From Mother Jones:
Taylor Goldsmith is Dawes' primary songwriter, singer, and spokesman, but the band—which includes Taylor's brother Griffin, Wylie Gelber, and Tay Strathairn—operates as one.
They are among the few younger bands vying for the type of longevity, cohesiveness, and consistency exemplified by the likes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. And they're well on their way, having already opened for Bob Dylan on a 2013 tour, backed Jackson Browne on his 2011 tour, and playing behind Robbie Robertson (The Band) and John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival). Dawes keeps pushing forward with a frenetic tour schedule and an earnest desire to keep getting better.
In October, they'll be doing a special tour, stopping in small towns between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to try out material for their next album. I met with Dawes in Manhattan's Central Park in advance of their SummerStage show opening for, and also backing, Conor Oberst, whom they accompanied during his Upside Down Mountain tour.