Where'd You Go My Love" & "Starting Gate"
Memphis folk/ rockers!
The Memphis Dawls are known as the crowning jewel of the Memphis folk
scene. The core group is made up of three veteran musicians who have
played with several successful local bands. Brought together by their
similar tastes in melody and style, and maybe a slight nod from
fate, Holly Cole (guitars, vocals) Jana Misener (cello, vocals), and
Krista Wroten (viola, mandolin, accordion, vocals) deliver hauntingly
romantic and lyrical folk music with a modern flare.
The themes of the band’s music tend to lean toward the power of love and heartache, just like their musical mentors: Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.
Their harmonies and music push folk, country and rock through the
filter of southern hymns. Religious only in the context of their
dedication to their respective crafts, they deliver a unique and
hypnotizing sound that jumps from genre to genre. The Dawls are not
afraid to be inventive, exploring soundscapes ranging from complex vocal
harmonies similar to bands like Fleet Foxes to the more complex string arrangements of The Decemberists.
The threesome originally began playing together in high school, but
The Dawls didn’t make their debut professionally until 2010. After high
school, Wroten, Cole, and Misener all sought musical careers — but they
went in three different directions. Cole travelled west to Los
Angeles, Wroten went to Boston, and Misener left for Chicago. As time
would pass, each would work their way back to Memphis.
Upon returning to Memphis, Cole began playing the solo circuit, and
was asked to join local collective Makeshift Music. The established
alternative label, known for releasing music from popular Memphis bands
like Lucero, Snowglobe, The Coach and Four and Two Way Radio, released her first solo effort Fearless and Free back in
2006. Cole put together a full band before releasing her next effort,
called Holly and the Heathens. The group featured some of Memphis’
finest talent, including Greg Faison (Jump Jack Jake, Tiger High),
Brandon Robertson (Snowglobe) and Jake Vest (Third Man, Tiger High,
Bullet Proof Vests).
The act would also bring her in back to working with Wroten, who
would play countrified violin with the Heathens project. The result
would be a less folksy, more boozy, honky tonk sounding album that was
well received by critics.
During this time, Misener was playing cello for road warriors Giant
Bear as well as playing with The Sultana. When Cole began toying with
more romantic arrangements of some of her songs, she called upon Wroten
and Misener to add strings to her music and the Memphis Dawls were born.
Although all three ladies have busied themselves with various artistic endeavors, Wroten touring with Amy Lavere,
Misener continuing to play with The Sultana, and Cole finishing up a BA
in Sculpture at The University of Memphis, The Dawls would be the main
focus for the trio much of 2011. In that year, a fated call from
engineer Matt Brown would get them in the studio to record their first
release. Their debut was a 4 song EP with spacious arrangements and
passionate lyricism. Noted for its scope in atmosphere, emotion, and
sense of texture, the Dawls’ initial release is an involving experience
worth diving into. Over the past year, the Dawls have focused and
sharpened their sound, poised for national exposure.
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 18 May, 2013.