Donavon Frankenreiter: Receive a free copy of Donavonâs new CD Start Livinâ at the show!

JAM Productions and Double Door Present

Donavon Frankenreiter: Receive a free copy of Donavon’s new CD Start Livin’ at the show!

Ed Anderson of Backyard Tire Fire & Magic Box, Darrick Thompson

Friday, October 26, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

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Donavon Frankenreiter
Donavon Frankenreiter
To create his fifth full-length album Start Livin', Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a Southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy - and no one else. The follow-up to 2010's Glow, Start Livin' is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter's rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin' bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter.

"Start Livin' is basically a love album," says Frankenreiter, who co-produced the record alongside Matt Grundy and Adam Ableman. "Most of the songs are about my wife and our two boys, and the life that we've built together in Hawaii." Thanks to Frankenreiter's infectious warmth and finely honed pop sensibilities, each of those songs has the singular effect of drawing the listener into that bright and breezy world for a blissed-out moment.

Essential to the record's playful feel is Frankenreiter's inspired use of instrumentation. "This album's completely unlike anything I've ever done before, in that we skipped the basics and went for a whole lot of different instruments," he says. "We never brought in a drum set-instead there's handclapping for percussion, or the two of us banging on pots and pans. We were using everything from bells to singing bowls to Zippo lighters; at one point we put some beans and salts in a can and shook it around." Grundy played a key role in the wildly varied sounds on Start Livin', according to Frankenreiter. "Matt was playing ukulele and lap steel guitar and banjo - he'd grab an instrument and we'd do a take live and just build the track up from that. It was a real fun vibe." Despite that kitchen-sink approach, Start Livin' never comes off as cluttered. Each of the songs shines with a crisp, clean sound perfectly suited to the album's sunny spirit: "You" achieves a hypnotic dreaminess by layering lap steel over beautifully crooned harmonies and a twinkling acoustic riff; "I Can Lose" matches its island-breezy guitars with shimmering mandolin; and a gracefully plucked banjo backs up Frankenreiter's hushed, heart-on-sleeve lyrics on the quietly epic "Together Forever." On "Shine," meanwhile, ocean-wave-like effects merge with a swaying melody and smitten lyrics ("You and I, girl, are like a sun and moon/Lately you've been in orbit in my head like a good summer tune").

While love songs serve as the album's centerpiece, Frankenreiter also explores non-romantic love throughout Start Livin'. The gloriously ragtag "Same Lullaby," for instance, makes a sweetly hopeful plea for world peace. "I wrote that song a little while after the tsunami in Japan, thinking how lucky I was to have a family and be alive," Frankenreiter recalls. "The line that goes 'I believe the world could be fine if we could all sing the same lullaby'-that's me hoping we could all just get together and be on the same wavelength even for just one moment." On the irresistibly toe-tapping "Just Love," Frankenreiter turns his focus to his two sons, Ozzy and Hendrix. "Sometimes my kids'll get scared of things in the dark-you know, the monster under the bed," he says. "So that song's me telling them, 'Instead of thinking there's something bad there, think of it as just love creeping in. Embrace it. Talk to it.'"

Elsewhere on Start Livin', Frankenreiter hones in on more heavy-handed matters. Undoubtedly the album's most somber moment, "A.I." pays tearful tribute to Frankenreiter's friend Andy Irons (a professional surfer who passed away in November 2010). "I'd never been that close to someone who passed away before. The song's about me telling Andy that I just wish I could see him one more time," says Frankenreiter of "A.I.," which pairs pained lyrics ("Help me get through another day away from you") with gentle guitar melodies and shushing percussion. Frankenreiter also says goodbye to a friend on "West Coast Fool," but this time it's a wistful takedown of "a Southern man with big ol' Southern plans." A high-minded twist on the typical kiss-off track, "West Coast Fool" pulls off the unlikely feat of seamlessly blending banjo twang with the soothing hum of a Tibetan singing bowl.

For Frankenreiter, the essence of Start Livin' is most fully captured in its album-opening title track. Accented by handclaps and a stick-in-your-head harmonies, "Start Livin'" is a feel-good, uptempo call to "celebrate tonight." "To me the most beautiful thing about this record is it really reflects who I am today," says Frankenreiter. "Start Livin' means stop worrying about where you've been, where you're going-just start embracing what you have around you. Start loving what you have right now."
Ed Anderson of Backyard Tire Fire & Magic Box
Ed Anderson of Backyard Tire Fire & Magic Box
After teaching at the college level for 2 years and defending a Thesis on friendship, Ed Anderson earned a Master’s Degree from Illinois State University in Interpersonal Communication in 1997. Upon completion of graduate school, Ed promptly took to the road where he remained for the next 15 years. Most notably he fronted the Bloomington based rock & roll band Backyard Tire Fire and over the course of a decade wrote and recorded 6 albums and 2 EPs and toured relentlessly through 45 states and 5 Canadian provinces, sharing stages with ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Cracker, and Govt Mule (to name a few), gaining national and international attention along the way.

BTF’s 2010 release Good to Be was produced by the Grammy winning Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and received regular airplay nationally on over sixty AAA stations including WXRT-Chicago. The band twice appeared on the PBS program Sun Studio Sessions, played NPR’s nationally syndicated Mountain Stage, and was even invited to perform on Lynrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man Cruise.

Currently Ed and longtime musical collaborator Scott Tipping have assembled a new project based out of Chicago called Magic Box that has recently released a self-titled EP and have opened for folks like Peter Himmelman and Chicago super group Candy Golde.

In addition, Ed has just released his debut solo EP Low-Fi Goodness and has supported acts such as Blind Boys of Alabama, The Flatlanders, Shelby Lynne, The Barr Brothers, and Jackie Greene (amongst others).
Darrick Thompson
Darrick Thompson
Darrick Thompson emerges as a vibrant songsmith eager to share his poignant brand of storytelling. Since his 2009 full-length debut, ‘I Was an Aeroplane’, Thompson has captivated audiences with his polished tenor and dexterous melodies. Thompson’s music offers a bouquet of complex themes and pays homage to soul, folk, rock, and popular music.

Thompson’s sophomore record and first full-band effort
, ‘Liar’, set for a July 31st release, debuts songs with an eclectic assortment of soundscapes and narratives. Spanning a broad range of subject matter, ‘Liar’ recounts the wanderings, ambitions and failures of a small cast of flawed yet tenacious characters, each one reflecting Thompson’s own precarious growth as an artist and a man.

Raised in the foothills of Washington State, Thompson developed his keen sense of melody at age 10 when he first began playing guitar. Darrick Thompson’s music grants listeners a raw glimpse into the contemplative and sometimes brooding mindset of a young wayfarer in transition, while remaining indubitably optimistic and tuneful. Thompson affirms his sound with the effortless candor of a seasoned storyteller and a fervent stage presence.
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