Taylor Goldsmith on Dawes, songwriting, Bob Dylan, and hope.

Taylor Goldsmith Performs a Song From the New Dawes Album

Taylor Goldsmith Performs a Song From the New Dawes Album

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June 2 2015 12:20 PM

Taylor Goldsmith on Critics, Hope, and Bob Dylan

The lead singer and songwriter of Dawes talks about the group's new album, All Your Favorite Bands, his work on the New Basement Tapes project, and more.

Taylor Goldsmith

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Taylor Goldsmith, the lead singer and primary songwriter for the band Dawes. Taylor talks about the new album All Your Favorite Bands and reflects on the time he spent with Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens, and Jim James to create the New Basement Tapes.


Brian and Taylor also discuss the life and works of Bob Dylan, criticism in today’s culture, and why turning 30 is a pivotal moment in an artist’s life. Taylor also talks about holding on to hope in his music and plays an acoustic version of the title track at the end of the show.

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Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.