Watch Dawes Cover Billy Joel’s ‘Big Shot’
The Long Island, N.Y. town of Hicksville is 130 miles away from the Philadelphia suburb of Camden, N.J., but for the members of Dawes it was close enough. Last night (Aug. 7), they covered Billy Joel's 'Big Shot' during the encore of their set at the XPoNential Music Festival, which is sponsored by public radio's WXPN. You can watch the video above.
As is often the case when Dawes performs other artists' material, frontman Taylor Goldsmith handed lead vocal duties over to his younger brother Griffin, who is also the band's drummer. The second guitarist is Duane Betts, the son of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts, who joined their touring band back in May.
The Los Angeles-based group have regularly indulged their classic rock influences in concert. Midway through the set, they broke into a version of the Waterboys' "Fisherman's Blues." On previous tours, they've performed Paul Simon's "Kodakchrome" and Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money."
The popular indie folk-rock band has often been described as crossing Jackson Browne's existential songwriting with the harmonies of the Band. Earlier in their career, they served as the backing band for both Browne and Band songwriter Robbie Robertson.
Dawes are currently touring behind their fourth album, All Your Favorite Bands, which was released back in June to largely positive reviews. It peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard 200.
"Big Shot" was the second single and opening track from Billy Joel's 1978 album, 52nd Street, which was the first of Joel's four No. 1 albums. The song reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped 52nd Street sell 7 million copies.
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