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The Dauphin of Mississippi & the Good Doctors


Wed 25 Nov 2020, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Wunderbar, 19 London St, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Restrictions: R18

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  • Dauphin of Mississippi & the Good Doctors: $15.00
  • Door Sale : $20.00
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A gadabout halfheartedly searches the byways and backroads of America for his lost love.
A teenage boy thinks he's finally going to become a man, only to crash his new Camaro.
A third-grader gets bullied into acquiescence and lifelong subservience.
A middle-aged man explains his wet-weather fashion choices to a kid behind a liquor store counter.

These are just a few stories n song that led editor Paul Riley of Country Music People magazine (U.K.) to call the Book of Vanities an "entertaining winner!" that takes a gander at the lines between heroism & humiliation, courage & cowardice, longing & loss, and hope & despair.
The first tour supporting his new album brings the Dauphin of Mississippi to Lyttleton's legendary Wunderbar for an intimate night of songs accompanied by the Good Doctors, multi-instrumentalist Dr Giacomo Giorli the Crafty Italian of Florence (Infamous Bourbon Boys, Melling Station Boys), and Dr Claire Ellen Lukens on background vocals.

About the Dauphin of Mississippi: Raised by Gospel Singers in the wilds of southern Mississippi and having moved to Wellington after a decade in Wyoming, critics and audiences compare his songs to John Prine, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Bonnie Raitt, and Guy Clark. His first album, (2017's self-produced Prodigal Songs for the End of Days), a furious genre-bending romp through an America collapsing under late-stage capitalism (and where Donald Trump is the Antichrist), netted him WyCMA finalist nods for Album, Songwriter, and Americana group of the year. 2019 's The Book of Vanities, produced by Josh Gray of Ivy Hall Studio in Nashville, features the likes of 14-time Grammy winner Dan Tyminski on fiddle, Flatpicking wunderkind Seth Taylor on mando, and living Bluegrass meme Tony Wray on banjo and guitar.

This show is part of his New Zealand Bucketlist Tour, 9 dates across NZ sharing bills with the likes of Bill Hickman, Lost Bird, and legend Darren Watson, from October to December before moving back to the States.

Bucketlist Item: A pilgrimage of sorts to the epicentre of NZ's Country and Americana breeding grounds-well done, Lyttleton, for whatever you've done to produce so many great songwriters.

“Dauphin, Jason Burge. Great, great songwriter. Quite an ability to draw in listeners with narratives in the songwriting. Beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous.” - Grady Kirkpatrick, Wyoming Public Radio

"Treat yourself to an evening with a man who will definitely entertain you. He'll make you laugh. He'll take you deep,...and remind you that you have a soul." - Jamie Macphail, Sitting Rooms Sessions, Hawkes Bay, NZ

“One of those relaxed country voices that needs to be heard... a fine songwriter....melodic foot-tapping country music delight.....several quality ballads....Blindside... Buy this album.” - Paul Riley, Country Music People Magazine (U.K.)

"Plays a mean guitar and sings songs and tells tales that’ll have y’all laughing, crying, and all points in between! .... his songs are hugely literate and intensely melodic. But for that one lucky roll of the dice, he’d be known far and wide." - Rob Habers, Ambient Light, Auckland, NZ

“Where has this guy's writing been all my life? Cracking tales delivered beautifully.” - Darren Watson, New Zealand Bluesy Soul Legend (Getting Sober for the End of the World, Too Many Millionaires)

"Like the love child of Ted Hawkins and Bonnie Raitt, delivered by Townes Van Zandt passing through on a train." - Brad Watson (novelist Ms. Jane, The Heaven of Mercury)

"After listening to the Book of Vanities for a month or so, I just love it. Jason's voice reminds me of John Martyn, who I just love." - Shady, The Americana Show on Radioactive 88.6 FM

"(The songwriting) is enough to make you lower your beer to the table and take in the moment." - Mike Morris, Fridays in the Asher