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Mazarine Records


U.S. Publicity:

Jeffrey Smith
Crash Avenue
jeffrey [at] crash-avenue [dot com]


European Publicity:

Peter Holmstedt
peter.holmstedt [at] telia [dot com]
+46 (0)33.26.0210



Dare likes to play any place where people want to hear him—living rooms, stadiums, art galleries, derelict strip malls, glitzy music venues filled with trend-setting starlets, fire-gutted churches with free enchiladas. Write STS Booking, and together we will find a way:

Bright Elephant [at] gmail [dot com]


Dare Dukes

dd [at] daredukes [dot com]

Lyrics: “Ghosts of Christmas” by Dare Dukes

The Christmas lights they flicker red, green, and white,
Hung in the baggage claim by an irate overtime janitor.
This time of year it’s crazy ’round here.
Elbows and packages crammed into cabs with drunken strangers.

The children chew on cellophane.
While the fat actor rings for pocket change
This time of year it’s crazy ‘round here.
This time of year it’s crazy here.

CNN calls for blizzard through the East.
We at the terminal bar share a laugh and reach for cell phones.
Outside the shapes of planes stuck at gates covered in snow.
We are ghosts of Christmas and we’re cheered to never get home.


Fa la la la la la la…

Bloodshot and tipsy we flirt between Parchese moves,
Avoiding questions about the relations pictured in wallets.
A touch the hand when peanuts are passed back and forth.
In my eyes I suspect you surmise my love of airports.

The terminal’s quiet as the sick and tired snore and wheeze.
We are the ghosts of Christmas and we have all we need.
We are the ghosts of Christmas and we do not need.


Fa la la la la la la…

Mailman Song



Zim Dukes and Dare Dukes rough out their next hit single, Mailman Song, a tender ballad about love, loss, and man’s inhumanity to man.


Heat Wave




Athfest 2012


See you at the New Earth Music Hall this Friday, June 22!



No Depression Posts Live Performance of “Sam’s Cathedral”


Over at No Depression they’ve posted a lovely performance video of us.  On our winter 2012 tour we worked up this warm and wooden version of “Sam’s Cathedral,” and most nights, if we thought the audience cared, we would end by stepping off the stage and walking into the center of the audience to perform this song. It’s one of my fondest memories of this band.  The video of us playing this song was shot in Asheville by Jesse Hamm, right before our show at the Lexington Avenue Brewery. The only thing missing is audience members encircling us.

This photo is of our performance, with audience, at the LAB the same night:

 Dare Dukes + the Blackstock Collection live in Asheville, NC at the LAB



Tickled: Savannah Stopover Festival 2012


You have two chances to come see and hear me, backed up by my talented pals Phillip Reynold Price and Rachael Perisho, at the Savannah Stopover Festival 2012.


Performer Magazine: Review


Performer Magazine is saying some very nice things about Thugs and China Dolls:

“…nothing short of beautiful…”


My Old Kentucky Blog: Exclusive Premiere


I am so very happy to report that the wise and wonderful music site My Old Kentucky Blog is premiering the new single, “When the Sky Breaks,” from Thugs and China Dolls.  They’re also offering for free download my previously unreleased cover of my favorite Brian Eno song, “Some of Them Are Old.”  Go get you some.