David Dondero in-studio, 9-22-07
David Dondero's been doing some hard travelin'. Of course, if you've listened to any of his six releases, the tales he weaves stretching from the Deep South and the Carolinas to Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge have told you as much. Yes, Dondero's a troubadour in the truest sense of the term, turning his varied travels into songs filled with highways, preachers, and booze, with the occasional fantasy thrown in for good measure (it's no mistake that album closer "Double Murder Ballad Suicide" morphs halfway through into the spitting image of Jack Kerouac's Steve Allen-backed television appearances).
Dondero's latest, Simple Love, is his second for Conor Oberst's Team Love label and yet another collection of tunes worthy of the respect he's been earning over the past decade or so. We talk to him about the new release, life on the road, and his newest passion: deep-sea fishing off of the Carolina coast.