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Runaway Dorothy w/ Lindsay Holler & The Western Polaroids 

When: Fri., Nov. 21 2008
Price: $5
David Parnell, the singer/songwriter behind Americana band Runaway Dorothy, lets the world know he’s a simple southern boy who wears his fractured heart on his sleeve, as evidenced by the band’s crushingly, endearingly honest debut album, The Arc. Parnell, a North Carolina native and New York transplant, has taken to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to help build a loyal fan base willing to pledge undying allegiance to their favorite vegan and fellow wounded spirit, and eager to offer him and the rest of the Runaway Dorothy members plenty of pretty shoulders to cry on as the quartet pieces its East Coast tour together. It’s easy to understand why Dorothy’s built such a following. Parnell’s songs feel more like confessionals, as evidenced by his MySpace page that quotes, “It takes a lot of love to leave you alone,” borrowed from the chorus to one of The Arc’s best songs. It’s not surprising to learn the album was written mostly under the long shadow cast by a devastating breakup. “Caulfield” is another slow-strumming sad rumination, but the willful harmonica hints at something slightly hopeful, even if the lyrics state otherwise. The steady beat behind “Abilene” should translate into a blistering few minutes in between the self-described “American lullabies.” With local country/chamber combo The Western Polaroids. —Andrea Warner


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