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DAWN / Bio

This all started back in Siloam Springs AR. John Brown University. Phil was going to school there and met up with another music minded fellow, his room-mate Darren Ingram. Darren played piano and Phil played guitar and they both had ideas for songs and loved rock and roll. Darren had a song he had been working on that he though would sound better on guitar, so Phil worked out some cool riffs and played it and wrote 2 more verses for it for a total of 4, it was the song Can't Wait. By graduation, Phil had recruited a drummer Andy Wagner and a bass player David Underwood and another guitarist Amos Long to play with him. They were busy jamming and learning a few cover songs, like Mr Crowley and Rainbow In The Dark along with the 3 songs that Phil wrote that year. We recorded one song for a project to be the background for a video sent to the troops in Iraq, this was the instrumental that came to be known as Jenny II.

Arriving in Tucson, Phil met new musicians at work at the local Rock radio station KGMS. Mark Baker who worked overnights was a bass player who heard my 4 track I recorded at a friends apartment down at UofA and wanted to join up with me because he hadn't heard any songs that good. I also got a fellow DJ who did the morning drive time James Flanders to lay down some lead guitar on the first recording I did. I was using my Korg DDD-1 drum machine and the adding some live drums afterword for that first studio recording which was the son 'Fight' it was a poem written by my girlfriend Jen Hoffman and she thought it would be a great song, I wrote the guitar licks and it took off from there. By the time I had done the final mix-down it was a screaming 90's rocker that many thought sounded like the band Idle Cure. After that recording I finally found a drummer in Cris Montgomery, then I needed a 2nd guitar, as James moved to Texas. I recruited a friend of mine from church Ron who had been playing for years, but never in front of anyone. He also provided good background vocals.I finally found a lead singer in Stephanie DeLuca who could hit every note that Pat Benatar could. At this time we tried to get a full album of songs written and played anyplace that would have us, I had another lead guitarist for a while Sam Herrera and linked with his band Sinister Groove and learned a bunch from the leader of that group who became my friend also, Trevor.

We changed bass players twice in those years, Rob. and Joe. We also picked up a new drummer Brian. We toured all over Southern Arizona in support of the album, got played on 96 Rock in Tucson and KUPD in Phoenix. Also got picked up by a couple of Mexican radio stations and one in Sweden and one in Australia.

Started working on recording some new songs, moved to Phoenix and we had another new lineup. JR on bass, Nicole on the Drums, Tim and Phil on guitars, with Phil doing the vocals. Had some help from Kevin from the band Paradox Engine lay down some solos for a couple of the new songs in my home studio. Played a couple of shows, the most significant was at Alice Cooper's Town. Phil moved back to Tucson and got married, so the band has been on hiatus for a while. Now we are gearing up to finish recording the new album with new players, Tony on drums and Phil playing bass and guitar. We now have a complete band after finding Mark Baker our original bass player. We picked up a singer Shawndi Griffith but as of Now we have gone through more changes. We now have Frank Raynor Jr. on bass and a part-time singer Sara Dorsett. And change happens again, we now have Danielle Dodge on vocals. Working on getting the new sounds and songs recorded now. Still working on members, need a committed bass player and drummer. As you can see we have national distribution of the remastered album with the original title track dug up and re-recorded on it.

General Info

Band Members
Phil Stairs, Carlos Lopez, Tony Cale and Danielle Dodge
Artist Name
DAWN
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/dawnrocks
Active Since
06/91
Genres
Rock / Rock / Hard Rock

Contact Info

Location
Tucson, AZ

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