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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]

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.

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Listen Before You Buy: Feature and Exclusive Download


British blog Listen Before You Buy has run a very nice feature, and they’re offering a free download of a previously unreleased track, “Fung Wah.”  I used to play “Fung Wah” a lot, but it never made it onto a record, so it’s nice to see it get some attention. I wrote it about visiting my wife in Philadelphia.  They call it:

…a sublime piece of music perfectly showcasing his voice and style. A simple, almost heart-breaking number about something as mundane as a trip to Philadelphia that encompasses cell phones, crying babies and oilfields.

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No Depression Interview!


Hey, whoa. The gigantically nifty No Depression magazine just posted an interview with me, and it features live footage of my amazing band playing our hearts out at our Headliners Music Hall show in Louisville, KY.  Looky here:

Dare Dukes plays music which challenges listeners from just about every angle. These are songs with detailed lyrics anchored to earth by deft arrangements that require repeated listens to fully sink in. But that’s really the crux of what he’s going for in the first place. Dukes, who hails from Savannah, Ga., says he strives to find the beautiful moments in the everyday, pulling from the margins the eccentric characters and bizarre events which form the heart of his adventurous blend of folk and pop. Put that music on stage and it’s a veritable powderkeg of creativity[…]fully capable of getting a crowd to sit up and take notice.


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Asheville Mountain Xpress: Video Interview and Performance


Asheville, NC’s Mountain Xpress videotaped a live performance and interview with me and the band.  They captured a bit of our unplugged, in-the-audience version of “Sam’s Cathedral.”  We ended the show with this song in the audience almost every night.

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Thugs Tour: Airstream Luxury at the Bottletree


Sleeping in the Airstream trailors behind the Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham, Alabama.  What an amazing venue.



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Thugs Tour: Crackers


Our nice hosts in Nashville had an African Gray parrot, just like Jim Eggers. His name is Crackers, and he is a ham.



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Thugs Tour: Banjo Fix in Nashville




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Thugs Tour: TN Lunch


Moonpie and Doritos.




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