Postmates will offer fast delivery of the album today, as the leading on-demand logistics provider in the US. Dabbs is one of the very first artists to partner with the company in this way, and is offering the album on CD, vinyl, and in bundle packages (cd, vinyl and whiskey glass) - for $10, $20, and $30 respectively, along with free delivery. The store opened at 9 a.m. and will close at 4p.m. CST.
Singles "Closing Time, ""Don't Believe in Stars," and "Optimists" are currently available on Spotify and the full album is releasing today via Ready Set Music. As part of the release, Dabbs will play Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley on July 31.
The Optimist explores finely-tuned acoustic pop, and was created with Daniel Tashian of The Silver Seas. Dabbs, who has always loved working with Tashian, decided to exclusively write with him and have him produce this new album.
"On this record, I could hear the bones of several songs, but it really needed the collaboration with Tashian to have flesh," Dabbs explains. "I don't want to be in my own head; I want to be in someone else's. I want to take any skill set I have and hear a version of it way beyond me, and that takes collaboration."
A true musical renaissance man, Dabbs is also half of Sugar + the Hi-Lows with Amy Stroup;
co-founder of the Ten Out of Tenn artists' collective and Ready Set Records with his wife Kristen; a sought-after co-writer for Ingrid Michaelson, Kacey Musgraves, Lori McKenna, Ashley Monroe, Joy Williams, and others; and a producer for developing acts like Young Summer. Sugar + the Hi-Lows have played stages like the Ryman in Nashville and Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as opened for Ingrid Michaelson. The introduction to the singer-songwriter led to Dabbs co-writing six cuts on her 2014 LP, including "Girls Chase Boys." His songs have often appeared on Billboard charts, radio stations, and television shows.
The Optimist marks Dabbs' tenth solo record in 12 years. Listen to "Closing Time" on Spotify now.