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Don DiLego

Magnificent Ram A, the forthcoming album from Don DiLego, saw its roots form in Portland, OR with producer/engineer Gregg Williams (Blitzen Trapper, Dandy Warhols, The Decemberists), and wind its way back East to the wooded Pennsylvania retreat that is Velvet Elk Studios. Many of those original sessions found their way onto his last album, 2012’s Western & Atlantic, which won an Independent Music Award for “Best Roots/Alt Country Album.  ”The remnants of those original sessions form the foundation of a project he’s long thought about…a collection of click-track free analog recordings that embrace their imperfections and happy accidents. On the heels of producing the recent releases from Jesse Malin (New York Before the War, Outsiders) and Hollis Brown (Loaded, 3 Shots), Don set aim at finishing the album that’s never been far from his mind. An album that would be, perhaps, less meticulous in process than his critically acclaimed Photographs of 1971. From the thunderous drone of the opening track “Karma King,” to the more intimate and personal one-take vision of “Idiot Heart,” it’s his most ambitious set of recordings to date. Don and his band, The Touristas, have recently completed two full European Tours in 2016, and will be touring the US and Canada in the fall. Though writing has already begun on the next record, look for continued touring in support of “Magnificent Ram A” well into 2017, and well before his imminent demise.

  • “DiLego brings a stunner of a record that showcases his songwriting talents throughout”.–Paste Magazine
  •  “Don DiLego is quickly becoming the “Next Big Thing,” in the Americana-Indie-Folk scene.”–No Depression
  •  “Magnificent Ram A is the album you’ve been dreaming of”–BuzzFeed
  •  “One to watch”–The Guardian
  •  “Fully convincing country-folk”– New York Daily News
  •  “A record that hangs together like a star spangled cosmic nudie suit. This is country ‘cool’ ”-Americana UK
  •  “One of this generation’s best up-and-coming singer-songwriters “- Blogcritics Magazine
  •  “Gutsy rock-n-roll with a self-reliant drive “-Hear Music
  •  “New York City’s emerging folk-twang songsmith, Don DiLego, is alt-country’s next poster boy.” /RollingStone.com

Accomplishments & Awards

  •  Winner- IMA 2013 Roots /Americana Album of the Year
  •  IMA 2007 Finalist Best Rock Album “Photographs of 1971”
  •  Winner -Best International Song for “Falling Into Space” –Australian Songwriting Association
  •  2x International Songwriting Competition Finalist
  •  Bonnaroo, Atlantis Showcase, CMJ, Light of Day UK & US
  •  World Cafe Featured Artist
  •  NPR All Songs Considered Feature
  •  Feature Film Score Composer “Ranchero”
  •  Songs used for HBO, NBC, Victoria Secret, M


December 12 2016


Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $15
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