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Dawn Maracle

| Established. Jan 01, 2010

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Dawn Maracle @ The Edge of Town Saloon & Grill

Pflugerville, Texas, United States

Pflugerville, Texas, United States

Dawn Maracle @ Grumpy Grouper

Lakeway, Texas, United States

Lakeway, Texas, United States

Dawn Maracle @ The Edge of Town Saloon & Grill

Pflugerville, Texas, United States

Pflugerville, Texas, United States



Dawn Maracle
By Jason Daniel Baker

Dawn Maracle's long musical journey echoes that of countless musicians who took up playing professionally leaving themselves at the mercy of the countless bumps in the road along the way. She followed her heart musically crossing genres but also went where the work was in a career that spans four decades. She fondly recalls opening for both the Coasters and T.Graham Brown.

The memories aren't all good ones for this artist but the vast breadth of the experience tends to leave people with a better appreciation of themselves, what they have done, where they have been and where they might go with their creative muse next.

Starting out in bands in the mid-1970s in upstate New York she had mastered drums and bass but would come to embrace the front of the stage as a vocalist/guitarist. In the early 1980s she found success as one of the highest paid female singers on the hotel circuit in the state of New York.

A move to Southern California in 1986 led to Dawn finding an agent who booked her solo act on a tour that took her to Japan and after forming a power trio called 'The California Girls' toured Alaska. Her dozen year sojourn in California saw her play as a guitarist, bassist, and drummer in addition to her singing.

In the late 1980s after playing in bands like 'Cannonball Express' she began to explore country music forming the band 'Dawn Maracle and Daybreak' and was soon winning awards as a vocalist, guitarist and composer.

The success in the genre but a desire to continue performing rock and blues on the various instruments she has mastered led her to conclude that a move to Austin, Texas would serve her interests and she relocated there in 1998. The L.A. rock scene had deteriorated as club embraced hip-hop and DJs.

The Austin, Texas music scene offered such venerable clubs as Momo's, Antone's, the Saxon Pub and the Riverwalk amongst many others but its pull factor for musicians to congregate there is never lesser competition.

"Austin is certainly a very crowded pond indeed. So in order to be noticed you have to step up your game and get very very competitive and creative to set yourself apart. It is not just about getting a job like in other places I have been where I was so spoiled by the ability to get booked. Now I had to go above and beyond my usual marketing and booking strategies. I am a better songwriter, musician, business woman and marketing person than I was before thanks to Austin, Texas!"

Having composed one-hundred plus songs in various genres she has recently been signed to the Tate Music Group and is set to release a Christian-themed CD in 2012,


http://www.youtube.com/dawnmaracle - The National Conciousness

Watertown Daily Times (NY)

August 6, 1989
Author: Suzanne Frangia Times Staff Writer
Edition: St. Lawrence
Section: Entertainment
Page: D1
Estimated printed pages: 4
Article Text:

Fourteen years ago, she was performing a solo act in hotels.
In May, Dawn Maracle was named the 1989 Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Associations of America.
For the country-western singer, born in Malone and now living in Southern California, it has been a steady rise to the top - if not a bit of a shock.
In September 1988, the California Country Music Association nominated Miss Maracle as regional female vocalist of the year. "I thought, "How could they nominate me - I was only on the music scene (in Southern California) three months?' "
She beat the association's other nominees to win the regional competition, and then she competed for the state title in November and won, "which was even more of a shock. I was nine days away from having my son and I was as huge as a house. I was up on stage thinking, "Who's going to vote for me?' When they announced my name I couldn't move for a minute."
In May, at the Country Music Associations of America's Second Annual American Eagle Show, held in San Dimas, Calif., talent from 42 states was represented and Miss Maracle was, gratefully, "back to my figure."
At this final level, the field was pared down to Miss Maracle and four other singers, said Ralph T. Hicks, the organization's executive director.
"When I won, it was almost anticlimactic," said Miss Maracle. "I wondered, "What comes after this? And what will this do in terms of my career?' I guess I'm still waiting to find out."
She was born Dawn Michaud on June 1, 1955, in Malone, and lived in Potsdam until 1965, when her family moved to Syracuse. There she attended junior and senior high schools. Later, the family settled in Auburn, where they still make their home.
Miss Maracle said she was raised on country music, listening to the greats: Hank Williams Sr., Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline and the Everly Brothers.
Between 1975 and 1985, she played bass and a little lead guitar, and sang in her band, 75 RPM.
She also appeared on radio, television and stage across New York State, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, California, Alaska, Canada and in Osaka, Japan.
But the early days - performing in Sheratons, Holiday Inns and Hiltons - were good ones, Miss Maracle said.
"I remember them as great days. I got to live in the lap of luxury. I didn't have anybody else to worry about except myself, and my schedule was very flexible. Also, the money was great."
She was earning between $500 and $600 a week.
But she decided to move from her home base in Auburn in December 1985. "I never much cared for the weather. It always depressed me.
"Besides," she said, "I was at the top - hitting the ceiling - but there was nowhere to go. I was achieving the goals I went after and people seemed to like my music. But I wanted more than that."
She headed west - to California - with her boyfriend and her two daughters, arriving in the Golden State on New Year's Eve.
Though the relationship ended, Miss Maracle decided to stay on the west coast because "California was an open door for country-western singers."
In November 1987, her divorce from Russell N. Maracle was finalized, and her daughters, Tiffany V. Maracle, 9, and Haley B. Chitambar, 5, were touring with her. Shortly after her divorce, she married David L. Long, and had his son, Jared J. Long, now 9 months old.
Around the time of her divorce, Miss Maracle was singing with a three-piece rock band and decided to become more proficient on lead guitar.
"When I was doing the solo act I could occasionally do lead, but I really needed a band behind me. So I went to jam sessions and took my guitar with me," she said.
She now has a band, The Dawn Maracle Band, which features steel player Blackie Taylor, drummer Jerry Ranney, bassist Jimmy Lynn and Chet Atkins-style guitarist Christopher Landry.
"They're absolutely great guys - and so supportive of me," Miss Maracle said.
Nancy Rose, an "impeccable vocalist who can pick up harmonies very quickly," was recently added as a backup singer, she said.
"If they're not playing your songs right, it won't work and your breathing and singing will be off. But this band is super and their tempo is always right on," she said.
Miss Maracle performs original songs.
She said most of them are written very quickly - some take no longer than 15 minutes to compose. Most, however, are written in about two hours.
Her songs range in theme from people down on their luck and entangled in sad situations to lighthearted, humorous tales.
"I Just Want A Telephone" (1985) is about a young man involved in a troubled relationship. He enters a bar trying to find a telephone in hopes of talking to his girlfriend.
He meets with a variety of mishaps only to discover in the end that the pages have been ripped out of the phone book.
"Jailhouse Bound" (1987) is about a man who has landed in jail, yet he doesn't really understand the circumstances that put him there.
A lighter song, "Hardly Working" (1988), is about a person who works hard for hardly any money. But he fantasizes a dramatic change of events, in which his fortunes reverse and he acquires a mansion and limousine and all the other luxuries money can buy.
"She's equal, if not better, to the talent coming out of Nashville," Mr. Hicks said of Miss Maracle. "She's very, very talented and I'm sure she'll win many more awards and keep climbing the ladder."
Miss Maracle wants to keep climbing.
An album of original songs is "hanging in the balance," and a play based on the life of Patsy Cline, in which Miss Maracle would play the lead, is in the works.
B/W Photo Dawn Maracle, Country Music Associations of
America's 1989 Female Vocalist of the Year.
Copyright (c) 1989 Watertown Daily Times
Record Number: 8908030022 - Watertown Daily Times

Dawn Maracle may have moved away from Auburn 23 years ago,
but she took with her important lessons as she continued her career in music.
Maracle began performing in the band “75RPM” in 1975 as a bassist and vocalist.
"We became very popular in the area," Maracle said. “We played in Auburn, Baldwinsville,
Skaneateles, all over the area.” The band soon changed its name to “The Dawn Maracle Band,”
but the music remained the same. “We played a variety of styles, from rock and country to blues and pop,
Maracle said. She has also worked hard creating her own music. “My inspirations have been everything from
Led Zeppelin and The Who to Janice Joplin and Jefferson Airplane. I'm influenced a lot by the rock bands from the
'60s and'70s.” In her time in Auburn, from 1975 to 1986, Maracle played with with many other big names in the local
music scene. “I played with the Bandit Band after Joe Whiting went solo, I played with Dick Howard, Bob Bachta,
Wendell Packard, and so many others.” Maracle took to the road and continued to play all over the country, from
California to Austin, Texas, where she now lives. Despite the opportunities and success she has had,
there are things about central new york that she misses. "The snow and the cold I can do without,
but I miss the people and also the history." Maracle is currently performing a solo tour through
upstate New York. She is returning to Auburn on Aug. 1, headlining a benefit for a 16-year-old cancer patient.
“Its a very sad story, she went through rounds of treatment and the cancer came back,but she's tough and
holding on,"Maracle said. The character of Auburn residents that leads to these benefits is one thing Maracle misses
about the area. “Up in Auburn, everyone is close-knit. It isn't cliquish, its like everyone is a big extended family,” Maracle said.
“It may take a little while to get to know people, but when you do, you are part of that family and you have that support. I used to
perform in benefits all the time when I was in Auburn,but saddly in other places there just aren't that many benefit opportunities
offered to me personally.” This show isn't the last Auburn will see of Dawn Maracle, she assures.
“I love the people up here, and so many people I played with are still around.
We are working on getting together a few of the local music heroes for a couple gigs,
myself, Bob Bachta, Jimmy Dagnsi and Mike Skowran so, keep your eyes peeled!” - The Auburn Citizen

Dawn Maracle injects her alternative stylings with a spark of energy and a way of bending melody that stamps her distinct signature on her tunes. Catchy without sacrificing artistic credibility and shot through with songwriting savvy that speaks of innate talent and a dedication to the perfection of one's craft, Maracle's songs are road signs along the path to musical satisfaction.


“Music makes me feel invigorated and full of energy,” says Maracle, and it's plain to see – or hear – from the way her music shines along a sharp edge of finely honed sounds. Her music is full of the energy with which music itself inspires her, as though it was a gift that demanded to be passed on. And her music is as absorbing for fans as it is for her as the creator. “I get deeply engrossed with passion when performing any music,” she declares, and it's a passion that qualifies as benevolent contagion without cure – and who would want a cure?


For Maracle, though, the credit doesn't rest with her. She views herself as a messenger of sorts. Music is a present with which she was bequeathed and her duty as an artist is to shape it into pleasing sounds and share it with others. And such she does gladly. “Music is a gift from God and if you are blessed with a talent, you should be honest and respect that.” Maracle hit the ground running with her talent. She's devoted to her music and writes and plays with an unquenchable enthusiasm. “Take it as far as you can and never take it for granted.”

The Artist at Work

Maracle has proven her worth as a musician many times over. She's been awarded the National Female Vocalist of the Year Award two different times from the CMAA, which also declared her tune “Hardly Working” the song of the year in 1990. She has also been declared one of the Phenomenal Women of the Web. A slew of nominations have also graced her career, including nods for guitar, keyboard, bass, songwriting, drumming, fiddle and more. She's in the Who's Who of American Women, Biltmore’s Who’s Who as well as the Who's Who Historical Society. Artists with whom she has shared the stage include T. Grahm Brown and The Coasters. Maracle is busy playing, working on children's programming voiceovers, writing and recording. The summer of 2008 will see the release of a new CD. She's working with A&R Select, the world's leading artist development firm, based out of Los Angeles, CA.

“Dawn Maracle leaves thoughts in your heart and melodies in your head.” - A&R Select - A&R Select

Finally, super guitarist Dawn Maracle will be talking about her life in music and how she is the real person from Meryl Streeps latest movie. - blog talk radio



2004 - Have Guitar Will Travel
(the acoustic demo CD)
not for sale

Stairway to Heaven
The Buttercup
Mangy old Dog
Black Velvet
Good Luck Bad Luck
Go to Hell
Trusting You

2006 – Beautiful Child
(never Released)

Beautiful Child
14 days and 14 Nights
Two People
Suffer Me Not
What is the Matter
Long Gone
Not What I Needed
Dancing with Strangers
I Don’t think I Love You Anymore
Texas Luck
Stop Look and Listen
I Just Wanna Know
I’m a Woman
I’m Glad it’s You

2008 – Have You Heard
(available on CD Baby,iTunes,Rhaspsody}

Good Luck Bad Luck
The Buttercup
Fly Away
Go to Hell

2014 - Believe
It's So Easy
Let Go Let God
No Excuse
Tragic Angel
Trusting You
Living In The Kingdom
The Saddest Angel
Lord Have Mercy

All Tracks are streaming on www.soundclick.com/dawnmaracle
available for purchase at   http://www.dawnmaracle.com/id78.htm



The Dawn Maracle's White Flag performs Classic Rock and Country covers and renditions along with original songs written and arranged by Dawn Maracle. The songs are as diverse and interesting as Dawn's musical career.
With influences from Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Grand funk, Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, Jazz Great Nancy Wilson, BB King, Eric Clapton, Bad Company and the Eagles just to name a few. Dawn has written songs in just about every genre including a country rap song written in 1992 well ahead of it's time. When you hear Dawn's songs either live or recorded you'll never get bored not the least of which are her ever changing sounds executed in such a delightful way you can't help but to continue listening. Dawn's live shows show her passion and dedication to her art not only in the writing and arragements of her songs but to the art of showmanship and entertainment.

Dawn Maracle

The extremely dynamic performer, Dawn Maracle, visually and musically captures her audiences, both young and old. True to her passion as a professional entertainer, she is an accomplished award-winning singer and songwriter. Dawn's high-energy and wide vocal range, coupled with her original songwriting (played either solo acoustic or on her electric lead guitar with her band), make for a winning combination. Dawn's original music consists of intertwining classic rock/blues/country/pop into her own unique style of neo classic rock, affectionately known as "Dawn Maracle Music". Dawn's voice has been likened to such greats as Janis Joplin, Patsy Cline and Grace Slick. As a lead guitarist, she shows true ownership of her instrument.

Dawn's career began in Upstate New York and continued through Southern California, Alaska, and Japan.
Dawn's performances include opening for the Coasters,T. Graham Brown, the Alaska State Fair, and special guest appearances on both radio and television.

Dawn currently lives in Austin,Texas and performs in Central Texas and Upstate, New York venues. Dawn will be spending the fall of 2009 performing, as well as concentrating on getting more of her three hundred original songs recorded. Currently twenty-eight of her songs have been recorded, twenty-four of which have been released. Since 2002, Dawn has released three CD's and a Christmas single.

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