Devin Dawson Live at Windy City Smokeout

Photos © 2019 by: Frank Griseta

Photos © 2019 by: Frank Griseta

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Biography: Warner Music Nashville / Atlantic Records artist Devin Dawson is not your typical country artist. His look is dark and bold. His sound is sleek and raw. He has a knack for writing razor sharp stories that cut straight to the heart, full of detail and clever turns of phrase. And his songs speak the language of a new generation. Dawson is an edgy study in contrast, poised as the next bolt of lightning to hit country’s family tree.

His approach to music is not different on purpose, it’s different with purpose. Twenty-eight years old and from Orangevale, California, Dawson grew up just outside the gates of Folsom Prison. He heard the sirens at night, and sang along to Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Arriving in Nashville in 2012, he put his unique skills to use authoring songs for other artists.

When it came time to put together his own debut album, he teamed with equally daring producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne). Having co-written every track, the result is a mix of organic roots and high-voltage country, full of romance and delivered with a distinctive saw-toothed vocal. As he gets ready to join Maren Morris’ Hero Tour this year, Dawson is already establishing a reputation in Nashville as one of the most exciting modern singer-songwriters the format has ever seen.

About Windy City Smokeout: DIFFERENT PARKING LOT, SAME PARTY! Windy City Smokeout moves to Chicago’s iconic United Center for its 7th year! Windy City Smokeout, the nation’s premier outdoor BBQ and country music festival, will be held the weekend of July 12-14, 2019.

ACM award-winning promoter and Windy City Smokeout co-founder, Ed Warm, handpicked the music lineup of award-winning artists and rising stars which include GRAMMY-nominated Chris Young, 2018 ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year winner Old Dominion and Platinum-selling artist, Cole Swindell. The full list of country music acts are:

Chris Young
Eli Young Band
Jessie James Decker
Jimmie Allen
Muscadine Bloodline

Old Dominion
Devin Dawson
Hannah Ellis
Taylor Edwards
Conner Smith

Cole Swindell
Jordan Davis
Ashley McBryde
Parker McCollum
Bailey Bryan
Kylie Frey



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