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Dawson Smith & The Dissenters

New album ‘Been So Long’  was Released Friday 6th August 2021 on Annson Records.


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‘Been So Long’ was written and recorded throughout 2020 and 2021 during lockdown. Recorded live at Quad Studios in Leicester over Easter 2021. The songs are all recorded live with no overdubs except for some acoustic guitar parts being added.


The recording is full of energy and captures the band on top form playing together in one room. The album contains nine brand new Dawson songs and one co-write between Dawson and Malcolm (guitarist).


The album kicks off in great style with the title track ‘Been So Long’ which is a new classic, an energy filled roots rocker that is reminiscent of 60s British R&B bands such as early Stones and The Yardbirds.


The new songs tick every box in the blues rock and Americana genre including slow burning blues, a country rocker, plenty of rock and roll and boogie, a dark Mexican gothic song and some strong Delta blues influences. The last track is an atmospheric epic that tells the true story of Dawson meeting a very friendly ‘working girl’ in a thunderstorm outside the famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis.


Musically the album is classic guitar driven bluesy rootsy Americana with loads of lead and slide guitars provide by new guy Malcolm Watson. Dawson’s vocals are strong and confident and full of passion and energy, Dawson also contributes electric and acoustic rhythm guitars. The other new guy is Garf Mundin on drums and percussion and Steve Burton handles bass guitar and backing vocals.


There are three new videos to accompany the album. The first video ‘Been So Long’ was released on the same day as the album on Friday 6th August 2021

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Dawson Smith & The Dissenters new single Dead Or In Prison

Released Friday 1st October 2021 on Annson Records.

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New single Dead Or In Prison is taken from the album Been So Long that was released on 6th August 2021.


The first single from the album was the title track Been So Long

which attracted glowing reviews and loads of radio plays along with the accompanying video which was also viewed extensively.


The band and the label had no plans for a second single but increased media attention and the overwhelming positive response

to the album has prompted the release of a second single

Dead Or In Prison.


The full album was sent to radio stations and magazines and several writers and DJs picked up on Dead Or In Prison  as a stand out track. The song has also gone down a storm at live gigs and has often been mentioned by people who have bought or streamed the full album.


The new single version has been edited and mastered to be a single but maintains all the energy and vibrancy of the full length album version.


Dead Or In Prison is a cheeky slice of down home southern boogie deliberately written and played in the style of The Georgia Satellites, Jason & The Scorchers, Blackberry Smoke and Little Feat all favourite bands and big influences on Dawson and The Dissenters.



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