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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]

Hissing Lawns Says Nice Things


Savannah’s local Hissing Lawns music blog previews the upcoming Thursday Night Opry show and says this:

“Imagine…what it would sound like if Michael Stipe, They Might Be Giants, Sufjan Stevens, and the Pixies hosted a poetry reading in the live oaks of Sonoma County in the middle of July at midnight. Dare Dukes’ music could be that kind of country.”

Read the whole post here.

Or just watch the video of me performing “Jim Eggers’ Parrot.”



Hissing Lawns Photos of Jim and Me


Dare Dukes with cellist Annelise Nelson

Some nice photos up by Jon Waits over at hissing lawns of the recent Savannah show with Jim White.


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



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.

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.

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.


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.