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Chris Stills & Dawn Landes

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Chris Stills & Dawn Landes

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Philadelphia, PA 19127

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Chris Still & Dawn Landes

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No matter how much life twists and turns, it always brings us where we’re meant to be…

That’s definitely the case with Chris Stills.

After many successful years overseas in France, Chris turned his attention back to LA to focus on fatherhood and strengthening the bond he shares with his two daughters. Getting back to his musical roots, Chris reconnected with that “California kid who loves Leon Russell and Tom Petty”. Ten years in the making, and a rollercoaster of experiences snowballed into his independent third fulllength album, Don’t Be Afraid.

“There was a lot of life that had to happen,” he exclaims. “A lot of things had to go right for this record to see the light of day. For as much as there’s a slight embarrassment in regards to how long it took, I can’t knock myself, because I went through quite a bit. Like anybody else, I’ve had my ups and downs in this business and personally as well, but I never stopped doing what I do. Some

stars just needed to align. The songs themselves are an honest chronicle from various moments of my journey to now. When I came back from France, I needed to be as present as possible for my kids while going through a divorce. When that dust finally settled, I went to the studio. Once I did, I got back to who I am.”

So who is Chris Stills?

For starters, he’s a celebrated troubadour with two fan favorite albums—100 Year Thing [1998] and Chris Stills [2006]—under his belt. Moreover, he’s a road dog who’s shared stages with everyone from Richard Ashcroft, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Ryan Adams, Shelby Lynn, and Paul Weller

to Smashing Pumpkins and Gov’t Mule. He’s also a sought-after presence in film and television whose songs have featured in multiple movies and shows. He even appeared as a regular co-star for 2 seasons in Showtime’s Shameless. In addition, he contributed “Live To Live” to American Hustle and most recently sang the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” in the 2018 Oscar® winning movie I, Tonya. As an actor, he took on the role of Julius Caesar in the topgrossing French musical Cleopatra-The Last Queen of Egypt. He also starred in the French film Requiem for a Killer opposite Melanie Laurent, Tcheky Karyo and Clovis Corniac. Elle magazine

praised him as, “Sublime... a revelation.” As a philanthropist, he’s the co-producer and musical director for “Light Up the Blues”—an annual concert to benefit Autism Speaks. Every side of Stills shines through Don’t Be Afraid.

Working intermittently with producers and sometimes bandmates Zac Rae (Death Cab for Cutie) and Dan Burns (Grammy Nominated and 3 time Juno Award winner), the vision for what would become Don’t Be Afraid came into focus as they helped Chris sort through demos he recorded as early as 2013. Threading together Americana-style storytelling, rock ‘n’ roll energy, pop panache, and classic grit, it reasserted Stills’ identity.

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Through four full-length albums, Dawn Landes has blazed her own path with songs that are as fresh as they are timeless. Still, there’s no mistaking that strains of Nashville reside in her voice and in her musical soul, and now, with her fifth album, Landes is finally bringing them to center stage.

“Meet Me At The River” is Landes’ self-described “Nashville record,” and she has

assured its pedigree by enlisting the production skills of Fred Foster, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who played a pivotal role in the careers of Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, and Kris Kristofferson.

Two years ago, Landes reached out to Foster, and a four-hour visit to his Nashville

home convinced both they were musical kindred spirits. With roots in both Louisville,

Kentucky, and Branson, Missouri, Landes has been attracting ardent fans and critical

acclaim since entering New York’s music scene in 2000. Along the way, she has

collaborated with such contemporaries as Sufjan Stevens, Justin Townes Earle, and

Norah Jones, creating music for albums, movies, and television that crosses folk, rock, and alternative genres.

To develop the album together, Landes and Foster underwent a months-long process of what Foster calls “wood-shedding” – hours of listening to music, discussing ideas, and finetuning lyrics.

Ten songs written or co-written by Landes made the cut, offering a range of musical

moods and attitudes. “How to Say ‘I Love You’” and “I Don’t Dance” (a duet with Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare) show off Landes’ light touch with melody and lyrics, while “Wind and Rain” and “Southern Girl” are searing testimonies to heartbreak. Landes takes inspiration from classic country themes with “Why They Name Whiskey After Men,” “Traveling,” and “Old Memories.” For the title track, “Meet Me at the River,” Landes expresses wistful longings; she takes on eternal questions with the simple, and simply exquisite, “What Will I Do?” With “Keep on Moving,” she embraces the tradition of music as political expression. Rounding out the album are two songs written by Jimmy Driftwood, the late American folk singer-songwriter and activist whom Foster produced in the 1960s.

Foster and sound engineer Kyle Lehning oversaw the two series of recording sessions,

held six months apart, and drew in the cream of Nashville’s studio musicians to

collaborate. The result is an album that brims with Nashville authenticity, while at the

same time shining the spotlight on Landes’ own authentic voice.

Originally determined to simply make a “Nashville record,” Landes has since moved to

the city and become a part of its music scene. She’s now eager to share the new album, “Meet Me at the River”.

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Chris Stills & Dawn Landes

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