L.A.-based Americana group Dawes is no stranger to Asheville, having played here more times and in more venues than seems fitting, considering it’s a 3,000 mile commute. Read an interview with the band here; see a photo gallery by Rich Orris here.
Last fall, the band really settled into Asheville. More to the point, they settled into Echo Mountain Recording Studios where, over five weeks, they recorded Stories Don’t End, which is set to drop on April 9.
Rolling Stone magazine features the band in its new issue, along with photos from the Echo Mountain recording session. The cute K9 posing with Dawes in the first photo? She belongs to Echo Mountain manager, Jessica Tomasin.
BTW: Want to learn more about Echo Mountain and the art and science of recording? You’re in luck: The local studio offers its Master Classes on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17. “Each day begins promptly at 10 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m.,” says info on the event. “Classes are modular, focusing on five different areas: recording drums, acoustic instruments, and electric instruments; and mixing for rock and acoustic music. Enrollment is limited in order to ensure that participants have as much interaction with the engineers as possible. Sixteen people will be admitted and split into two groups of eight, which will rotate through our two building facility over the course of each day. In order to ensure that classes are affordable to both students and home studio engineers, all five classes are being offered as a single two-day weekend pass for $300.” Go online to register, or email masterclasses [at] echomountain.net for more info.