The pop icon is backed by a younger generation of folk-rock performers during Wednesday's packed show at the popular Silver Lake venue.
Generations don’t always mix easily in rock. A shared purpose can make all the difference, as Jackson Browne, Dawes and Jonathan Wilson demonstrated during three hours of smart, sometimes fiery folk-rock Wednesday at the Satellite.
The years between them were essentially erased at the Silver Lake club, coming just weeks after Dawes’ headline show at the Orpheum, and a short stint backing up Robbie Robertson, another classic rock hero. With Browne, they share a lineage stretching back to the ‘60s-’70s folk-rock scene of Laurel Canyon, though Dawes filters that peaceful, easy feeling with a subtle postmodern edge, much as the Jayhawks did in the ‘90s.
Ahead of a joint “micro-tour” of Spain, Browne praised his young collaborators as something more than sidemen. “It’s a pleasure to play with these guys, who are themselves some of my favorite songwriters,” he told the packed room.
As the backing band of the night, Dawes was joined by singer-guitarist Jonathan Wilson, producer of the group’s two albums, and together they were a fully integrated, inseparable unit in their half-hour opening set. The music took elegant twists and turns, shifting easily from muscular Crazy Horse guitar spasms into something approaching a countrified “Working Man’s Dead” groove.