So I have some really tough news.
After these two runs in March and April, my main man Wylie Gelber is going to be leaving the Dawes lineup.
Some of you may have noticed him building basses, guitars and pedal boards for the band through the years. Well this kind of handiwork of his goes way beyond the music realm and he has become something of a designer/contractor/builder all rolled into one. He’s kind of a genius at all of it (no surprise there) and he’s realized he needs to commit to this path more fully. He still loves us and is going to be cheering us on from the sidelines. And we completely understand and support this big shift in his life despite the Wylie shaped hole in our hearts that no one is ever going to be able to fill.
We’ve been playing music together since he was 15 and I was 18 and Griff was 13. I don’t know what being a musician is without him. He has set the bar for what great bass playing sounds like to me. It’s gonna be hard and tears have been shed but change always leads to some kind of newfound strength and Dawes isn’t going anywhere, I promise.
I admire the hell out of Wylie for making these realizations about himself. But oh will he be missed. There will be a time when he won’t be on the stage with us but he will ALWAYS be a member of this brotherhood and one of my best friends I could have ever asked for. I love you so much, Wylie.
To our sweet fans – we look forward to celebrating Wylie’s last ride with you all on these next two runs. See you out there.