Having been a fan of the talented musician and singer-song-writer, Adam Hood (see link), it's only natural for me to value the artists he surrounds himself with. Recently, I saw an Instagram post that Adam had shared. Sure, the pretty girls on the beach got my attention, but it was the caption and their shirts that further peaked my interest. Wearing shirts that say, "Who the hell is Dallas Dorsey?" and tagging Adam, Drake White, and Dallas Dorsey himself. I jumped onto Spotify and was instantly hooked. I want YOU to know who Dallas Dorsey is.
If you are familiar with the music of Adam Hood, then you know that he is of a caliber that many only hope to reach. Packing a soulful voice, some knarly guitar and songs that have received some major attention and recordings from Josh Abbott and David Nail, Hood has done well for himself. He surrounds himself with talent such as Jason Eady and Courtney Patton which speaks volumes of his dedication to solid song-writing and performances. He has been a long-time friend of Dallas Dorsey and fans of Hood will definitely appreciate Dorsey's music.
Somewhere between country and Americana lies music like Dorsey's as it is folky at times yet often amped up. Don't mistake this flair as being cheap however, as it is calculated and well thought out in delivery. The guitar will make you reminisce to when classic rock ruled the airwaves. Smooth yet smoky guitar riffs bring you along in songs like "Broke in Birmingham" that also feature the beautiful voice of Gini Young swapping lyrics with Dorsey. It's music that I always end up being drawn to because it has the energy to keep me interested whether in the gym or driving.
I reached out to Dorsey for some background on a few songs I really enjoyed and he kindly explained his background with them. "The Killer" and it's glorious southern rock style really grabbed my ear when I first heard it. It tells the story of an outlaw running from the law and it is loosely based on the 1993 western film, "Tombstone." I admittedly have not seen it myself, but after hearing this song and the chase that is described, I will check it out. It's amazing to see where the inspiration for songs come from at times. Often times we think it's an actual experience, but that is not always the case.
Dallas brings the memory of his grandfather, Sheldon Bennett, of Alabama into his music with the track "You." It's a powerful reflection on what Dorsey remembers about one of the special men in his life. From picking chords on his flat top guitar, to spending time talking about the way life used to be, his grandfather let him with many memories and lessons. Like many of us, our grandparents possess wisdom and stories that we can't get from friends on Facebook. In many ways they are portals to the past and we value their input and outlook on life. Love this song.
"Grandad's Dad" has an infectious musical make-up here and will have you singing aIong in no time. Crafted from real life family members serving in the Civil War, he took some liberty with how everything flowed together to create this jammin' tune. There are some slick southern rock riffs pumping through on this track and Dorsey's voice shines here. I love how he took an event like the Civil war and put together a song like this. I would love to see this one performed live – give it a listen to hear exactly what I mean.
I hope you take my advice and check out this talented artist and add his music to your library. Artists like Dallas Dorsey are treasured finds and they always feel like they've been in my collection. That's how you know they make good music and it pushes you to spread the word for others to enjoy. Looking forward to new music in the future from this guitar slinger.
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