Dawson Rutledge is what anyone who cares deeply about music would be attracted to. He’s a hip, award winning, sophisticated young songwriter, a unique vocalist, and serious about his craft.
At nineteen, he’s already something of a vet, having crammed a full-blown apprenticeship into two heady years. He got his heart broken and subsequently, in a span of six months, wrote somewhere between fifteen to twenty songs. After recording and releasing a demo of 8 original tunes, things shifted into high gear. Meeting record executive Geordie Gillespie in May of 2016 has led Dawson to record his studio debut, the haunting Monsters. Gillespie heard Dawson at Mesa Music Festival and Jersey Shore Festival and was knocked out, declaring Dawson as “one of the artists to watch,” at both gatherings. He, in fact, became so enamoured of the young man’s music, he decided the best way to get his music made was to introduce him to Grammy award winner Justin Guip, who had worked with Levon Helm
for over a decade. In a few short, productive weeks, near Woodstock, Rutledge and Guip made magic together. There’s a rustic, organic acoustic feel to the album that has a warm ‘70s Woodstock vibe to it. But it’s Rutledge’s voice and lyrics that will pull you in. One of the trademarks of this full-length LP is how conceptually strong the collection is. Lyrics, music, vocals and arrangements all seem wonderfully consistent throughout the record and each song adds to a powerful feeling of romantic despair. One song slides effortlessly into the next, foreshadowing what’s to come, reflecting what has come before.