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Concert Thu Nov 08 2007

David Dondero And Some Other Guy At Beat Kitchen Tomorrow

I know I should write about the headliner of tomorrow night's show at the Beat Kitchen. I know that Richard Buckner is revered like few others in the music world. His fans are rabid, often comparing notes about set lists as if he was the second coming of Bruce Springsteen, Elliott Smith and Kurt Cobain all rolled into one manic depressive singer songwriter. His songs range from the simple to the impenetrable and usually fit musically into a down-tempo americana mold. I know I should write about Richard Buckner but I won't.

That's because David Dondero is opening for him at the Beat Kitchen on Nov. 9. David Dondero uses the fairly conventional folk song structure (folk like Woody Guthrie not Tracy Chapman) to get across his often unconventional ideas about love, sex, politics and faith. His songs are more linear than Richard Buckner's and often tell a good (autobiographical) story. The only complaint I've ever heard about Dondero is that he sounds a little bit like Bright Eyes (that could be one of the reasons he's signed to Connor Oberst's Team Love Records). But that's a non-starter since David Dondero predates the appearance of Bright Eyes by several years.

David Dondero's new record Simple Love is a follow-up to his critically acclaimed release South Of The South. On "Rothko Chapel" David explores his ideas about faith and religion through an example of an unconventional church in Texas that has Rothko canvases hanging in the alter.
He goes on to explain that his religion is in "nature, art and literacy". It's a beautiful song that somehow manages to morph into a love song for a woman who's heart is like the Rothko Chapel. This should be a great show, get there early and don't miss a minute of David Dondero's set. More info at the Beat Kitchen website here.

[mp3]: David Dondero - "Rothko Chapel"

[mp3]: David Dondero - "When The Heart Breaks Deep"

Bonus mp3:

[mp3]: David Dondero - "Separation"

 
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