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Dawson Rutledge is a solo singer-songwriter, musician, and performer from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada.  In 2015, he was awarded the top male musician scholarship by his high school and a District/Authority Scholarship by the Ministry of Education for his exceptional musical ability. Dawson’s very first performance of an original song, Mysterious Woman, was in June of 2015 at the Key City Theatre. He has hardly taken a breath since, staying very busy performing, recording and writing a multitude of original songs. Dawson Rutledge has quickly become “…one of the most talked about musicians to come from this city.” (Kootenay News Advertiser August 2016)

His self-released debut album, titled Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, which features eight of his folk/alternative songs, has received radio play nationwide, with multiple chart appearances and positive reviews.  Mysterious Woman achieved Top 10 in CBC Music Searchlight 2016 for the Interior & Northern BC Region, with top voting accolades.

Dawson’s style of performing is extremely entertaining, accompanying himself with a kick-drum and a tambourine set-up at his feet. His style has been compared to that of artist Shakey Graves.  He sings with a beautiful unique tone, and alternates between his acoustic and electric guitars.  Dawson has been playing guitar since the age of 10 and started singing in choirs at the age of 8, but truly found his passion to be a singer-songwriter during his senior year of high school. He now has dozens of original songs to his credit.  His powerful and captivating stage presence developed through many years of music and acting performances.

Dawson has performed at a wide variety of venues, ranging from art galleries to large capacity theatres.  His resume also includes local festivals, as well as festivals in Arizona and New Jersey. He has been given the opportunity to open for many well-known artists, including Fred Penner, Tiller’s Folly, Lion Bear Fox and Barney Bentall.

Dawson Rutledge’s music is available to download/purchase on iTunes and Bandcamp.

 

 

PRESS QUOTES

 

"...one of the most talked about musicians to come from this city."
KOOTENAY NEWS ADVERTISER -- August 30, 2016
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"...oozing confidence on stage, he is a natural born entertainer."
EAST KOOTENAY ON-LINE WEEKLY - e-know.ca (Ian Cobb) -- May 5, 2016
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"Dawson Rutledge, holding down the popular vote, leads a cast of 10 acts from Interior
and Northern B.C. heading into round two."
"Cranbrook Performer a Searchlight Favourite"
East Kootenay News Online Weekly (e-know.ca) -- April 25, 2016
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"Rutledge is certainly a dynamic and riveting performer to watch."
"Dawson Rutledge in Searchlight Spotlight"
The Townsman -- April 14, 2016
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"With a wealth of talent already at his fingertips...a sensational voice and a way of viewing the world unique
and well-seasoned beyond his young 18 years...it's already something magical."
-- PIPESTONE FLYER - BLACK PRESS (Amelia Naismith) -- March 23, 2016
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"I was frankly shocked that music this subtle and lived in came from somebody so young..... Today, Tonight, Tomorrow
also has a Lo-Fi, homemade feel to it that just makes it that much more enjoyable to listen to."
-- GONZO ONLINE (John The Rock Doctor Kereiff) - March 7, 2016
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"'Mysterious Woman' is the second track, and it’s the track that had me entranced. I couldn’t help sing along, and the beat captivated me from the beginning......Dawson seems to know just the right amount of each genre to mix into his music to create an irresistible sound that could easily appeal to many listeners. From the beginning to the very end, I was thoroughly entertained. This offering is one that will have no problem garnering interest in Dawson, and I am stoked to hear much more from this young Canadian artist."
-- CANADIAN BEATS (Review by Jenna Melanson) - February 25, 2016
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-- Featured in New Faces Segment of Music Express Magazine --
"'Mysterious Woman' received positive enough reviews to suggest Rutledge is definitely a talent in the making."
-- MUSIC EXPRESS (Keith Sharp) - Feb 23, 2016
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"Atlantic Seabreeze gives this album very good ratings and foresees a very bright future with his music career"
-- ATLANTIC SEABREEZE (John Gavin) - February 10, 2016
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Charts

 

June 26, 2016
CiBL 101.5 FM in Montreal -- "Today, Tonight, Tomorrow" album holding at #5 again this week
remaining on the Country/Folk chart for a 5th consecutive week
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June 19, 2016
CIBL 101.5 FM in Montreal - "Today, Tonight, Tomorrow" album charted at #5 on Country/Folk Chart
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June 12, 2016
CIBL 101.5 FM in Montreal - "Today, Tonight, Tomorrow" album rose to #6 on Country/Folk Chart
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June 5, 2016
CIBL 101.5 FM in Montreal - "Today, Tonight, Tomorrow" album went to #8 on Country/Folk Chart
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May 29, 2016
CIBL 101.5 FM in Montreal - "Today, Tonight, Tomorrow" album charting at #10 on Country/Folk Chart
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April 26, 2016
Album charted at CFBX 92.5 FM - The X - Kamloops - #8 on the Folk/Roots/Blues chart
-- !earshot (EARSHOT-ONLINE.COM)
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April 12, 2016
Album charted at CFBX 92.5 FM - The X - Kamloops, at #8 on the Folk/Roots/Blues chart
-- !earshot (EARSHOT-ONLINE.COM)
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March 1, 2016
Album charted at CHSR 97.9 in Fredericton, deputing at #20 on Top 30 albums
-- !earshot (EARSHOT-ONLINE.COM)
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Contact INFO

- Dawson Rutledge
-  250-919-9710