David Dondero is a true American troubadour if ever such a thing could be such a thing. He has been performing for a long time, but as as a solo artist he really came into his own when he signed onto Conor Oberst's record label, Team Love, and released South of the South in 2005. His songs about traveling across the country are honest and heartfelt; don't confuse heartfelt with sensitive, because Dondero has tough skin and typically isn't afraid to tell it to you straight in his lyrics.
Dondero is a welcome face at the Hi-Dive, having performed there atleast once every year that I've lived in Denver. His last release was 2011's A Pre-existing Condition on Ghostmeat Records, which includes some nice covers from blues and country artists like Lowell George and Charley Pride. Like any true songwriter worth his salt, I'm sure Dondero will surprise us with some new tracks he has been working on (he had a new song to share back in February in Brooklyn, a show where the picture below was taken). If you are new to the music of David Dondero, I included one of my favorite songs here for you to check out.
Elliot Moonshine & the Ghost and The Maykit will both be opening for David Dondero tonight. Both bands are based in Denver, so it will be interesting to see how the local talent shapes up to Mr. Dondero. Here are a couple of tracks from those two groups - check it out:
Tonight's show is 18 and up; doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Check out the Hi-Dive's website for more event details.