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Editors’ Notes

It’s tempting to hear every song on Dawn Landes’ 2014 album Bluebird as a commentary on her recent divorce from singer/songwriter Josh Ritter, who had used much of his previous album, Beast in Its Tracks, to relay information about their 18-month marriage. But aside from a few songs like “Try to Make a Fire Burn Again” or “Cry No More,” Landes doesn’t seem to dwell too much on the chain of events that led the two musicians to move on. That doesn’t mean there aren’t emotionally powerful moments on Bluebird; its 10 songs flow with a restrained beauty, where even the use of a string section on the lovely “Lullabye for Tony” is hardly grand but deep and rich. Landes (a Louisville, Ky., native) showed great strength and taste on the underrated Fireproof in 2008, and her years engineering other people’s albums have only sharpened her own arrangements. Here, Landes is assisted by producer Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman). From the opening title track to the piano-based finale, “Home,” her songs come together with a sense of precision.

Customer Reviews


my favorite Dawn Landes album !!! some great songs!

The song I loved...

"Home," so so beautiful. The album was recommended by a friend on Facebook-what a great find.

Favorite album of 2014

I'd never heard of her until I saw her linked to another artist I was looking for. Listened to the first snippet and immediately downloaded the album and have been listening to it non-stop since. Been a few months and I'm nowhere tired of it.

Beautiful melodies paired with a pristine voice and immaculate production. What more could one ask for?


Born: December 5, 1980 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Bridging the worlds of indie rock, alt-country, and folk, singer/songwriter Dawn Landes has played with a similarly diverse range of artists including Fred Eaglesmith, Amy Rigby, John Gorka, and Rainer Maria. A Louisville, Kentucky, native, Landes moved to New York to attend N.Y.U. and play music. She obtained a weekly spot at the Jack Hardy song exchange and also performed frequently in New York as well as on the campuses of Yale, Sarah Lawrence, Barnard, Columbia, Brown, and course, her own school....
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