UA alum releases EP at Musica

“Friday night at Musica in downtown Akron, university alumni and area native Andy Dolson will perform and release his newest work, a five song EP entitled The Last Thing You Want. The record features tracks from his upcoming full-length album, Eightynine. Dolson isn’t new to the Akron music scene, and will be joined by another local artist, Pete Nischt, on Friday night.”

Friday night at Musica in downtown Akron, university alumni and area native Andy Dolson will perform and release his newest work, a five song EP entitled The Last Thing You Want. The record features tracks from his upcoming full-length album, Eightynine.

Dolson isn’t new to the Akron music scene, and will be joined by another local artist, Pete Nischt, on Friday night.

In fact, Dolson has been playing music in Akron for over five years, and most of his upcoming album was written when he was a student here at UA.

As Dolson tells it, a majority of this new album came from the songs I wrote while living in the dingy basement of a house on Carroll street. Nearing his graduation and during an emotional time in his life, Dolson wrote songs ranging from feelings of disappointment with the real world to love and romance.

According to him, the album is really a story the whole way through of my struggle to reconcile the way that I once saw the world as a starry eyed naive kid with the harsh reality that is life.

Certainly, most people can relate with the feelings Dolson expresses.

He enjoys performing piano-driven pieces, and his new album reflects that. He names one of his greatest influences as Ben Folds.

As for Musica, this isn’t the first time that Dolson has played there, either.

Musica is my favorite place to play in Akron, maybe even Northeast Ohio. It just has such a cool vibe, and I’ve been around the place for so long it feels like home. In the past few months Musica has really risen in stature as far as clubs go, Dolson said. They’ve been bringing some great shows to the area, and it’s right down the street.

Dolson doesn’t spend all of his time in Akron, though, and his EP was produced and recorded between studios in Nashville and here.

In the future, Dolson plans to move to Nashville to continue pursuing his solo career in music. His goals include putting together a permanent band and focusing on new material.

I have plans to begin writing my next album starting this summer, Dolson said. I definitely need to sit down and work on new material. I’m really excited because I haven’t had a chance to write in so long.

The EP release show kicks off a tour of the east coast for Dolson, who plays in Tennessee and North Carolina before returning to Ohio for a show in Dundee May 23.

Dolson has plans to tour over the summer, and his full-length album is set to be released in September.

The show is on Friday night at Musica at 8:30 p.m. and advance tickets are $10.