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Jul
09
Chip Dolan @ private

La Jolla, California, USA

La Jolla, California, USA

Jul
08
Chip Dolan @ private

La Jolla, California, USA

La Jolla, California, USA

Jun
24
Chip Dolan @ Anderson Faire

Houston, Texas, USA

Houston, Texas, USA

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“From the opening bars of the first tune, Chip Dolan had me hooked. The more I listen to RIGHT NOW, the more I want to listen.”

- JOAN KORNBLITH, 2006


“With 12 originals and a cover of Guy Clark's ‘Baton Rouge’, one can hear traces of The Grateful Dead, The Band, The Meters, and The Pogues side by side on an album that transcends the usual limitations of a sideman project. And, of course, it sounds great.” Rated 4 stars.

- JOHN CONQUEST, 2006


“It's about time someone came out with real song like this! What I like best is the full sound of a band like this. Different styles blended so well together. Dolan is a real songwriter with an ear for rhythm. Can't wait for the next album.” Rated 5 stars.

- PATRICK DAVIN, NYC, 2006


http://www.altcountry.nl/recensiesjan06.html

CHIP DOLAN CD RIGHT NOW RATED 3 OUT OF 5 ‘HORSES’
by WWW.ALTCOUNTRY.NL

If you are in demand by artists such as Bruce and Charlie Robison, Elisa Gilkyson, Greg Trooper, Jimmy Lafave and Slaid Cleaves and many others, you are certainly no small fry.

For more than 20 years CHIP DOLAN has been active as a studio musician (song, guitar, piano, accordion) and as a producer; he has performed in his home state of Texas and on trips all over the world. It wasn't until this year that he got to do a solo project: namely the CD "RIGHT NOW" (NOAH BAMBOA RECORDS), which he recorded with a group consisting of MARVIN DYKHUIS (several different guitars, mandolin and bass), GEORGE REIFF (bass) and RICK RICHARDS (drums).

Already at first hearing, it becomes clear that Dolan has composed a disk with a variety of styles. For example, COUNT THE STARS sounds a little like Steely Dan, in BATON ROUGE there are Cajun influences, and RUMBULYAE sounds like an Irish drinking song. HOO HA is rock 'n roll, 30 MILES AWAY is jazz and RIGHT NOW is kind of western swing. Interspersed we hear a few nice love songs that remind us a little of James Taylor. This variety makes the disk somewhat inconsistent, but that may be the only criticism.

The CD was already completed when Dolan saw the images of Hurricane Katrina on CNN TV, just at the moment that the first levees broke. Later he heard a man tell the story that he saw his wife disappear in the waves without being able to help her. A number of evacuees from New Orleans stayed at his house for a while; only then did he realize what these people have to go through. It results in BUCKTOWN, which he sings together with CYRIL NEVILLE and RUTHIE FOSTER. An impressive number, full of hope. When the saints come marchin' in, we'll rise again, we'll rise again.

(PETER PLEYTE) RIGHT NOW is available from CDBABY.

Translation by NINA KOOIJ
- PETER PLEYTE, JAN 2006


Our Rating: 8 out of 10 Stars

There is something about singer/songwriter Chip Dolan (http://www.chipdolan.com) that reminds me of the '70s. Perhaps it is his voice, laid back and sunny as Jackson Browne's or any of the Eagles. Maybe it's the music, which is often driven by piano a la Billy Joel. Or his lyrics that echo the sun-baked storytelling of Jimmy Buffett, especially "Baton Rouge."

The '70s.

And to a generation that grew up on pop music during that era, Dolan should be their man. Call it easy listening if you will; it's simply melodic pop/rock, tastefully played and sung.

The pretty, acoustic "Count the Stars" could've been released in the early '70s, during the original heyday of the male singer/songwriter. When it hits the chorus, it's like you've entered a time machine, taking you back to the days when people actually harmonized in their songs.

"Paris," which should be played alongside P.M.'s "Moonlight Over Paris," and "Never Leave Alone" are two of the finest piano pieces here, grabbing the listener with subtle hooks.

On "Rumbulyae," Dolan dives into traditional Irish music, and it's so pleasing to the ears that it leaves you longing for more in the same direction.
- ADAM HARRINGTON


Chip Dolan
Right Now
Noah Bamboa Records

Singer/songwriter Chip Dolan is of a different stripe than contemporary male solo artists like John Mayer, who is often cloned. Dolan belongs to an older generation, one that is uninterested in vague lyrics or a self-consciously "hip" groove. There is a tropical rock flavor to some of Dolan's stuff that is reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett and his friend Bertie Higgins of "Key Largo" fame (remember him?).

Dolan's songs do not remind listeners of experiences as much as places. That he would have a track called "Baton Rouge" is not a shock. And then there's "Paris," which really takes you to that beloved city.

Since Billy Joel retired from pop over a decade ago, there has been a void in rock & roll that nobody has yet to fill. T! he kind of piano-laden storytelling that Joel did so effortlessly is nearly extinct now. The power of Joel's songs came as much from his words - his ability to tell tales - as it did in his empathetic vocal delivery and uncluttered arrangements.

If you're looking for postmodern irony, you won't find it here. But simple pleasures are abound so sit back and enjoy.

- KYRBY RAINE, FEB 2006


Discography

CHIP DOLAN Solo CD
RIGHT NOW - Noah Bamboa Records, 2006

CHIP DOLAN Songs Recorded by Other Artists:
'Song for the Journey' - Tish Hinojosa, Rounder Records
'Count the Stars' - Pete Masitti
'Carry Me Home' - Danny Britt, Red Dawg Records
‘Paris’ - Jon Emery
"Bucktown" Marcia Ball

Symphonic performances :
"Bucktown" Marcia Ball
"Song for the Journey" Tish Hinojosa

CHIP DOLAN has performed and recorded with:
Mavericks, Raul Malo Band, The Band of Heathens, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Tish Hinojosa, Slaid Cleaves, Charlie Robison, Sara Hickman, Peter Keane, Jack Ingram, Greg Trooper, Danny Britt, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Jeff Talmadge, Karen Abrahams, The Austin Lounge Lizards, Slim Richey, Susan Gibson, Chris Gage, Christine Albert, Paul Pearcy, Robyn Ludwick, Suzanne Smith, Ryan Turner, Iggy Vaughn, Jean Synodinos, Darcy Deaville, Karen Mal, Mandy Mercier, Edge City, Penny Jo Pullus, Libbi Bosworth, and many others

TELEVISION CREDITS

Grand Ole Opry with Bruce Robison, Nashville, TN, 2003
Grand Ole Opry with Bruce Robison, Nashville, TN, 2002
Austin City Limits with Charlie Robison, Austin, TX, 2001
Austin City Limits with Los Super 7, Austin, TX, 2000
Austin City Limits with Tish Hinojosa, Austin, TX, 2000
Latin Grammy Awards w/Dwight Yoakum+Tish Hinojosa 2000
Texas Connection, KLRU, Austin, TX, 1999

Prairie Home Companion w/Tish Hinojosa 2001
E-town 2001 with Tish Hinojosa & The Subdudes
Austin City Limits Festival with :
The Mavericks, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Sara Hickman

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Bio

Chip Dolan and Marvin Dykhuis have worked worked together for 14 years as sidemen for many Texas based artists....and together as a duo since 2001.
They've performed numerous times on: Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keilor, E-Town with Nick Forster, Swallow Hill in Denver, Mountain Stage in West Virginia, Austin City Limits and the Austin City Limits Festival, The White House in Washington DC, The Latin Grammy's in Los Angeles, Jazz Fest in New Orleans, with many symphonies around the United States, and have both toured Europe extensively.

Chip won the Austin Songwriters Group Songwriting competition in 2007 with his song "Paris". from his 2006 release "Right Now".

We play lively blues/folk/rock and country, depending on the crowd. We also perform in quiet listening rooms and many house concerts. Collectively we've recorded on or produced more than 100 CD's
including BRUCE ROBISON, CHARLIE ROBISON, KELLY WILLIS, THE MAVERICKS, THE BAND OF HEATHENS, TISH HINOJOSA, SHELLEY KING, GREG TROOPER, ELIZA GILKYSON, JIMMY LAFAVE, SARA HICKMAN,SLAID CLEAVES, KAREN MAL, KAREN ABRAHAMS, DANNY BRITT, and a long list of others.

Chip comes from Newton, New Jersey, and specializes in New Orleans style boogie-woogie piano and Irish flavored ballads

Marvin Dykhuis comes from Racine, Wisconsin, leader of a hugely popular band "Marvin and the Dogs"
He specializes in Blues, Folk Rock, and Country

Chip and Marvin both moved to Texas in the 80's