Writing his first song aged 9, Stockport-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Jack B Dawson grew up experimenting with every instrument his music-tutor father could get his hands on. Now, after years of adamantly teaching himself the guitar and crafting graceful mellow indie tunes, his music has featured on the likes of BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio.
His alt indie sounds are inspired by those of Arctic Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets and Catfish and the Bottlemen, but his profound lyrics are his speciality. An English degree and deep love for the workings of Dr John Cooper Clark and Alex Turner has helped Jack form his own intricate lyricisms which RGM has referred to as “golden” and “inspiring”.
The 23-year-old released his debut EP Lubo in September 2017, and features the BBC Introducing selected ‘Merry Go Round’. Despite being born from the sombre subject of heartbreak, the 4-track collection is packed with beautiful acoustic melodies to contrast. Michelle Hussey of BBC Introducing called his music “timeless”, while others such as City Life agreed the EP as a whole “provide[s] new unexpected rewards with every repeat listen”. Check out his live performance of Lubo track ‘Learn To Love’ live at BBC Introducing Manchester here [https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05vflhm]!
Following on from this success, he released the euphoric single ‘Don’t Wait Up’ in February 2019, recorded by Joel Patchett (The Orielles) and mixed/mastered by Jim Spencer (Johnny Marr, The Charlatans). Discussing the difficulties of ending a relationship in the track, Jack said "If I could describe this song in one word it would be 'fantasy'. It's about getting away from it all and perhaps finding a little part of yourself along the way." 2019’s final offering, the jaunty ‘Mexican Scar’ continues to tell personal tales of Jack’s past, using a scar obtained from a childhood holiday incident as a metaphor for the scars engraved in our memories by those we want to forget. Featuring his best production yet (achieved by Andrew Raphael), RGM called it “bright and breezy and easy on the ears”.
Jack’s live repertoire already includes notable slots around Manchester. Making appearances at shows curated by Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio), as well as having supported Clint Boon and Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), he’s certainly learning from the best. Check out his upcoming live shows here [https://www.jackbdawson.co.uk/shows].
Stay tuned as 2020 promises more from the rising artist. Jack’s soon set to go back into Stockport’s Eve Studio to record an alternative version on his breakthrough hit ‘Merry Go Round’, including an exciting line-up of featured artists to be announced…