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David Dondero – Rothko Chapel

From the acclaimed songwriting troubadour David Dondero comes Simple Love, the follow up to his critically lauded 2005 release, South of the South. Few songwriters have experienced and expressed the sinking depths and uplifting optimism of humanity like David Dondero, and his ability to shine a light on the human condition (his own included) is inspiring. Dondero is best known for his narrative tales of America. Having spent most of his life on the road, Dave uses his staggering lyrical talent to paint tales of life in the US of A through clever word play and sarcastic humor (as represented in the album title) about some of life’s most sensitive subjects. Simple Love is a poignant collection of songs woven with sentimentality, contempt, humor, and lust.

Simple Love was recorded and produced by Mike Vasquez in Austin, TX at Sweatbox Studios immediately after the original Sweatbox was burned to the ground. Ringing in the new and celebrating the old, David recruited long-time friend Craig D, Dave’s drummer and tour companion, as well as some of Austin’s best local musicians to accompany him during the sessions. Recorded on tape with minimal overdubs, the record features many new songs and a handful of unreleased tracks.

Veering away from the acoustic folk arrangements of previous albums, Simple Love, broadens its instrumental library and tackles much darker subjects of loss, lost love and death. Dondero sings “Rothko Chapel” about a non-denominational church in Texas which has blank paintings by Mark Rothko, meant to evoke soul discovery, strung about the walls. Spending an interesting summer in Alaska (“The Prince William Sound”), escaping reality at a favorite spot (“Mighty Mississippi”), feeling “stuck” in Oakland, CA (“Stuck on the Moon”), and an often requested live favorite about a Golden Gate bridge “jumper” (“Double Murder Ballad Suicide”) connect the highway lines into a collection of literate, impressionistic, folk-blues mini-epics.

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  1. TheBrianWilde
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:15 | #1

    Conor this, David …
    Conor this, David that… whatever, just let me listen.

  2. ccsbandwagon
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:15 | #2

    What a song. On …
    What a song. On countless fronts.

  3. 999rapist
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:16 | #3

    he looks like a …
    he looks like a mixtue of dane cook and the lead singer of the offspring haha.

  4. orbis2009
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:16 | #4

    David, do rosary! …
    David, do rosary! Great song.

  5. puppyslut22
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:16 | #5

    awesome stuff.
    awesome stuff.

  6. dillonellis
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:16 | #6

    Please give a …
    Please give a listen to my orignial song. It’s my first and only video post, so far.

  7. Joe3Castillo
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:16 | #7

    Ha-ha! He wants to …
    Ha-ha! He wants to laugh at 3:38.

  8. AvadaKedavraoooo
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:17 | #8

    David Dondero is …
    David Dondero is one of Conor’s biggest influences.

  9. BrighteyesTele
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:17 | #9

    he has been playing …
    he has been playing music a year before he was born, so he has like 14 years of experiance on him, not that much

  10. aricandisgood
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:17 | #10

    Bright Eyes sounds …
    Bright Eyes sounds like David Dondero.

    David’s been doing this since Connor was in diapers.

  11. Link4Owns
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:17 | #11

    watch this on acid
    watch this on acid

  12. iamnotashton
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:17 | #12

    im in love with …
    im in love with this song.

  13. nscuriel
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:17 | #13

    i was just chilling …
    i was just chilling in the rothko chapel today, rainy day, spent like half an hour in there waiting for a cab. cool place.

  14. iamnotashton
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:17 | #14

    This song is …
    This song is amazing.

  15. johnmorisi8
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:17 | #15

    oh, well conor says …
    oh, well conor says that this guy is one of his biggest inspirations

  16. jxwhee
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:17 | #16

    nah I just heard …
    nah I just heard this dude on last fm. I dig it though. Nothing wrong with sounding like bright eyes,.

  17. johnmorisi8
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:18 | #17

    im guessin u …
    im guessin u watched the interview n came here too? lol…. but ya, definitly the voice n the guitar, this is a bit more bluesy though… love bright eyes, and conor

  18. jxwhee
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:18 | #18

    sounds exactly like …
    sounds exactly like bright eyes

  19. ChristianMierda
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:18 | #19

    In bought Simple …
    In bought Simple Love directly from him not too long ago at he Unknown Theatre in LA! Dude, I was extatic!

  20. ChristianMierda
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:18 | #20

    That was really …
    That was really cool thing to do for one of my idols. David Dondero’s music runs through my veins!

  21. suuzzee5
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:18 | #21

    Incredibly awesome …
    Incredibly awesome songwriter…

  22. ulibuds
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:18 | #22

    best to just order …
    best to just order his cd’s off his website.

  23. mrcircle
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:18 | #23

    I caught him back …
    I caught him back in 2000 w/ This Bike is a Pipe Bomb. Loved his & their music ever since.

  24. deathdying
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:19 | #24

    omg, they booed him …
    omg, they booed him. thats horrible. its gotta feel horrible to be booed.

  25. sparklepicnic
    May 12th, 2010 at 01:19 | #25

    I think you might …
    I think you might have a of a time without a hip used record store near you. Future Farmers might have some, but iTUNES and snowcap might be your best bet.

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