Based in Leicester, UK for over twenty five years, Dawson Smith is originally from Abertillery, South Wales and has a well earned reputation for fronting great bands and rocking venues all over the UK and beyond. Dawson first made his name as the frontman / songwriter of blues rockers The Healers (’90s). Following The Healers split, Dawson recorded two successful solo albums. Valley Boy (2002) and The River Road (2005). Loads of gigging followed, playing with a flexible band line up. In 2005 Dawson put together THE DISSENTERS with the intention of forming his dream ‘road band’ able to deliver the type of driving swamp blues and rootsy Americana bar room rock & roll that has always been the backdrop to Dawson’s distinctive songs.


2019 was another big year for Dawson & The Dissenters.

Loads of gigs and some profile festivals including

Abertillery Blues Festival in May

Upton Blues in July

Rory Gallagher Fest (Nantwich) in August.

National Rock & Blues Fest Skegness January 2020

Headliners for Blues Matters Stage


New EP 'Back To Memphis' was recorded in August 19 and was accompanied by 2 new videos. The EP was released in November 19 with a rockin' launch show in Leicester. The EP continues to  receive loads of radio plays and the Videos have had loads of views including special features on        HRH Media and Americana UK.


Dawson Smith & The Dissenters have built an enviable reputation as a smokin’ live band and always a great night out, with a large mailing list and loyal following and an extensive gig circuit around the UK.

Dawson & The Dissenters take you on a whirlwind trip through the best in rockin’ blues and roots and bring you back Breathless!’ 

Americana UK


‘Two successful tours with Nashville rocker Tommy Womack (backing and supporting) and gigs with Dan Baird And Homemade Sin (Georgia Satellites), Stacie Collins Band,

now the yanks are taking Dawson Smith & The Dissenters seriously!’

Bob Patterson BPM Radio