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Classic Rewind: Dawn Sears – ‘Leaving And Saying Goodbye’

4 responses to “Classic Rewind: Dawn Sears – ‘Leaving And Saying Goodbye’

  1. luckyoldsun March 20, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Dawn Sears had a shot in the mid-90s–She had the initial CD release on a relaunched Decca Records label that also went on to release CDs by Mark Chesnutt. I got the Dawn Sears disc “Nothing But Good” at the time. It was excellent. I don’t know if it’s a collectors’ item now. Unfortunately, neither Dawn Sears’ recording/radio career–nor Decca Records–panned out. Maybe she was “too country for country”–(like Dale Watson).
    This performance of the old Faron Young song appears to be from a performance of the Time Jumpers band, which Dawn was a part of.

  2. Ken March 21, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Prior to signing with Decca in 1994 Dawn released three singles and the album “What A Woman Wants To Hear” for Warner Brothers in 1991. After her 1994 Decca album “Nothin’ But Good” she released a self-titled album in 2002 for her own Sears label that featured a Connie Smith duet and her friend Vince Gill on the background vocals. Blessed with a wonderful voice the stars just didn’t line up for Dawn in the 1990’s. It was not due to a lack of talent but rather the explosion of country music during that era that brought dozens of new acts and many new record labels competing for airplay. In that hyper-crowded marketplace it was extremely difficult to break through especially for a female performer.

    As a member of Vince Gill’s road band Dawn sang harmony on several of his albums and later found popularity for her wonderful performances with the Time Jumpers band. Dawn passed away from lung cancer in 2014.

  3. Ken March 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Love this clip of Dawn with the Time Jumpers playing Faron Young’s 1971 hit “Leavin’ And Sayin’ Goodbye.” This song was written by Jeannie Seely who can be seen in the audience vigorously applauding at the :12 mark. Great steel licks from the late John Hughey who played with Conway Twitty’s band for 20 years before joining Vince Gill’s road band.

  4. Paul W Dennis March 21, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Great clip of a great but underappreciated artist

    I have all three of Dawn’s solo albums, and wish that she had been given many more opportunities to record.

    The song itself has been recorded numerous times. I loved Faron Young’s recording and Jeanie Seely does a fine job with it too

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