Dawes and Blitzen Trapper will play Webster Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Amid notable events like the release of Wilco’s latest album and the Jayhawks’ decision to reunite and record, the roots-rock movement is doing well thanks to a movement fueled by a number of younger acts looking to revive the spirit of 1970s Laurel Canyon stalwarts including CSN and Buffalo Springfield.
Chief among them is Dawes, whose 2011 sophomore bow Nothing is Wrong bubbles over with wisps of Crazy Horse, The Eagles and Jackson Browne (who is also a guest background vocalist.)
Other members of this movement are ragged country-rockers Deertick and Middle Brother, a one-off project featuring members of both bands as well as San Diego Americana crew Delta Spirit which produces a sound that features the best elements of all three outfits.
And while Blitzen Trapper has more of an alt-folk/country vibe going on, the Portland natives bring more grit to the party as reflected in American Goldwing, BT’s sixth album that falls somewhere between The Band, Elton John circa Tumbleweed Connection, The White Stripes and Dylan.
Smoke Fairies are opening.