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The Present

by Lonesome Doves

These songs were created in the present, for the present, and are best when heard now.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Put On a Show
4:10 $0.99
2. Magpie Tree
3:08 $0.99
3. Best Friend
3:22 $0.99
4. Bonnie & Clyde
3:33 $0.99
5. Sugar
4:11 $0.99
6. Oh My Darling
1:54 $0.99
7. Rodeo
2:38 $0.99
8. Ain't Hopeless
4:38 $0.99
9. Little Ones
3:46 $0.99
10. Warm Tears
2:17 $0.99
11. Today
4:32 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Living in the moment has brought the Lonesome Doves into a new realm of songwriting & has electrified their live performances. The Present was written over the course of 2014, during and after their first tour. Having played on stages & street corners across the land, they found inspiration in the natural landscapes around them, the beautiful souls they met, and epiphanies on life and love.

This record starts with a bang. A bigger, badder Lonesome Doves take the stage, vowing to "Put On a Show" for those loyal listeners in the crowd. Scarlett Compton's furious ukulele rhythms stride alongside her powerful lyrical content and out-of-breath delivery like a faithful companion, driving and propelling this track into pure rock. The full band treatment the Doves opted for this time around has certainly given them the muscles they so desperately needed to flex. "Magpie Tree" is a rumbling juke-joint foot-tapper that will remind you to love the one you brung. "Best Friend" reiterates the need to be on the lookout, no matter how close, for love to enter your life. The eerie and ominous "Bonnie & Clyde" hushes the tone of the record. Plans are made and traps are laid for this star-crossed duo and the outcome is one that you would expect: everybody dies. The lush intro vocals of "Sugar" quickly give way to a driving backbeat worthy of the sugar-rush this song induces. But when the band is really getting into the groove of things, Side 1 ends with the sparse arrangement of "Oh My Darling", simply Scarlett and her uke singing an ode to a beautiful child.

Side 2 gets going quickly, with the band launching into the country-blues-rocker "Rodeo". Famed guitarist Lance Lopez joins the rest of his band and the Lonesome Doves to burn down the studio with this jumping number about lack of innocence. Sean Compton's acoustic guitars ring out both magnificently in "Ain't Hopeless" and subdued in "Little Ones", making for a sublime one-two punch extolling the virtues of staying strong and being there. Scarlett's angelic voice describes the forlorn and joyous feeling of becoming emotional while natural beauty is exploding all about you in the penultimate track "Warm Tears".

While maintaining a consistent sound by way of the excellent production by Paul Osborne and his staff at Audio Dallas, and the superb backing of Landis Chisenhall on drums and Patrick Smith on bass, this record continually outflanks genre-description. At times a country feel dominates, at times a folky feel rules the day. The finale, "Today", sees the group spread its wings and launch off the edge of the earth into the psychedelic realm. As 2" tape reels back into place, a nice groove develops around lyrics of a long lost friend, perhaps dead. A headphone song for sure, "Today" winds around a B3 guitar solo into a large vocal swell to crash the album like a wave on your head.

The Lonesome Doves have certainly come a long way from their debut, "Handmade", which was recorded mostly in a closet. The evolution of their songwriting continues to impress. "The Present" is an excellent addition to any music lover's collection. Please enjoy this band now. Witnessing their rise will be a blast.

--Cam Peaston, Lone Lost Ring Magazine, May 2015

This release, recorded at Audio Dallas in Texas, captures the first high-fidelity studio sounds from the ramshackle duo.

Lonesome Doves are Sean & Scarlett.
With Landis Chisenhall (Drums), Patrick Smith (Bass), and Lance Lopez (Guitar-'Rodeo').
Produced and Mixed by Paul Osborne, Audio Dallas
Mastered by George Geurin, DES Mastering

Lonesome Doves are preparing for the 2015 'The Present Tour' which will take them to Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, California, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky.




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