The Memphis Dawls w/ Fox and the Bird
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The Memphis Dawls:
Holly Cole, Jana Misener & Krista Wroten began creating music together in high school. Although the surroundings were less than romantic, their sound was powerful even then. The three rejoined after roaming the country for college and other bands. The girls took some ques from artists like Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. Folk and classic country provide a foundation while the heavy string laden R&B songs from Otis Redding to Minnie Riperton make up the walls and roof. Including Jonathan McLaren on vibraphone and drums and Nahshon Benford on trumpet and euphonium allowed the band to explore more territory. A typical show can take a listener from a warm morning in the arms of a lover to a cold night alone lost in a desert and, thankfully, back again.
They all take inspiration from outside influences: Cole with a degree in sculpture and Misener and Wroten involvement with several film soundtracks. The band continues to play across the country and their sound continues to grow bigger and more graceful than it's humble beginnings.
Press About Fox and the Bird (Dallas, TX):
"...a wide range of instrumentation and a beautiful, organic sound..."
-- Pete Freedman, Dallas Observer
"What is this hope I hear on their voices? Even when singing songs of heartbreak, there is an ever-present optimism and peace about them. They sing of home, and I feel at home."
-- Sarah Crisman, Pegasus News
"Fox and the Bird, a band with wonderfully layered Americana-flamenco-folk harmonies."
-- Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News
“Local beloveds Fox and the Bird take their straightforward folk sensibility and throw it in a blender on high with beautiful melodies and sing-along, foot-stomping tunes.”
-- Rachel Watts, Dallas Observer
"Combining mellow voices and a variety of instruments, Fox and the Bird delivers mesmerizing performances that possess a mystique and style that defy musical formula."
-- Star Community News
"Lyrics are reminiscent of the macabre and imaginative, of folk music by Welsh immigrants to Appalachia."
-- Lucinda Breeding, Denton Record Chronicle
"[Fox and The Bird's songs] bloom most fully in concert, where the full-throated, multi-part harmonies can reach full roar and the intoxicating clatter behind them blows forth like a summer wind sweeping through the tall grain."
-- Preston Jones, DFW.com
"Fox and the Bird believe in music as orthopraxy: self-subsisting and without boundaries."
-- Dick Sullivan, D Magazine
"Loosely fitting under the vintage umbrella of neo-folk, this well-thought-out group of tunes boasts a variety that never seems cobbled together by force. Instead, a spirit of unity between the album's sonic traits and the group's comfort with the material shines powerfully."
-- Kelly Dearmore, Dallas Observer