“A little country, a little rock, a little blues, it all sounds good to me”
-Kai Turner, The Blues Vassal after playing Plaid Shirt Livin’ on 103.5 The Fox
“If you own a club and you’re not booking Dawson James, you’re just plain dumb!”
-Said by DJ Kai Turner, after playing “Plaid Shirt Livin’ ” on 103.5 The Fox and 107.9 The Bear, Strictly Blues Radio Show
Dawson James is a “Great New Artist”
-Said by DJ Brad White after playing “All I See” on 97.3 KBCO
Mile High FeedBack
Dawson James was the lead singer of the opening band out of Sedalia, CO.
Their sounds crossed lines of Blues, Rockabilly, and Country. Most of the songs they
played were originals except for Johnny B. Goode.
Songs included Working My Life Away, and Plaid Shirt Living.
Neil Mattlock kept the rocking beat on drums, Andy
Sharp played the keys, and Brian Saulig played the bass. Dawson and his
band started the night off with some rocking tunes and gained many new fans.
Check out Dawson’s website at http://dawsonjamesmusic.com/.
Review Link: http://milehighfeedback.blog.com/2013/01/04/1313-cody-canada-the-departed-at-bluebird-theatre/
“Working My Life Away on 103.5 The Fox and 107.9 The Bear –Strictly Blues Live on 103.5 and syndicated on 107.9: “Dawson James is a great young talent” by Kai Turner after playing “Workin’ My Life Away””
Kai Turner – Strictly Blues
“Working My Life Away is on Top 20 songs of 2012 –Strictly Blues Working My Life Away is #17 on Kai Turners Top 20 of 2012!”
Kai Turner – Strictly Blues
Dawson James – Acclaimed Musician with Sedalia Roots
by Kara L. Stewart
Dawson James Devries grew up like many young men do around Sedalia — riding dirt bikes up at Rampart, becoming a motocross racer at the national level, attending Douglas County High School, going on to college…but a compound fracture of a femur during a race at age 16 changed his life’s path from motocross to music.
With his Dad, Rod Devries, being a talented and recognized songwriter; his grandmother teaching him piano starting at age 3; and his grandfather spreading the word as a preacher, it’s no surprise that Dawson James, as he is known on stage, became a songwriter, musician, and performer, with a style that combines great guitar work with poetic lyrics about real life — relationships, encouragement, God’s presence, struggles, and growth.
After high school, he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. “I studied performance voice, song writing, and performance guitar,” he said. Since then, he’s produced five records as an independent artist, “and I have a 10-track album in the works that will be released in 2014, along with a music video to go with the new album.”
Encouraged by his dad’s long-time friend, Nashville-based producer Bobby Terry, who Dawson met when he was a young boy of 8, Dawson has successfully pursued his music career. His entrepreneurial spirit means he funds the majority of the recording costs, and of course he is always looking for and appreciative of investors and supporters who believe in the work he is bringing to the world.
The year 2011 was a turning point for Dawson’s musical career. He had songs playing on radio stations 103.5 and 107.9, and he was the opening act for Tab Benoit at the Gothic Theater. Boulder station KBCO also recognized his talent, which led to Dawson being invited to Nashville to record his latest album.
“Nashville deserves its reputation as ‘the place’ for country music,” he said, “and I feel so fortunate to have connections there through Bobby Terry and others.”
In addition to Dawson’s national following, he believes in paying his music forward by doing local performances. “I have been blessed to play concerts at my church, and it was a great honor to do concerts in conjunction with Sedalia’s Fourth of July celebration for several years,” said Dawson.
He also plays the last Friday of the month at the Sedalia Grill. The next performance is November 29th — and also the second Saturday of the month at the Sports Book at 9660 E. Arapahoe Road in Greenwood Village.
In addition to pursuing his passion for music, he operates the excavation business his uncle started 40 years ago, D-4 Excavating. He and his wife have a 6-month-old daughter.
Link to Article: http://sedaliaview.com/?p=625
LINKS TO PRESS REVIEWS: https://www.reverbnation.com/dawsonjames/press