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:
Performer Magazine is saying some very nice things about Thugs and China Dolls:
“…nothing short of beautiful…”
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.
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.
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, 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.
Webzine Alphabet Bands reviews Thugs and China Dolls and gets all gushy on us:
Dukes’ blend of wry, observational humour and poetry reminds us in part of John Grant and his sublime album, The Queen of Denmark. But while Grant’s focus was more internal, more autobiographical, Dukes’ head is up and he is looking out, his attention on the “the weirdness, the anomalies, the resistance” of the American suburbs. These eccentricities may be ripe for lampooning but Dukes treats his subjects with affection; jauntily bouncing along in celebration or shuffling, dejected, as appropriate.
Boy, are we proud.
All this sparkle and wonderment is due to the magic people at Reader Films in Austin. Especially Max Benitez (director) and Kristin Wernicke Benitez (producer).