“Show Me Emotion” by The Dunwells

October 1, 2014

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I am posting a song today by a band that I have posted from before – the English, folk-rock band, The Dunwells. I saw The Dunwells perform live back in 2012 while living in Dallas, and I immediately liked them. They have a great sound, wonderful song-writing, fantastic harmonies, and just a cool vibe.

The band is made up of brothers David and Joseph Dunwell, and cousins Robert Clayton and Johnny Lamb. (The band used to be five members, but guitarist, David Hanson, left the band to start his own band.) They just released their second studio album on September 8, 2014. The new EP is entitled, Show Me Emotion and it does just that. It is a different sound than their first album and I loved their old sound … but, I also really like this new sound too.

The Dunwells just finished touring in the UK in September and are headed to California this month. They are great live performers, particularly in an intimate setting where you can really hear those incredible harmonies. If you get a chance to see them, take it! I am hoping they make it to the east coast and will be keeping my eye out for them.

Sometimes at the end of a long day with a lot of moving pieces I do feel overcome with emotion for some reason. Sometimes I feel incredibly happy and other times I feel on the verge of tears. Today has been one of those days. This song just seemed like a perfect fit, just enough emotion to let me settle into my end of day. I really hope you enjoy this new song.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “I COULD BE A KING” by The Dunwells

February 27, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song was originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on October 15, 2012!

I was first introduced to The Dunwells in the summer of 2012. I had listened to their music online and was then lucky enough to see them perform live at #AloftLife – the Live at Aloft Hotels Festival 2012 in Dallas in October 2012. I love this song – great lyrics and a great musical sound (I love the banjo!).
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The Dunwells are incredibly fun to watch perform live. They have amazing 5-part harmonies and just a casual, relaxed stage presence. I enjoy the sound of their music which is folksy, rootsy, and rock-inspired. The instruments are just a beautiful accompaniment to their voices, and I love the lyrics of their songs. They have been compared to the likes of Mumford & Sons and Crosby, Stills & Nash. When I first heard The Dunwells, Crosby, Stills & Nash came to my mind, I am sure mostly because of those amazing harmonies. The Boot (theboot.com), in an interview they conducted with them in January 2012, referred to their music as a “British spin on Americana music.”
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The Dunwells are from Yorkshire, England and were formed in 2009. The band features two Dunwell brothers (Joseph & David Dunwell), one of their childhood friends (Jonny Lamb), Lamb’s cousin (Rob Clayton), and another local artist from their town (David Hanson). It is no wonder that their on-stage chemistry just screams comfortable. I hope that you enjoy this song and exploring this band’s music if you are not yet familiar with them. A couple other songs worth checking out from their 2012 released Blind Sighted Faith album include: “So Beautiful,” “Blind Sighted Faith,” “Elizabeth,” and “Follow the Road.”