The Dalles
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The Dalles

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Band Americana Rock




"Brazen Americana-rooted rock 'n' roll run wild"

“Maybe it was hearing them for the first time that won me over, or perhaps it was the excitement over their impressive renegade performances in the Capitol building. Ultimately, if The Dalles seven-track EP My Own Private White House is any indication of things to come, I’m already looking forward to a full-length release. The Austin-based quartet, whose members each hail from different parts of the country but made the Live Music Capital their home, brazenly let their Americana-rooted rock ‘n’ roll run wild, fueled by stellar vocal harmonies that fire up the blood. Major kudos to Ben Ballinger and Blue Mongeon, the core songwriters of the group who aren’t shy about delivering music with a provocative message to titillate the ears and the mind, and the talents of drummer Drew Brunetti and bassist Chris D’Annunzio.” (Laurie Gallardo - KUT 90.5) - KUT 90.5

"Moody, muscular rock, tender country touches"

Moody, muscular rock, tender country touches (Mike and the Moonpies’ Zach Moulton guests on pedal steel) and singer Ben Ballinger’s Dylan-esque lyrical phrasing make this a monster debut EP. I can’t wait to hear what’s next.” (Paul Carrubba - Austin Monthly) - Austin Monthly


My Own Private White House EP, February 11, 2012, Independent



The Dalles are quickly filling the potholes and crashing through the dividers of the current music highway. They have the soaring harmonies of The Beatles, the back-beat soul of James Brown, and the straight up Do-Or-Die-Music-Will-Save-Your-Life-Rock n’ Roll of every band that ever mattered. These young men create fascinating songs that not only have a message, but deliver it with authority and empathy. Like Robert Frost reading you your rights.

Hailing from all different corners of America, The Dalles formed in February 2011 and have rooted themselves in Austin, Texas. They released their debut EP “My Own Private White House” in February 2012. Recorded live in three days with the soon-to-be, much sought after Engineer/Producer Heston Barnes, the EP is seven songs like you’ve never heard before, by a band you’ll want to hear again.

In June of 2012, The Dalles were selected to perform at UTOPiAfest, a two-day music & camping festival featuring Dr. Dog, Mexican Institute of Sound, White Denim, Ben Kweller, Victor Wooten and many more national artists. They are one of the few independent and Austin-based performers on the bill.

The Dalles are: Ben Ballinger (guitars, vox), Blue Mongeon (guitars, vox, harmonica), Drew Brunetti (drums), Chris D’Annunzio (bass)