#10 ON NPR'S TOP 10 BEST LIVING SONGWRITERS LIST (along side Dylan, Springsteen, Waits). David Dondero: Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst is often cited as one of the best songwriters making music today, and he's credited David Dondero for his whole sound.
NUMBER ZERO WITH A BULLET (TEAM LOVE EPK)
David Dondero from Duluth, MN is an American songwriter, guitarist, former lead singer of the band Sunbrain. In 2006, NPR's All Songs Considered named David one of the "best living songwriters" alongside Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Tom Waits. Dondero started his musical career on drums at the age of 10, due in part to the fact that he "was always drumming on stuff with my hands". Dondero released four records with the Clemson, SC-based punk/hardcore band Sunbrain (three on Grass Records and one on Ghostmeat Records), before breaking up in 1995. The following year, Dondero joined This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb for nearly two years as their drummer. He left in 1998 to focus on his solo material. He has since released seven solo albums - two with Ghostmeat Records, three with Future Farmer Records and the most recent two with Team Love Records. His eighth album, titled # Zero with a Bullet, was released on August 3, 2010. Dondero has toured with such acts as Crooked Fingers, Jolie Holland, Against Me!, The Mountain Goats, David Bazan, Preston School of Industry, Bright Eyes, Tilly and the Wall, Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew, Spoon, and Willy Mason. Dondero currently resides in Austin, TX.
The Hudson Valley based, all acoustic outfit, Yard Sale formed in 2010. YARD SALE, bring drinkin', cheatin' and hard luck tales a fresh take hewn by banjo/vocalist Taylor Davis, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Charlie Schikowitz and bassist/vocalist Theo Schikowitz. Their music conjures the spirit of early 1900’s Appalachian music with authentic country soul while delivering original heart-felt songs. Live shows tend to include art shows, amateur auctioneering and theatrics reminiscent of a street barkers carnival. The group's debut album is due out Fall 2012. Meanwhile they can be seen along the East Coast along with many Farmageddon Records bands ( Filthy Still, Goddamn Gallows, Phillip Roebuck, etc.) ~ “Who's the best new band in the Hudson Valley? YARD SALE! hands down my new favorite. Those boys kill!” — Lara Hope, Ulster Magazine