Dawson Rutledge at Wapiti Music Festival. Submitted photo

Cranbrook artist plays at Wapiti for the first time

Cranbrook’s Dawson Rutledge stepped onto the Wapiti stage this year for the first time, and walked away thrilled.

This served as his biggest show to date.

“It was fantastic, so cool,” he said, adding that the environment was very welcoming.

The 19-year-old performed along side Angus Liedtke on bass and Julian Bueckert on drums.

The three were already working together on some demos when Rutledge proposed they play the festival together. He said they worked hard to get a solid set list together, and he believes it paid off.

Rutledge admitted he was nervous heading into the show, and that the stage was large.

After the show, he had a few fans approach him and tell him how much they liked his music.

Rutledge released a new single in July, and another single is set to be released at the end of July. Rutledge will also be releasing a nine-track album in September, which he produced in New York.

The next time he will be in Fernie will be during the Chautauqua Fall Fair, and will be stepping up to the microphone on Saturday, September 15 at 12:00 noon.

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