Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Swing South: San Fran's David Dondero

David Dondero: "Rothko Chapel"
David Dondero: "When the Heart Breaks Deep"

San Francisco-based (but former North Carolinian, so I'm told) David Dondero weaves these incredible narrative folk rock songs with the occasional incredible backing band that blasts Americana-rock to its gills. Songs about traveling, about life, about life traveling. The lyrics are as impressive as anything the guitar, the banjo or the harmonica does. Most of his songs concentrate on a place and time and they're all fiery, all compelling, all salt of the earth, Woody Guthrie reinvented.

Saw Dondero live maybe a year ago, and it was a great show. The unassuming Dondero just kind of wakes up once on stage, it's hard to listen closely to the words when the music is so awesome. My fave track off his 2007
Simple Love is "Mighty Mississippi," which is kind of set up like a honky-tonk punk song. Love this stuff. Vid & tour dates after the jump...

Aug 25
The Garage Charlottesville, Virginia

Aug 27
The Tipsy Teapot Greenville, North Carolina

Aug 28
Soapbox Laundrolounge Wilmington, North Carolina

Sep 2
Jammin Java Vienna, Virginia

Sep 3
Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sep 11
Sadlack’s Raleigh, North Carolina

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