meeting, their relationship, and their music. Think interview and show all in one, a perfect combination for the date-night crowd that poured into the Mucky Duck.
The pair of superlative songwriters divulged the history of their songs, specifically about their genesis and motivation for writing. Many of their ideas seem to come from spontaneous yet ordinary exchanges between the two, but others from jam sessions around their kitchen table. But on the extreme side of songwriting, Dawn explained her desperate attempt to find a quiet place during an airport layover. She laughed and told of finally giving up and locking herself in the last stall of the women’s restroom for an afternoon.
With songs from their latest EP, Golden Heart, and their soon-to-be-released LP, Yours and Mine (due Oct. 2) and at least one song never played in front of an audience, written by Dawn and calling for peace after witnessing her Facebook feed full of negativity. After dozens of police brutality reports, angry commenters and the playground of unwarranted political opinion that is the site's current state, it’s no wonder she penned the song. “People were saying their way is the only right way instead of coming to the table and holding hands,” she sang.
Openly forthcoming about their fortunate meeting and subsequent talent for making music together, Hawkes talked about the evening they first met. During a song circle, a man asked Dawn to sing a particular song: “I thought he was just a cool guy with a mandolin. It was her dad.” Dawn broke in, “My dad is pretty cool.” Her emotional song about marriage, expectations and parental approval won over Hawkes.
“The song already had a familiar feeling," he said. "I judge songs that way. Good songs seem to feel familiar.”
Indeed, the lyrics would seem to strike a chord in any young woman, and the accompanying guitar work was phenomenal……
Kristy Loye - Houston Press