Amoeba San Francisco - November 18th @ 5:30pm
Brett Dennen's latest album Smoke and Mirrors (out now) is a return to form, taking him back to his roots both sonically and aesthetically, yet with more confidence and maturity than ever before.
Dennen's wunderkind rise has been impressive. In 2004, Dennen released his self-titled debut, followed quickly by his sophomore LP So Much More (2006,) which spent months on the Billboard Heatseeker chart. The release drew the attention of John Mayer, for whom Dennen opened in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 the artist released his follow-up, Hope for the Hopeless, which debuted at #41 on the Billboard Top 200 and firmly established Dennen as a definitive new voice in modern songwriting. He's worked with Femi Kuti, Natalie Merchant, and Jason Mraz; he's toured with Dave Matthews, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and The John Butler Trio; and he's played Bonarroo, Austin City Limits, Coachella, Outside Lands, and Newport Folk Festival. He's also become the go-to guy for some of the best and most artfully soundtracked contemporary TV shows. His songs have appeared on Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy, Parenthood, Brothers & Sisters, and House among others.
Dennen first started playing guitar and mandolin to amuse the kids while working as a camp counselor. Once Dennen got the feel for writing his own material, he couldn't stop. "It was suddenly like, I kind of need to do this," he remembers.
Dennen spent the next few years touring. After the overwhelming success of his fourth album 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 LA comfort zone to work with virtual strangers. Peacock explains, “Brett 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.” The resulting 10-song set features Dennen’s strongest and most cohesive collection to date.
Smoke and Mirrors, Dennen’s fifth studio album, is the culmination of his transition from a coffeehouse folk singer to a celebrated and critically acclaimed front man. Standing 6’5 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 “a folk rock revelation.” He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NPR, and more.
Brett Dennon is also playing later that night at The Independent.