Dovekins is not just any folk band from Denver, CO. They are a five piece folk band with unlimited creativity and talent on banjo, guitar, accordion, piano, upright bass, percussion, flute, trombone, trumpet, and mandolin to name a few. With a solid rhythm section, dialed in harmonies, and great music all around, their live show is a must-see. From experience, you will be captivated by the level of musicianship and creativity that this band brings to the stage. I saw them just last week at The Basement (below the infamous Grimey’s new and pre-loved music store) in Nashville, TN. I also recommend checking out the record store, if you ever step foot in Nashville. Check out this live video of Dovekins performing “More Charlie More!”:
As you can see, this is no ordinary folk band. Their websites boast of an elaborate sailing story that brought the band together, but Dovekins really did form following a sailing trip gone awry. It all started three years ago in Colorado when different music scenes from Fort Collins and Denver got together. The musicians were used to playing at their local venues, but were brought together when one shut down. New friendships formed and they soon ended up in Hawaii. They met a captain named Robin Lee Graham who needed a crew to help sail his boat called Dove from Honolulu to Seattle. Despite the repairs made to Dove before its departure, they had to turn back during their trip because of it’s condition. The band flew to Seattle, hitchhiked home, and started Dovekins with the songs they wrote in Honolulu. Let’s be glad that this adventure worked out however it did because it’s truly inspiring to watch these guys (and girl) in their art. From live set list changes, to jumping around on stage, you can tell that Dovekins is not only incredibly comfortable with their music, but they are also outstanding musicians and performers. Sit back, relax, and enjoy “The Dalles,” from their debut album “Assemble the Aviary.”
Their influences range from friends and hometown bands to established acts like Fleet Foxes and Dirty Projectors. They have released two albums, “Assemble the Aviary” and “(A)Live.” Their second and latest album “(A)Live” was recorded at The Fort Collins Tour De Fat 2010. There are some killer songs on both of these albums. You’ll find upbeat dancing songs like “The Dalles” and relaxing folk beauties like “Raining Buttons.” I definitely recommend that you buy them, if you haven’t already.
By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC