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Americana quartet Runaway Dorothy counts Roseanne Cash, Adam Duritz, Rob Thomas, and Ryan Adams as fans. The band has also been fortunate to have an engaged fan base to support its latest album, The Wait.  Runaway Dorothy’s sensibility is both rustic and refined, mining folk, country, and alt-country with a songs-first restraint as to leave ample space for the group’s captivating storyteller lyrics, mesmerizingly melancholy vocals, and achingly beautiful harmonies. The band has performed at SXSW (Runaway Dorothy played 11 shows in the 5 days they were in Austin), The Outlaw Roadshow during the CMJ music festival, and headlined the Red Room in Boston. They’ve been featured on Fox News, the popular video blog The Rock Office, and garnered accolades from PGH Music Mag.

The Brooklyn-based four-piece’s origins date back to when band founder Dave Parnell was plucked from singer-songwriter obscurity to be the guitarist of a promising rock band playing big shows and showcasing for major labels. “I was hesitant at first, I wanted to do my own music, but this opportunity allowed me to just focus on being a musician,” he explains. As industry pressures sapped the South Carolina band’s morale, Dave kept on writing for himself. However, when the band was summoned to New York City for label a showcase, Dave had a career-shifting moment.

“I ran into Ryan Adams randomly on the street,” Dave recalls.  “We hung out all day, and I got the chance to play him some tunes.  I played him the band’s music and my own solo stuff. When he heard my tunes, he said: ‘This is the stuff you should be pursuing.’”  And when the band finally splintered, that’s exactly what he did: Dave moved to Brooklyn with a handful of songs; recorded the Runaway Dorothy debut, The Arc, in Springfield, Missouri; and then assembled a band.

The Wait marks the debut of the firm lineup of Dave Parnell (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Dave’s younger brother Brett “Bert” Parnell (electric guitar), Sam “The Reverend” Gallo (bass), and Evan Mitchell (drums). The band plays with dynamic sensitivity:  the players patiently let each song’s meticulous arrangement unfold in the center spotlight, and then contribute motifs to enhance the mood.  The band developed its sympathetic chemistry through grinding it out playing live on NYC subway platforms.  “It was like boot camp for becoming a cohesive group,” Dave explains.  “Can we sound good as a unit when it’s so loud down there?”

The new album is a staggering achievement for Runaway Dorothy, and particularly Dave as a masterful songwriter. Lyrically, The Wait is both personal and mythical.  “Half the album is a story I made up, the other half is about a relationship that just wasn’t going to work,” Dave confides. Hauntingly gorgeous tracks like “Ballad Of A Dead Man” and “Blue Kentucky Rain” are snapshots of gritty Americana, both weaving together a narrative of a man driven to murder to provide for his family.

The gracefully sparse track “Hurry” is a standout relationship song with curious origins. “The song began as a Japanese bubblegum pop song,” Dave says laughing. “I sent it to my brother and said ‘Do whatever you want with it.’” Brett “Bert” Parnell picked up the banjo and re-imagined the track. It’s a collaboration that speaks to the mutual respect and deep creative connections the brothers share.

Runaway Dorothy self-produced The Wait and recorded it at Threshing Floor Studios in North Carolina.  The band went for a lean approach with the production treatment, delicately adding only essential flourishes. “The songs have to stand on their own with just voice and guitar,” Dave says of his production philosophy.

Currently, the band is further exploring its creative synchronicity by sharing in songwriting for Runaway Dorothy. Dave is eager to record the third album with this expanded pool of songwriting talent. Reminiscing back on the time leading up to The Wait he says: “You know, I started off singing Counting Crows cover songs at open mic nights. It was so special when Adam Duritz mentioned our band in an interview.  It’s just amazing to me all of this that has happened.”

Runaway Dorothy’s The Wait will be released February 25, 2014.

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10/12/2013 – Runaway Dorothy returns to The Outlaw Roadshow!

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Full Article here:  http://www.rslblog.com/2013/10/runaway-dorothy-returns-to-outlaw.html

NEW YORK SONS – It’s been a wild couple of years for Dave Parnell and RUNAWAY DOROTHY. Having played not one, but two Outlaw Roadshows in which their music reached thousands of new ears and extensive touring across much of the US, the band were then signed to Rock Ridge (Newark, NJ) the label founded by former Universal Records executive Tom Derr.

The songs the band has been working on the last two years on the road have made their way on to a highly-awaited LP, appropriately titled: “The Wait,” which will be made available 2/25/14. This Saturday (10/19) will be the first time that many of these songs will be played in their current incarnation and on our stage! The band only keep getting better!

 

04/06/2013 – Finally Happened by Linda Ridenour

I’ve been following a band called Runaway Dorothy online for a couple of years. If you are my friend on Facebook, you’ve surely seen me post about them. The thing is/was, one of the band members, Dave Parnell had a blog at one time and I read it faithfully. I tried to be as supportive as I could when the band was struggling.  Dave is very personable and often answered my comments. I grew to have a great deal of respect for him as well as a very healthy appreciation for the band’s music. Click here for an example of why I fell in love with the music. And here for an album review of The Arc, their first cd.

Recently I was thrilled to find that the band was on tour and was looking for a venue somewhere between Brooklyn, NY and Youngstown, OH. They were interested in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  Of course I was crossing my fingers for Pittsburgh.  And it happened.  They booked a show for this past Friday night at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh.  I grabbed the first friend who showed an interest in going and we were gonna do it.

I should probly mention, and I hope if Dave reads this, he’s not embarrassed, but I have a healthy, um, crush on his disheveled  boyish charm.  He’s ridiculously talented, both as a performer and a songwriter. His lyrics have depth and meaning and you can tell right off that he’s got heart. If you know me at all, you know I’m big on heart.  If you don’t have heart, I don’t bother much with you at all… He’s also got determination and spirit.  I’m pretty darn sure you could say this about each and every member of the band but I’m guilty of paying a little more attention to Dave.  I’d adopt him. Heck, I’d adopt the whole darn band.

So, before this turns into War and Peace, I’ll tell you… My friend Brooke and I went to the cafe. She’s shy, I’m not. (DUH) There were to be 3 bands performing.  Before RD got there, I’d already talked to the lead guy, Mike from Band #3. Yeah, he had heart. I wish I could remember the name of the band :/ The first band up was called Blue Light Bandits.  They’re from Boston and I liked them a lot.  They had a kind of Jack Johnson sound to them.  And they thought I was in my forties so, yeah… Brownie Points.

Brooke and I were sitting at our table and I happened to look up and saw a messy mop of brown hair atop a plaid shirt (Dave Parnell’s signature style)  walking past. I said, “Dave.” He ambled a couple of more steps.  I repeated his name, a little louder the second time.  He turned and our eyes met. My heart soared. That face… A smile slowly spread across it (his face) and he made his way to our table. He has the most beautiful teeth I’ve ever seen on a guy. I was out of my chair in a second and stopped a foot in front of him. I said, “It’s me, Linda.” I don’t know even now if I had to tell him or not and I’m not sure if I held out my hand or just dove in straight for the hug, but we broke into an easy conversation. He had been heading toward the facilities (after 6 hours in a 15-passenger van) and asked that we wait a minute and said that he wanted to take us back to meet the rest of the band, was that ok?  WAS THAT OK?  Silly Dave.

Soon he came back and motioned us to follow him to a private dining area around behind the bar. On the way I asked if we were going to the Green Room. Haha Linda, you are so funnee.

We walked in to find Brett (Dave’s brother,) Sammy and Evan, as well as their manager Nick and 2 or 3 fan/friends from Pittsburgh. Amazingly polite and perfect gentlemen, they made us feel completely comfortable immediately. Two of them mentioned recognizing me from my comments on their fan page. Their manager, Nick was immediately at my elbow, asking what I had and what I needed.  At first I wasn’t sure what he meant but then I realized he meant band souvenirs, etc. I told him I had the shirt, the buttons, stickers, cd, etc. He asked me to leave my address and that he’d get some more stuff off to me. How cool was that?  So we talked awhile and the first band was up to play so we excused ourselves and went back to our table.

Their performance was even better than I expected.  And later I found out that Dave had been on cold meds for a week. Sheesh.

Third song in, (With You) I was pleasantly surprised to hear Dave say, “This next song I want to dedicate to a friend of a couple years who I’m meeting for the first time tonight,” and he looked up at me. (omg) “This is for Linda, something something…” I couldn’t make out and forgot to ask him what it was. Was awesome anyway.

There was more to the night but I don’t want your eyes to cross.  Among those things:

  • I was appointed House Mother to the band.  Which sounds a whole lot more respectable than Honorary Oldest Groupie, don’t you think?
  • I’ve offered to provide lodging for them next time they’re in the ‘Burgh and they accepted on the condition that PD make them a Spinach Quiche for their breakfast.
  • The crush I have on Dave has spread to the entire group.
  • If you don’t own any Runaway Dorothy music, your library is lacking.  Their new cd coming out, The Wait promises to be something you’ll want to own.  I will.  Here’s a sneak peek at a song from the album called Hurry.
  • You can go on FB and Like the band and get to know them a whole lot better and you’ll be lucky like me

So, that was my Friday night.  Was a great time and I can’t wait for it to happen again.  Thanks Runaway Dorothy!  Love you guys

By Linda Ridenour
Source:  http://1winkatatime.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/finally-happened/

 

09/01/2012 – September Featured Artist: RUNAWAY DOROTHY

SOURCE: http://www.jennalynnmonroe.com/#!featured/c13e0

From the soulful melodic sounds of “Abilene” to the Country rock twang of “Hard Way Home” you know you have found something great in NY band Runaway Dorothy. Their music paints a whole new picture on the face of Country , pairing nicely with rock and blues undertones to create a genre that would incite a replay even by those who can’t bare the thought of traditional Country fare.

06/16/2012 – One to watch in 2012

SOURCE: http://www.rslblog.com/2012/06/runaway-dorothy-in-boston.html

ONE TO WATCH IN 2012 – I don’t think I was prepared for how good Runaway Dorothy had become. Having seen the band play in Austin was an awakening. Booking them to play The Outlaw Roadshow was pretty much genius as it proved – they were one of the most popular bands in our entire lineup – but all that paled in comparison to what unfolded in Boston on Runaway Dorothy’s arrival. Dave Parnell and the boys have grown tighter with each live session, each night on the road. And the new material they are set to unleash rivals anything we have seen our heard in the last year. Mark my words people – you will be hearing much more from this act in the year to come…

06/04/2012 – “it’s simply beautiful”

SOURCE: http://www.lakecounty-sentinel.com/index.php?p=67_1_LakeCounty-Sentinel.com-Runaway-with-Dorothy-Music-review-by-Bill-Smith-06-04-2012

Runaway with Dorothy

BY BILL SMITH
MUSIC CRITIC

Every once in a great while, I discover a band that fills my heart with over whelming happiness that I have a job where I get to share what I discovered with all you good people. Runaway Dorothy, and their album The Arc, is a perfect example of what I mean. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, RD truthfully sounds nothing like I would expect a band from Brooklyn to sound like. I was assuming they would be a super tough, hard edge, profanity laced group of common placed, shallow three chord hacks we’ve come to expect these days from people who try to pass themselves of as musicians. Was I ever wrong! What I found was a tight knit, well produced and performed band that displayed vulnerability in their music that is seldom heard from these days.

Runaway Dorothy is an Alternative Country band, or what some may call Americana. With a sound similar to Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams, and Counting Crows, while throwing in some elements of Radiohead and U2 in for good measure. The music here is filled with lush harmonica playing, authentic country and western elements such as beautiful pedal steel, and probably the finest acoustic guitar sound captured on tape that I can remember hearing in a long, long while. Even though RD may be an independent artist, they are certainly keeping up with the majors with a steady stream of gigs all across the nation. RD recently finished a 14 show stint in seven days, ending with twelve of these shows being held at last month South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Standout tracks on The Arc include “Abilene,” “Volatile,” and “Hard Way Home.” The track that strikes me as a modern Alt-Country masterpiece is “Takes A lot of Love,” this is a powerful and emotive song that cuts straight t to the heart. It’s simply beautiful with its orchestration, and harmonica playing to counterbalance that. I would highly recommend support these guys by purchasing their CD, and getting out there and seeing them next time they’re in town.

Grade: A-

bsmith@lakecounty-sentinel.com or follow us on Twitter @LCSentinelcom
POSTED 06/04/2012 15:57

05/17/2012 – Winter brought me down, then I found Runaway Dorothy

SOURCE: http://tophatsbyjennifer.blogspot.com/2012/05/here-be-audio-httpwww.html

One of these days I’ll talk about a band that wasn’t part of South By South West’s Outlaw Roadshow, but they are just all so good! One of the bands which first grabbed my attention was Runaway Dorothy. I think their’s was the first album from any of the Roadshow artists that I downloaded in it’s entirety, and I couldn’t be more in love with it. They call themselves “alternative-country” but I’m really not sure exactly what that means. They do sound country, not sure where the “alternative” comes in. I grew up with country music, and still listen to lots of the stuff that I did growing up, but I separate country music as pre- or post-Dixie Chicks (who, along with Shania Twain, in my opinion, ruined country music) so I really haven’t listened to new Country music since like 1998, and really, I’m not saying that I’m going to go back to listening to it, but If these guys are the future of country music, then I may.

 

Originally from North Carolina, but now haunting the subways, streets and venues of Brooklyn (and greater NYC), Dave Parnell (vocals, guitar, harmonica). Brett Parnell (electric guitar, banjo), Evan Mitchel (drums) and Sammy Gallo (bass) make up Runaway Dorothy. Hard Way Home was the song I got from the Outlaw Roadshow download; a great, toe-tappin’, upbeat, story of a song. I love the electric guitar in this song, and the banjo (but then again, I love anything with a banjo, they are just so fun.) After I listened to Hard Way Home a handful of times, I HAD to get more. So I downloaded The Arc.
When I first listened to The Arc, the first thing I thought was “hmm.. I dig this… kinda reminds me of Jakob Dylan (whom I LOVE)” and I couldn’t get enough of it. I love everything about this record: the songwriting, the acoustic guitar, the electric guitar, the bass lines, the backing vocals, the harmonica (I love a good harmonica, and I have the utmost respect and admiration for anyone who can play the guitar and the harmonica at the same time, nice job Dave!) Abilene, which is my favorite song on the record, also holds great lyrics and guitars, and I really like the drum line on that track. The Arc also has some great tracks for unwinding, or for when you’ve got a melancholy mood about you: Takes a Lot of Love, Too Young, Nights Like These, Volatile, and Matter of Time. For something in between Hard Way Home and Too Young, Caulfield and Katherine Song are perfect. Every song on The Arc is perfect for what ever mood you may be in, and I am very much looking forward to a new record from the boys (maybe an advance copy? Hmm?)
Runaway Dorothy is another band which I follow on twitter, and with whom I have exchanged a tweet or two… or a dozen… or so… They are another band which it would be uber cool to be friends with, to be a part of the awesome music, and who also need to work in some sort of a west coast tour (I would love to see these guys live!) Being semi-quasi twitter friends with them has its perks as well, their manager (Nicholas Mishko) sent me a packet of “swag” from the band, including an autographed poster, a guitar pick, a couple buttons, stickers and SXSW schedule cards (of course I framed the poster, it’s now hanging in my kitchen.)

I really do love this band. And since I do, you should too. Please help support these guys and buy their record. At least listen to it, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. They are playing a gig in Boston this weekend (May 18) if you happen to be there, go to the show. If you’re not in Boston: BUY THE RECORD.

 

05/11/2012 – Weekly Shoutout Vol. 26: Artists about to LAUNCH

SOURCE: http://www.sonicbids.com

RUNAWAY DOROTHY booked by LAUNCH MUSIC CONFERENCE

Nick: The four members of Runaway Dorothy, who all hail from the American south, had to come all the way to Brooklyn to put their Americana dreams in motion. While they might be a long way from home, there’s buckets of comfort baked into tracks like “Takes a Lot of Love”, which while lamenting love lost still put you right at ease. The folks at LAUNCH will have to batten down their hearts, lest Runaway Dorothy sneak in and take up permanent residence.

 

05/02/2012 – “Support these Guys”

Source: http://therockoffice.tumblr.com/n2k

Runaway with Dorothy
By: Bill Smith

Every once in a great while, I discover a band that fills my heart with over whelming happiness that I have a job where I get to share what I discovered with all you good people. Runaway Dorothy, and their album The Arc, is a perfect example of what I mean. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, RD truthfully sounds nothing like I would expect a band from Brooklyn to sound like. I was assuming they would be a super tough, hard edge, profanity laced group of common placed, shallow three chord hacks we’ve come to expect these days from people who try to pass themselves of as musicians. Was I ever wrong! What I found was a tight knit, well produced and performed band that displayed vulnerability in their music that is seldom heard from these days.

Runaway Dorothy is an Alternative Country band, or what some may call Americana. With a sound similar to Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams, and Counting Crows, while throwing in some elements of Radiohead and U2 in for good measure. The music here is filled with lush harmonica playing, authentic country and western elements such as beautiful pedal steel, and probably the finest acoustic guitar sound captured on tape that I can remember hearing in a long, long while. Even though RD may be an independent artist, they are certainly keeping up with the majors with a steady stream of gigs all across the nation. RD recently finished a 14 show stint in seven days, ending with twelve of these shows being held at last month South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Standout tracks on The Arc include “Abilene,” “Volatile,” and “Hard Way Home.” The track that strikes me as a modern Alt-Country masterpiece is “Takes A lot of Love,” this is a powerful and emotive song that cuts straight t to the heart. It’s simply beautiful with its orchestration, and harmonica playing to counterbalance that. I would highly recommend support these guys by purchasing their CD, and getting out there and seeing them next time they’re in town.

Grade: A-

03/18/2012 – They are fantastic.

SOURCE: http://lorihillhouse.blogspot.com/

Runaway Dorothy is a country/folk group from New York City. I started listening to Runaway Dorothy about a year ago when I saw a tweet between Rosanne Cash and Rob Thomas raving about this band. They are fantastic. Runaway Dorothy has been compared to Jakob Dylan, Ryan Adams and Coldplay. You can also catch Adam Duritz (who I met at The Driskell) of the Counting Crows singing their praise on Twitter quite often. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

03/15/2012 – Runaway Dorothy sounded interesting enough to entice me to stop at the Chuggin Monkey for a couple of songs

SOURCE: http://www.turnituporturnitoff.com/Photos/2012/20120315.htm

“That Runaway Dorothy album is killer. It’s great. It’s so good…” – Adam Duritz of Counting Crows
A quintessential experience at SX is stumbling upon a band by just hearing their music while walking past a venue. Runaway Dorothy sounded interesting enough to entice me to stop at the Chuggin Monkey for a couple of songs. Any band that get people out on the dancefloor so early in the day deserves some credit. A nice way to ease into the day, although they did sound better live than they do on record.

03/08/2012 – Gliph App for Personal Privacy Control Launches at SXSW

SOURCE: http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/gliph-app-for-personal-privacy-control/

Gliph, based in Portland, Ore., launched its new app that helps users protect their personal privacy information. A hot issue as of late, the app aims to put the power back in the consumer’s hands by allowing them to choose exactly what personal information they share and with whom they share it.

Available for iPhone and Android devices, Gliph uses simple native interfaces, which allow users to select their own unique “gliph” pseudonym (a combination of three to five visual icons, such as a star, mushroom, and diamond). Then, instead of giving out their digits or social feeds right from the start, users can give out their gliph and reveal how much information they want to share on a person-by-person basis. Of course, they can mature the relationship though in-app text messaging for free.

“We believe people are multi-faceted and should be allowed to reflect a unique identity that matches each relationship, whether it be professional or social,” said Rob Banagale co-founder, and CEO. “Gliph lets people reveal only what’s appropriate and earn trust over time—just like we all do in off-line relationships.”

Security is a major part of the cross-platform application. In fact, it uses security measures to ensure the user’s conversations and personal data are signed and encrypted, in transit and prior to being stored on the server. “We secure your first name better than most websites secure your credit card information,” Banagale explains.

For conference and festival goers in Austin at SXSW, make sure to stop by Gliph’s cart at the southwest corner of 4th Street & N. Congress Avenue for free mobile device charging from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. CST each day. Their “Yeti” mascot will also be making a few special appearances and the company has partnered with Brooklyn-based band Runaway Dorothy, which will be performing showcases throughout the week.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/gliph-app-for-personal-privacy-control/#ixzz1xcZytnkh

12/30/2011 – “If you haven’t heard of Runaway Dorothy, you certainly will”

SOURCE: http://www.indiemediamag.com/2010/music/album-review-the-arc-by-runaway-dorothy/

It’s not every day that you come across a record from a band that makes you feel their heart, passion, and life experiences in their words and the way they strum the guitar but that’s what you get from Runaway Dorothy and their debut full-length album, The Arc.

The Arc, is a fresh perspective that breaks from cliche love songs and embraces the ups and downs that come with having loved and lost. These songs aren’t about trying to win back the love of your significant other but relishing the moments you had with the person and growing from them.

After a listen to the record, you could easily compare him to Jakob Dylan (post-The Wallflowers, also, Bob Dylan’s son). There is an emphasis on the vocals and acoustic guitar stylings, forcing you to listen and inevitably capturing your emotions.

The lyrical strength of David Parnell’s work is evident on his song, “Takes Alot of Love,” where he hits you right in the heart with this line “it takes a lot of love/to leave you alone.” I’ve yet to hear a line that came so close to capturing the emotion of putting someone behind you and not bothering them, though all you want to do is hear their voice one more time. Parnell was able to do it.

Another track of the 11-song LP worth checking out is “Hard Way Home.” It’s about that one voice that will put a smile on your face every time you hear it. You can’t help but be there no matter what that person has done to you, bad or good.

On “Nights Like These Here,” it’s about the kind of love you know isn’t right for you and probably won’t work out but for that one night, nothing else seems better or makes more sense.

Overall it’s a straight-forward record that isn’t overbearing in anyway. You hear the acoustic guitar, or a little of the banjo and the harmonica and you feel like you’re experiencing a love-story first-hand, full of heart.

If you haven’t heard of Runaway Dorothy, you certainly will. This band is not only worth your time, it’s worth your money.