Celebrating his fantastic sixth album Por Favor, recorded here in Nashville with famed producer Dave Cabb, acclaimed singer-songwriter Brett Dennen is set to return to town for his first Music City show in a couple of years tonight, Oct. 14 at City Winery with breakout sister duo Lily & Madeleine. With a versatile, accessible, and personal style, Dennen has, over the past decade, become one of the most skilled songwriters of his generation, and if you want to see him in action, you can still grab tickets right here. Read on for full details about the lineup below!
Hailing from central California, singer-songwriter Brett Dennen grew up in a musical household, encouraged from a very young age to pursue his passion, nurtured by his free spirited family and home-schooled until attending UC Santa Cruz. Though he’s been effectively making music his whole life, his formal debut came in his eponymous 2004 first album, released on a boutique indie label, which quickly helped gain a following, and eventually leading Dennen to snag a deal with Dualtone (and, subsequently, make the major label jump). Drawing heavily folk rooted influences while blurring genre lines and incorporating plenty of rock and pop sensibilities, Brett has dropped a steady string of albums over the last decade, earning critical praise and commercial placements, landing on the road with big name artists like John Mayer, and appearing at countless festivals. With so much pop accessibility, Dennen’s songs have found lots of crossover appeal, and he’s used his platform over the years to focus on many charitable causes. Though Brett has become decidedly more experimental on his last few records, his latest, this year’s Por Favor, might be the most distinct and best of all, managing to deconstruct his sound, and to dive into some of the most personal, emotionally resonant material of the singer’s impressive career. Recorded right here in Nashville and helmed by Grammy winner producer Dave Cobb, Por Favor is easily one of the year’s best efforts, and should be more than enough reason to have you as excited about Brett Dennen as ever!
LILY & MADELEINE
Though relatively new to the scene, Indianapolis folk pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine have already managed to craft three full-lengths in the span of just four years, quickly finding a passionate following thanks to their haunting, harmony-laden, and dreamy sound. The group got their start uploading singing videos to YouTube in their teens, soon connecting with a producer to craft their first batch of studio recordings. Met with immediate critical acclaim, the gals have since become popular touring artists, and with each passing release their sound gets more mature and expansive. For their latest, Keep it Together, the sisters largely wrote separately, capturing unique musical perspectives and brining in two friends and multi-instrumentalists to help flesh out their sound. The result is Lily & Madeleine’s most emotionally nuanced, personal, and layered album to date, making them an enticing and impressive choice to open this show. Don’t miss out!
Brett Dennen and Lily & Madeleine will perform tonight, Oct. 14 at City Winery. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $20-30.