Dawn Landes

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Dawn Landes
Landes performing in 2015 at the Chicago City Winery
Landes performing in 2015 at the Chicago City Winery
Background information
Born (1980-12-05) December 5, 1980 (age 41)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresFolk, Rock, Pop,[1] Country[2]
  • Singer-songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • glockenspiel player
  • sound engineer
  • record producer[3]
Instrument(s)Guitar, vocals, glockenspiel

Dawn Landes (born December 5, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She is originally from around Louisville, Kentucky but spent many years living and performing in Brooklyn, New York. As a recording artist she has released five full-length albums: dawn's music (2005), Fireproof (2008), Sweetheart Rodeo (2010), Bluebird (2014) and Meet Me At The River (2018) as well as five EPs: Straight Lines (2006), Two Three Four (2006), Mal Habillée (2012), Covers EP (2014) and Desert Songs (2015).[1] In support of her releases, Landes has toured extensively in the US, Europe and around the world, often sharing the stage with artists such as Ray Lamontagne, Feist, Andrew Bird, José González, The Weakerthans, Midlake, Suzanne Vega, and Sufjan Stevens.[4]

As an instrumentalist, she has toured as part of New York City American roots music band Hem. and Sufjan Stevens' touring band (2015-2016). A producer and engineer, she worked at Stratosphere Sound in New York City and at Philip Glass' own personal recording studio. In 2007 Landes helped found Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated with contemporaries like Justin Townes Earle, Will Oldham and Josh Ritter in the studio.[5] Her songs have been featured in popular films and TV shows, including The Good Wife, Bored to Death, Skins, House, Gossip Girl and United States of Tara. She composed original scores for two feature films Blackbird and Familiar Strangers and wrote the end credit song for Savage Grace starring Julianne Moore.[6] Landes has appeared with The American Songbook Series, Boston Pops, TED and in 2012 with the NYC Ballet at the Lincoln Center for the Benjamin Millepied ballet "Two Hearts" singing a ballad entitled "The Brown Girl" as part of composer Nico Muhly's score.[7]

In June 2012, she released Mal Habillée, a collection of original French songs in the style of Ye-Ye. It features guest vocals by Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and an interactive ebook with illustrations by the artist Danica Novgorodoff to accompany the text.[8] In February 2014, she released Bluebird which features guest appearances by Norah Jones and others Bluebird won the 2015 14th Annual Independent Music Awards for '"Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year".

On October 2, 2020, Landes released her latest album, ROW, featuring the music from the upcoming musical of the same name, written with book-writer Daniel Goldstein, under commission from New York Voices. The album project began with a Ted Talk Landes presented in 2015 on the musical's subject, transatlantic rower, Tori Murden McClure.[9] The album features Will Oldham, Rachel Grimes, and Ben Sollee. The show was originally set to premiere in the summer of 2020 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10] The Williamstown Theatre Festival announced a partnership with Audible to release all seven of the productions originally expected to be performed during the 2020 festival.[10]

Landes also performs as a member of all-girl trio The Bandana Splits.[11] Landes was once married to musician Josh Ritter, with whom she also toured.[12] She is now married to songwriter and musician Creighton Irons, with whom she has a daughter, Callan.[13]


  • dawn's music (2005)
  • Fireproof (2008)
  • Sweetheart Rodeo (2010)
  • Bluebird (2014)
  • Meet Me at the River (2018)
  • ROW (2020)

Songs in other media[edit]

Landes on stage accompanied by Justin Townes Earle in Nashville, Tennessee in 2010
  • Two of her songs, "Kissing Song" and "You Alone", are featured in the 2005 film Winter Passing. "Kissing Song" was played during the ending credit.[6]
  • She also contributed a song (Lullaby for Tony) for the closing credits of the 2007 film Savage Grace.[6]
  • The song "Straight Lines" was used in an episode of the Showtime series United States of Tara. It was also used in a commercial for the Chrysler Town and Country.[14]
  • "Straight Lines" was also used in a television advertisement for Transport for London in the UK.[15]
  • "Straight Lines" was also used at the end of the documental "When Harry Left Hogwarts" released as special feature in the Blu-ray version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.[6]
  • The song "Drive" was used in the "Under My Skin" episode of the fifth season of the Fox series House M.D.[6]
  • The hidden track "Won't Back Down", a cover of Tom Petty, was used for a Human Rights Campaign video supporting the repeal of Proposition 8.[16]
  • The track "Toy Piano" from the album Fireproof was used in an episode of Californication and Bored to Death.[6]
  • The track "Twilight" from the album Fireproof was used as incidental music in an episode of Holby City.[17]
  • The track "Mud and Stars" was used in the fifth episode of the Australian mini-series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.[18]
  • "All Dressed in White" was used in the series four premiere of Skins.[19]
  • Landes has scored two feature films, Blackbird (2007) and Familiar Strangers (2008).[6]
  • The song "Home" was featured on the CBS series The Good Wife.[20]


Landes in September 2014, posing in Chicago after the debut concert of Bryan Ferry's North American stop of his World Tour 2014, for which she was the special guest (opening act)
  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Biography: Dawn Landes". AMG. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Freeman, Jon (August 8, 2018). "Dawn Landes Talks New Album, Nashville Producer Fred Foster". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Credits: Dawn Landes". AMG. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  4. ^ "Dawn Landes". Festival Searcher. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Dollar, Steve (March 21, 2011). "Rocking Near the F Train". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Dawn Landes – IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  7. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn. "Two Heads Work Together for Multiple Feet". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  8. ^ "Dawn Landes, Mal Habillée". Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "Dawn Landes: A song for my hero, the woman who rowed into a hurricane". Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Dawn Landes Releases New Album "ROW"".
  11. ^ Murray, Robin. "Introducing... The Bandana Splits". Clash Music. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  12. ^ "Literate songwriter Josh Ritter finds time for fans". Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". creightonirons.com. Archived from the original on March 28, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Rickman, James. "No Bull". ASCAP. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  15. ^ "London Transport". YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  16. ^ HRCmedia on YouTube
  17. ^ "BBC One – Holby City, Series 12, Episode 37 of 55". BBC One. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  18. ^ "Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities". Archived from the original on March 2, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  19. ^ "Skins Season 4 Episode 1: Thomas". Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  20. ^ "Dawn Landes Song "Home" in The Good Wife". saltlands.wordpress.com. Saltlands. April 19, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014.

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