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 enamored 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. In addition to Rutledge’s stunning picking, it also features the pedal steel work of Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Amy Helm) on “Yours, Truly” that suits the subdued haunting work of the songwriter.
Dawson Rutledge will be playing Saturday September 30th 7pm. This performance is part of the Seaport Summer Stage presented by Corona Extra. Located by the Garden Bar, the intimate concerts feature emerging and innovative music artists and DJ's from around the world.
Saturday September 9th at 7pm: Odetta Hartman
Saturday September 23rd at 7pm: Benjamin Cartel
Thursday September 21st at 7pm: The Alpaca Gnomes
Thursday Sepetember 28th at 7pm: Kendra Morris
Saturday September 30th at 7pm: Dawson Rutledge