I’ve supported a few artists during their crowdfunding campaigns, something I am happy to do for an artist I know and love. Dallas Dorsey was not someone I had followed in the past, but I had heard a few tunes I’d enjoyed and my buddy John from Pitstop For Country couldn’t say enough about him. That was about all I needed to throw $10 in the ring toward a digital download of this self-titled EP, and boy am I glad I did; this album is great.
I received the digital download about a month ago and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Dallas did everything right for the crowdfunding process; he laid out the steps (He’d done a Kickstarter once before), had the majority of the work done already, and was great about posting updates throughout the process. I have crowdfunded several albums and while they all went well, none were as thorough and informative through all steps as this one.
I’d heard enough of Dallas’ music to think I knew what to expect, a southern-rock country piece, but I was a bit surprised by the bluesy edge to this album. I love it when an artist does something just a bit different than everyone else, and in this case it played out very well. With notes that linger and vocals rich with feeling in every song, this album is cohesive throughout; making me wish it had twice as many songs.
There is a lot to love on this album, every song is well thought out and solid. “Don’t Call Me” is a great leader, it’s catchy with a little edge to the words; it sets the tone for the rest of the album. “Stranger” has a Led Zep feel to the guitar, somber sounds throughout, and heartbreak lyrics.
Smack-dab in the middle of the LP is “Tires Roll On”, the clear star on this album. Fun and funky, it’s damn catchy and in my (Not-so-professional) opinion should be released to radio ASAP; people are going to love this one. You know it’s good when John and I are texting back and forth about it like a couple tweens gushing over the newest Taylor Swift song.
“Let It Loose” continues the guitar rich sounds, showcasing Dallas’ vocal style well and letting the instruments run a bit. “Rolling Wheels” rounds it out with equal parts sentiment and guitar, leaving the listener with only one thought after this great 5-song EP… Where can I hear more?
You can listen to previous work by Dallas on Spotify under Dallas Dorsey and the Rails.
You can visit his website or Facebook to learn more.
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