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The Dawn Osborne Band

by The Dawn Osborne Band

A mix of Americana, R&B, and Jazz that plays like Adele fronting the Ben Folds Five.
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1. Twisted Fool
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2. Only Good for a Night
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3. In Love With a Dream
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4. Vegas
4:44 $0.99
5. Nadine
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6. Rope to Hang
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7. Horizon Risin'
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8. Call Me Crazy
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9. Little Lady Lane
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10. There Is Love
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Album Notes
Dawn Osborne: Lead Vocals
Newt Johnson- Piano, Organ, Rhodes, Vocals
Andrew Sharpe- Bass, Vocals
Aaron Cox- Drums

"HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Losing a guitarist whose playing they respected ended up pushing the Dawn Osborne Band toward a more signature sound.

After Brian Hudson parted ways with the group for personal reasons about this time last year, the ensemble carried on sans six-string, with just bass, keyboards and drums backing up the Huntsville act's big-voiced, namesake singer.

"As we were looking around for another guitar player, there was nobody we thought touched what Brian was doing for the band before he left," Osborne, 28, says. She's wearing a black, floral-pattern dress, red earrings and a black trilby. "It wasn't something off the top of our heads: 'This is the new direction of the band!' Newt (Johnson, keyboardist) stepped in, and helped us out and it worked out very well."

Johnson, also 28, adds, "It was, 'Let's get some gigs covered,' and then we liked it."

So what does "it" sound like?

The 10 tracks on Dawn Osborne Band's self-titled debut album find the group pulling from jazz ("Rope To Hang"), country ("Good For A Night"), art-pop ("Vegas"), R&B ("In Love With a Dream") and indie-rock ("There Is Love").

The LP's best tracks evoke Adele fronting the Ben Folds Five.

"That just described the band, yeah," Johnson says with a chuckle between drags on a Pall Mall cigarette.

Dawn Osborne Band's current lineup also features drummer Aaron Cox, 26, and 40-something bassist Andrew Sharpe, who played a role in bringing Johnson into the fold. (They both play with long-running local melodic rockers Toy Shop, but with the instruments reversed: Sharpe on keys and Johnson on bass).

"The Dawn Osborne Band" disc is one of several new releases from Huntsville artists being issued via local imprint Startlingly Fresh Records June 8.

Osborne and company will perform 7 - 7:35 p.m. that evening at the label's cavalcade, StartleFest - to be held at Flying Monkey Arts, 2211 Seminole Drive. The festival runs from 5 – 11 p.m. and tickets are $10.

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The Dawn Osborne Band. (Contributed by Claire Lindsay)
The Dawn Osborne Band formed in 2006, and the group is just now releasing an LP in 2013. What was the most natural aspect of finally taking this from stage to studio? And what was the most difficult?

Osborne: I know the songs so well that it was just muscle memory at that point.

Johnson: All four people, 80 percent of the album's first takes. Our goal with the recording was to try and make it sound as much like our live show as possible. For me personally, the biggest challenge was recording the keyboard parts – because I did record the piano, organ and Rhodes [the vintage, Fender-made electric piano] separately – to make it come together in a way I could perform live.

What's the story behind the song "Nadine," which to me is one of the strongest on the album?

Osborne: I was just around my house doing laundry, vacuuming and this melody popped into my head, fully formed. The only lyrics that came with it were the title of the song, "Nadine." And I sat down to write and it kind of just poured out. I don't know who this person is. It almost felt like I tapped into something that already existed.

Why do you think Dawn's voice excels in a bass, trio and keys ensemble?

Johnson: Dawn's a jazz singer at heart.

Dynamics play a big role in these songs. For example, "Rope To Hang" begins really lounge-y and then goes into kind of a cabaret.

Osborne: When Andrew and I write together and bounce ideas to each other ... We're both hugely influenced by musicals. As a kid I lived in Germany. I didn't have cable, and we only had one station, which was the military station. My parents had tons of VHS, and I'd watch like "Oklahoma!" and "Sound of Music" and "Cabaret."

Why did you pick "There Is Love" to close the LP?

Osborne: It has a big feel and sound to it. And before that, Andrew would have a song mostly written and I would add a line, or I would have a song mostly written and he would write a couple lines. This one was actually based on a dream Andrew had. And as he was explaining it to me, it was full of all these colors and imagery, I was like, "Oh, this is a song."

Startlingly Fresh Records co-owner [and longtime Huntsville working musician] Jim Cavender produced "The Dawn Osborne Band." What's Jim's approach to production like?

Osborne: He just kind of says, "Go," because we were trying to have a really natural sound. He will make suggestions: "You could do this part with a little more kick to it," or, "Maybe drop back a little bit on this part to build some dynamics." He kind of lets you do your thing and is very gentle about his suggestions.

Why did it take so long for Dawn Osborne Band to make an album?

Osborne: We had set out to record before and it didn't seem right when we went to listen back to what was recorded. This is my very first recorded anything. Until it was the right combination of people and the right moment, I didn't want to just put out some half-a--ed product.

Johnson: Part of the "right now" is our drummer Aaron Cox, because he's amazing. He lives in Nashville and while he's in this band we wanted to get that on tape.

How are you going to celebrate after finally releasing a Dawn Osborne Band album on June 8?

Osborne: Honestly, the best way to celebrate would be to write some songs.

Matt Wake
Huntsville Times"



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