About seven years ago next January we stumbled into a David Dondero set at the Knitting Factory in New York. Pretty sure he was there opening for Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett, who were playing unplugged on a night that went in the books as one of New York's coldest in decades. We had heard Dondero's The Transient and loved it and by the time he finished strumming through older cut "Michael Raines," we were convinced: his was quiet fire, everyone needed to hear him. But they haven't unfortunately. Since then, Dondero has released two albums under Conor Oberst's Team Love banner, neither of which have made a splash and all of which have led the Midwest-bred, Austin-based bard back and forth across the country a few dozen times while touring in his car. His latest, #Zero With A Bullet, is another display of stirring, classic rock-backed poesy that the ears at NPR are streaming in advance of its release date next week. Definitely head over there now and have a listen.
(Photo by Josephine Heidepriem)