Brett Dennen
Plus: Andrew Belle
Brett Dennen's delightful new album Smoke & Mirrors is a return to the folk and acoustic music he grew up with in the Sierra Nevada mountains. 
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“It was time to get back to basics.”  Brett Dennen says of his fifth record, Smoke & Mirrors. “I wanted to return to the folk and acoustic music I loved when I began writing. I decided to tap into my memories and explore new emotional territory as honestly as I could.”  Brett’s 2006 debut, So Much More, 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.  Brett has always found inspiration beyond his music as well.  A talented visual artist and watercolorist, he’s incorporated his paintings into his shows, and into his relationship with fans. He’s climbed Everest and Kilimanjaro, guitar in hand, in support of several important non-profits, including The Impact Plan and the Love Hope Strength Foundation. And his unique taste and appreciation for food and drink is now on display through the launch of his new venture Dennen Wines.  Brett’s irresistible spirit runs through it all. 

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