A Fully Seated Event
* Brett Dennen *
124 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Singer/Songwriter Brett Dennen will embark on an intimate headline tour this fall in support of his anticipated new album Smoke and Mirrors. The 4-week nationwide trek kicks off October 25 at Austinâ€™s Central Presbyterian Church and will make stops at Los Angelesâ€™ Troubadour, Boulderâ€™s Fox Theatre and San Franciscoâ€™s Independent, to name a few. The presale kicks off today, with tickets on sale to the general public later this week, see below for details.
Set for release on October 22, Smoke and Mirrors (F-Stop/Atlantic) is a return to form for Dennen, taking him back to his roots both sonically and aesthetically yet with more confidence and maturity than ever before. Nowhere is this more evident than the albumâ€™s first single â€śWild Child,â€ť which is already the #1 added record at Triple A, despite it not being scheduled to impact until next week. Rolling Stone premiered the â€śjoyousâ€ť single earlier this month, listen to it here. Beginning today, Smoke and Mirrors is available for preorder on iTunes.
After the overwhelming success of Loverboy and the intense promotional tour that followed, Dennen retreated to his mountain house in Northern California and began writing Smoke and Mirrors, finding inspiration in his surroundings and the simplicity of nature. Dennen took the songs to Nashville to record with producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars), eschewing his L.A. comfort zone to work with virtual strangers. Peacock explains, â€śBrett and I spent a lot of time just building out the arrangements. From the production side, he encouraged me to make every song uniquely its own while keeping it cohesive - and I think we did it. His wonderful music aside, Brett is certainly one of the most whimsical people I've ever produced - a true original.â€ť The resulting 10-song set features Dennenâ€™s strongest and most cohesive collection to date.
Smoke and Mirrors, Dennenâ€™s fifth studio album, is the culmination of his transition from a coffeehouse folk singer to a celebrated and critically acclaimed front man. Standing 6â€™5 with his trademark, long, red hair, Dennen has been lauded as a break-through success, earning acclaim from Rolling Stone, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, USA Today and more, with The Washington Post declaring him â€śa folk rock revelation.â€ť He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NPR and more.
Noah's newest EP, called Family, pays homage to the people who have shaped his life--rather than the self-aggrandizing so common to the often homogeneous world of singer-songwriters."Family comes in many forms," says Noah. "It lives with us, for better and for worse. It shapes us. Thats what this album is about."
Fittingly, a member of Noah's family, his sister Abby Gundersen, plays violin and sings vocal harmonies on the EP. Her soft voice and lush string accompaniments compliment beautifully what are a magnetic and emotionally charged group of songs. The two have been playing music together since Noah was 15 and Abby was 12 years old, while growing up in the Seattle area. They've also performed in the local band The Courage together. "The musical communication I've had with Abby is unlike anything I've experienced elsewhere. It's a really special thing. Having her with me makes me so much more confident in what I'm doing," says Noah. (Also, Abby recently moonlighted as a tour accompanist for acclaimed singer-songwriter Jarrod Gorbel).
The songs on Family are consistently impressive and defy genre. Whereas roots-tinged songs like "Family" conjure up shades of a solo Ryan Adams, the sweeping and etherial "Fire," bears similarities to the lush harmonic feats of Fleet Foxes. Perhaps the album's standout track is the pulsating "David," which combines the haunting darkness of Tom Waits with the lyrical angst of Neil Young. "The song is about who I want to be, while realizing who I am. I want to be less like my Father and more like my Dad."