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Sound Bites: Greensboro songwriter Laurelyn Dossett opens music series

August 29, 2014

By Sarah Campbell, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

Aug. 29--Fans of Carolina Chocolate Drops have probably heard the old-time string band belt out one of Laurelyn Dossett's songs.

The Greensboro songwriter penned "Leaving Eden," the title track for the band's 2012 release.

But it was Dossett's now-defunct band, Polecat Creek, that originally recorded the song in 2004.

The Chocolate Drops aren't the only ones who have taken notice of Dossett's music. Her song "Anna Lee" is featured on Levon Helm's Grammy-winning record "Dirt Farmer." Helms is known for his work as the drummer of the Band.

Dossett will bring her music to Cameo Art House Theatre on Thursday to kick off the venue's new concert series, which is part of a partnership with the Rooster's Wife music venue in Aberdeen. Concerts are scheduled the first Thursday of the month through December.

This week, Dossett will be playing as a duo with Scott Manring.

"He is a virtuoso guitar and banjo player," she said. "We play a wide variety of song styles."

Weekender talked to Dossett about the upcoming show. Here are excepts from the conversation.

Weekender: How has your sound evolved over the years?

Dossett: When we moved to North Carolina a long time ago, I started listening to and, early on, playing music with some old-time musicians. While technically I'm not an old-time musician, some of those sounds and traditions come across in my music."

Weekender: Where do you get inspiration for songs?

Dossett: Often things in nature, like the night sky or birds. I draw from my own life, I have three children who are just about grown now. I've been a neighbor and a mother and a wife for a long time, so there's a lot to draw from.

Weekender: What's the atmosphere like during one of your shows?

Dossett: It's more relaxed with people really listening to the songs. I like it to feel comfortable. It can feel like a conversation with the audience.

Weekender: This is your first time playing at the Cameo. How are you feeling about Fayetteville?

Dossett: I've played a lot at Poplar Knight Spot (in Aberdeen) over the years. I'm really honored to kick this series off for Fayetteville. I think local live music is really important, and I'm excited about getting this going in Fayetteville.

Staff writer Sarah Campbell can be reached at or 486-3523.

Laurelyn Dossett

When: Thursday, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Cameo Art House Theatre, 225 Hay St.

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 online and the day of the show. Call 486-6633 or go to


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