Dylan Lancaster

Hill Stage

Dylan Lancaster writes songs.

His songs remind you that rock is, at its most pure and basic, just a person and a guitar, a story and some questions. He cut his teeth in Kalamazoo, where he played in country-rock bands alongside local punk outfits, listened to Springsteen records on repeat, and lived across the street from a graveyard. Now he's in Nashville, singing in dive-y karaoke bars and penning songs that sound like elegies for a past self, scribbled somewhere between the dusty tales of Outlaw Country and the searing uplift of a Neil Young guitar solo.

His debut EP "Songs for Cosmo," is a kind of patchwork of 60s American poetry, faded record store finds, and sharp guitar playing. It's the sound of a songwriter wading through his wide influences, taking what he needs, fashioning what he can't find.

But what's important in all this—what's pure and basic—is that Dylan Lancaster writes songs.

SEPT. 15-17 2017


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