In the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley lies Dogwood Tales, a duo of friends who got their start playing music together in pop-punk bands back in high school, but found themselves drawn to a more folksy, roots-oriented sound. Benjamin Ryan and Kyle Grim recorded their debut album, Too Hard To Tell, on two-inch analogue tape at the Fidelitorium in North Carolina, where other alt-country/Americana acts like Wilco, Mandolin Orange, and The Avett Brothers have recorded.
Today, we’re happy to premiere the album’s lead single, “Waiting on the Sun.” This single, like the album’s other songs, encompasses some of the spiritual sounds commonly heard in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The lyrics stem from the duo’s love of literature, particularly from the Southern Gothic era, as well as life and death in the rural areas of America.
Fans of Mandolin Orange, Pokey LaFarge and Gillian Welch will find themselves drawn to Dogwood Tales and their music.
Too Hard To Tell will be released on Feb. 22. A limited run of vinyl records will be available at their upcoming shows, as well as CDs, cassettes and on digital platforms via their online store.
You can catch the band on tour on the following dates:
February 15 — Philadelphia, PA @ LAVA Space
February 16 — Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Brewery
February 17 — New York City, NJ @ Cape House
February 22 — Harrisonburg, VA @ Golden Pony
February 23 — Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
February 24 — Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
February 25 — Winchester, VA @ Bright Box
February 27 — Nashville, TN @ Basement
February 27 — Nashville, TN @ Two Spot
February 28 — Nashville, TN @ Radio Cafe
March 1 — Knoxville, TN @ WDVX Blue Plate Special (Live On-Air)
March 1 — Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
March 2 — Asheville, NC @ Burger Bar
March 3 — Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s