General Info Members:Brett Dennen on Acoustic guitar Biography: Hailing from Oakdale, California this 29 year old singer-songwriter has shared the stage with many big names. He's gained some fame through his solo albums that preach good times and common sense. Generally a feel-good listen, Brett has shared the stage with many artists including Rodrigo y Gabriela, John Mayer, and John Butler. He's released 3 major label studio albums as well as a few live EPs and has been involved in activism as far as I can tell.
Rolling Stone says: Not many rockers are versed in wilderness survival. But Brett Dennen is the exception. The laid-back folk rocker spent his early twenties as a camp counselor in Yosemite, California, leading teens on backpacking trips through the Sierra Nevada mountains. The kids in his crew, many of whom were forced into the Outward Bound-style program by social workers or probation officers, weren't exactly suited for the environment, but he taught them how to purify water and set up shelter. "I pushed them to their limits," says Dennen, who was home-schooled by his mom, a gardener, and his dad, a carpenter, in Northern California. "We used to go boot skiing, where you can catch a snow patch and ski in your shoes. There were times when I had to tackle kids who were veering too close to the edge."
Sounds Like Genre: Acoustic Rock, folk rock, singer-songwriter, pop Similar Artists: Jack Johnson, John Butler Similar Bonnaroo Artists: Ben Harper, Todd Snider, other singer-songwriters
Suggested Listening Aint no Reason
Make you Crazy
By and By
Don't Think Twice it's All Right
Come Together (feat. John Butler)
Aint No Reason (live)
Physical Reaction/Live Show During the day on Sunday, this will be a relaxed yet bouncy set. You should definitely be bobbing your head or doing a little dancin' and shakin'. It should be a really perfect mid-day act.
Interesting Facts - Has appeared on talk shows for Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and Ellen Degeneres - Was one of Rolling Stone's 2007 Artists to Watch (click here) -Dennen has been a part of The Mosaic Project, a San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit organization, since its inception. The Mosaic Project works towards a peaceful future by uniting young children of diverse backgrounds, providing them with essential skills to thrive in an increasingly diverse society, and empowering them to strive for peace.
Personal Notes To be honest - i've only discovered Dennen this past year. I got into his 3rd album based on reviews I read and a friend lending it to me. I got excited to see him on the festival circuit. Bonnaroo will be a great show and if you want laid back, good time music check it out.
I saw Brett Dennen when he came through Nashville in January. The crowd really put a damper on his show for me, but overall, it was a great show. His tunes are catchy and his voice is distinctive. Hi show in Nashville had a great laid-back vibe; he had incense burning, lots of carpets and tapestries, and performed barefoot. You'd better believe there will be lots of ladies dancing at this show