NELSONVILLE — Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, welcomes Brett Dennen on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen is a contemplative introvert, an adventurer, a communicator, a preservationist, a painter, and one of today’s most essential and unconventional vocalists and performers.
Dennen has spent the past 12 years releasing acclaimed albums and touring the world and released two brand new EP’s in 2018 Erin Rae will open the show.
His music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Dennen’s 2006 release, So Much More, officially launched him as a discovery artist and drew frequent comparisons to troubadours like Paul Simon and Tom Petty.
In 2008 his Hope for the Hopeless didn’t stray too far from the songwriter’s comfort zone, though a partnership with producer John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) led to a high level of production not yet heard on any of his albums.
In 2011, Dennen’s Loverboy was his biggest departure to date: a danceable collection of songs influenced by the road and recorded by a studio filled with friends and imperfect takes. Dennen followed that up with 2013’s Smoke & Mirrors with the renowned producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars) and working with musicians that were new to his ensemble. The year 2016 saw the release of Por Favor, another full length, before following that up with two EP’s in 2018. The Let’s EP came out early in 2018 and was just followed up this Fall with Here’s Looking At You Kid.
His critically-acclaimed work encapsulates a lifestyle that has attracted a loyal following of like-minded fans. He has incorporated his love of music, the outdoors, and wine into his live tours — not only has he embarked on a venture developing wine, Dennen annually hosts a mountain town ski Lift Series in the winter that combines music, travel, and environmental activism.
In the summer, his beach Vacationer Series supports local environmental preservation. Dennen lives in Northern California and travels extensively, from camping trips along the Sierra Nevada mountain range to climbing Everest and Kilimanjaro.
Erin Rae’s genre-fusing mix of traditional folk and indie-rock has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs, not to mention critical acclaim from some of the world’s top music media, including Rolling Stone, NPR, and the BBC. Her newest release is 2018’s Putting on Airs. The unique sound of the record is inspired by the innovative 1960s European production techniques from artists like the Beatles and Francoise Hardy, paired alongside the restraint and minimalism of modern artists like Wilco and Richard Hawley, bridging the sonic gap between classic songwriting and a modern indie-rock ethos.
The album was co-produced by engineer Dan Knobler (Rodney Crowell, Tift Merritt) and multi-instrumentalist Jerry Bernhardt. Dominic Billett also served an integral role in the collective that worked together to create the album’s innovative and varied sonic pallet, providing the perfect soundscape for Erin’s soothing vocals, bathing everything in the warmth and purity that has become her trademark sound.
Brett Dennen will perform at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville,on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6. Erin Rae will open the show. Tickets are available right now!
For more information contact 740-753-1924 or visit the website at www.stuartsoperahouse.org.