When Dawes came in to perform for Acoustic Guitar Sessions recently, they did stripped-down versions of three songs—”Roll with the Punches,” “We’re All Gonna Die,” and “When the Tequila Runs Out,” from their least stripped-down album yet: the bold new We’re All Gonna Die, out today on HUB Records.

While in the AG studio, Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith talked about songwriting, guitar playing, and how it all comes together in the L.A. band’s nostalgic sounds, which are based on the folk-rock guitars and vocal harmonies of 1970s-era Laurel Canyon. (You’ll be forgiven if you initially confuse these guys for CSN or America in the clip!)


Read an interview with Goldsmith in the December 2016 issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine.