Dolly Varden has been making music for almost two decades but its latest release explores how quickly that time has passed. The band is built around the heartfelt singing and songwriting of husband and wife Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, the melodic and soulful guitar and lap steel playing of Mark Balletto, and the solid rhythm section of Matt Thobe on drums and Mike Bradburn on bass. Remarkably the line-up has stayed the same through 18 years, six critically-acclaimed albums, and well-received shows all over the USA and Europe.
“For A While” finds the group taking stock of its experiences and travels with a dozen songs crafted and recorded in Chicago. From the opening cinematic snapshot of “Del Mar, 1976”, the rocking “Done (Done)”, the dream-inspired “Mayfly”, and the wistful title track the listener is taken on a complete journey of sonic adventure and haunting lyrical reminisces.
Rebecca Jasso started playing guitar at the age of 10. Since then, her aim has been to write the best songs she can. She studied classical guitar throughout high school, until she quit formal lessons and began to focus on her original tunes. For many years she performed solo as a singer/songwriter, but before long found herself leading a rock band, and more lately, an original soul band.
Now you will hear her mostly solo, performing songs of love and heartbreak. A visual artist, Rebecca paints pictures with words and plays rhythmic, colorful progressions.