Well, for all of you who have been waiting awhile for Dawson
to release some new material, your wait is over. He has put
together a "shopping cart" (pun intended when you see the artwork)
of songs in a brand new CD, "More In Store". This CD features 6
previously unreleased studio tracks, 6 older songs that were released on
earlier CDs that are currently out of print, and 3 live tracks from an
hour-long outdoor concert at Waterworks Park Amphitheatre in Vancouver, Washington back on 06-29-2002.
From the opening song of "No Need to Worry" with its DMBesque sax and
guitar work to the live Americana of "Before the Sun Sets", the songs on
this CD offer encouragement and hope for those who may be struggling in life.
Many of the songs showcase Dawson's storytelling style like "Parable", which
is a story of redemption following the biblical parable of the prodigal son
to "Your Face", a wedding song he wrote for a friend about how dazed he
felt the first time he saw his wife's face.
This is Dawson's 10th full-length release since 1999's "Swirling Waters Tug", and
it delivers something for everyone. The shopping cart metaphor truly applies to
not only the variety of songs, but the genres, instrumentation, and emotions each
evoke as well. If you enjoy finely crafted lyrics delivered with an honest passion
and backed up by stunning acoustic guitar work then you owe it to yourself to check
out this CD. Fans of Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and Bebo Norman will not be disappointed.
Besides writing and performing the songs on this CD, Dawson also did the graphic
design work for the packaging. When he isn't busy singing he also does design work
for many other artists from the Pacific Northwest to Australia. If you look closely
at the cover you will notice that a copy of the CD you are holding is already in the
picture sitting in the shopping cart. Of course since that itself is the cover artwork
it generates the illusion that there are an infinite number of copies of the CD repeating.
Lyrics are included in the booklet for those of you who like to read along while listening.