Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes stopped by to sing on some songs last night to cap my final night in the studio in Omaha with Mike Mogis and the gang. Can't wait to share this new music with the world, but in the meantime I'm excited to return to New Jersey for the annual Light of Day benefit to raise funds for Parkinson's research before I hit the road with Stephen Kellogg in the midwest and south. Lots more news to share soon, so stay tuned and stay warm (it's -15 here with the wind chill). Happy New Year!
That's A Wrap!
NPR Premieres New Demo
The cat's outta the bag! I'm making a new record with Mike Mogis and some of the good folks of Bright Eyes/The Faint/Cursive, but first, NPR is premiering this exclusive bedroom demo of a new song called "If You're Gonna Build A Wall." The track is my reaction to being stuck home with a broken finger and bombarded by the 24-hour news cycle. It's just a sketch of what it will become in the studio, but the social and political issues in it are ones that have been on my mind a lot lately, and I don't think I'm alone in that, so I felt compelled to share it now. Hope you enjoy and share it, too. I'm on the road for the next month with David Wax Musem for the next month, so come say hi!
Fall Tour Dates w/ Valerie June, David Wax Museum, and Israel Nash
Greetings from Denver, CO! I had a blast on the road with Bombadil and Kingsley Flood through the southeast, and I'm happy to announce the fall is about to get real busy with a month of dates with David Wax Museum being added to already announced shows with Valerie June and Israel Nash. I'll be covering the whole country before Christmas, so I hope to see you real soon. Tickets for all shows are on-sale now on the tour page!
"If It Don't Work Out" Video Premiere
Excited to share the news that Zooey Deschanel's Hello Giggles is exclusively premiering the official video for "If It Don't Work Out" today! They call it "one of the most heartbreaking songs we've ever heard," and it was beautifully animated by Lea Furnion. Check it out above and read the whole write-up here: http://hellogiggles.com/most-beautiful-breakup-song/
Greetings from Australia
After a fantastic tour across the midwest with Ben Folds, I jumped on a 22-hour flight for the trip of a lifetime here in Australia. I played six shows over two nights to raise funds for The Light of Day Foundation's quest to end Parkinson's Disease, and I was humbled by the generosity, hard work, and hospitality of everyone involved. This is the 13th country I've performed in for Light of Day, and I'm honored to be able to use my music to make whatever difference I can for a cause I truly believe in, and I feel privileged to travel and meet such amazing people on their home turf. After the shows, I got to visit a wildlife rescue sanctuary and pet a koala, mingle with wild kangaroos on a golf course, drive on the Great Ocean Road, feed penguins at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, watch the sun set over Bondi Beach, and eat dinner at the iconic opera house among other unforgettable experiences. I've fallen in love with Australia and I'm sad to say goodbye, but I'll boarding a flight for New York soon, and I can't wait to see all my hometown crew at the Music Hall of Williamsburg August 7 when I open for the brilliant Justin Townes Earle. If you don't already, like me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/anthonydamatomusic) or follow me on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/anthdamatomusic) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/anthdamatomusic) for lots of photos from my travels!
New Dates w/ Ben Folds, Bombadil, Kingsley Flood + more
After a memorable (and sweaty) tour through the south, I'm looking forward to some cooler mountain weather this weekend when I return to Oregon to open for the brilliant Ben Folds at BrittFest. I'm also thrilled to announce new fall dates back down south with Bombadil and Kingsley Flood on my way to the Americana Festival in Nashville this September. Visit the Tour page for a full run-down of everything coming up, including two hometown NYC shows: a full-band headlining performance at City Winery's Hudson Square Music Festival (with special guest The Dove & The Wolf) July 7, and a solo set with Justin Townes Earle at the Music Hall of Williamsburg August 7. See you on the road!
Australia, Justin Townes Earle & more
I had an absolute blast this weekend playing the Gentlemen Of The Road Festival with Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, The Flaming Lips, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, and all the other amazing artists. I'm getting ready to hit the road for a couple weeks of full band shows in the US, but before that I'm excited to announce I'll be making my debut in Australia July 24-25 to benefit the Light of Day Foundation and their quest to end Parkinson's (more info: http://www.lightofdayaustralia.com/) and sharing a bill much closer to home with the incredible Justin Townes Earle at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on August 7 (tickets here: http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/event/855151-justin-townes-earle-...). Check out the Tour page for up-to-date show info, and hope to see you on the road this summer!
Dates w/ Mumford & Sons, Band of Heathens & more
Thrilled to announce I've been invited to join Mumford & Sons at their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover show in Seaside Heights, NJ, June 5 along with Alabama Shakes, Jenny Lewis, The Flaming Lips, Dawes, and more! The show kicks off a month of full-band dates that'll bring me to Texas with Band of Heathens and Nashville with Sister Sparrow, with a whole slew of headlining shows in between. But first I'll be wrapping up the current west coast tour and joining Marshall Crenshaw for a special show back home in New York. Tickets for all shows on sale now (see Shows page).
May 12 - Berkeley, CA - Freight & Salvage #
May 13 - San Francisco, CA - Private Event #
May 15 - Santa Monica, CA - McCabe's #
May 16 - San Diego, CA - Lestat's
May 28 - New York, NY - City Winery &
May 30 - Pottstown, PA - Sly Fox Brewery
June 5 - Seaside Heights, NJ - Gentlemen of the Road Stopover %
June 10 - Denton, TX - Dan's Silver Leaf @
June 11 - Fayetteville, AR - Gulley Park
June 16 - Exton, PA @ Eaglevile Town Center
June 17 - Ashland, VA - Ashland Coffee & Tea
June 18 - Charlotte, NC - US National Whitewater Center
June 19 - Gatlinburg, TN - Sugarlands Distilling Co
June 20 - Knoxville, TN - Barley's Taproom
June 21 - Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley +
# w/ Liz Longley
& w/ Marshall Crenshaw
% w/ Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, and more
@ w/ Band of Heathens
+ w/ Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
I visited the good folks at Audiotree in Chicago to film an exclusive acoustic performance in their studio. Check out the gorgeous footage and download the whole session here: http://audiotree.tv/session/anthony-damato/
Village Voice Essay on NYC, Lenny Kaye, and Marah
The Village Voice asked me to pen a short essay about an interesting New York day I had recently, which culminated with me being briefly on-stage with Marah and Lenny Kaye (of the Patti Smith Group) at The Bowery Electric. It was a nice chance to reflect on how grateful I am for so much, and why this city is so special. Hope you enjoy: http://bit.ly/1Dd9CbO
The Shipwreck From The Shore
- Was A Time
- Back Back Back
- Good and Ready
- Hard To Say
- If It Don't Work Out
- Middle Ground
- No Not Tonight
- Cold Comfort
- Calico, Alone
Was A Time [Official Video]
If It Don't Work Out (Last.fm Sessions)
NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Good And Ready [Official Video]
Ludlow [Official Video]
Calico, Alone [Official Video]
About Anthony D'Amato
Recorded with members of Bon Iver, Megafaun, and Josh Ritter's band, Anthony D'Amato's New West Records debut, The Shipwreck From The Shore, has earned praise everywhere from NPR and The NY Times (who premiered the album) to SPIN and Billboard to Uncut and Entertainment Weekly for its brand of heavy-hearted folk shot through with electric streaks of rock and roll. Veering away from the homemade DIY production style that marked his early work, D'Amato relocated to producer Sam Kassirer's Great North Sound Society, an 18th-century farmhouse-turned-studio in rural Maine, to cut the album raw and fast in just eleven days.
D'Amato first came to national attention with 2010's Down Wires, which he recorded with a single microphone in his college bedroom and NPR dubbed "a modern folk gem." He followed it up with another home recording, Paper Back Bones, which BBC Scotland named one of the Best Americana Albums of 2012. Since then he's shared bills with Josh Ritter, Justin Townes Earle, Rhett Miller, Pete Yorn, Ben Kweller, Bleachers, Ben Folds, Joe Pug, Shawn Colvin, Twin Peaks, Band of Heathens, and more, in addition to performing at the iconic Newport Folk Festival, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Festival, and the Americana Festival in Nashville, where his set was named one NPR's favorite live performances of the year.
“D’Amato sings and writes in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen or Josh Ritter” - NPR
“Brilliant.” - BBC
“Turns heartbreak into cheery folk.” - SPIN
“Strikes every right note, incorporating classic folk, pop and and even a little punk rebellion.” - USA TODAY
“Catchy.” - TIME
“D’Amato has a way with words.” - BILLBOARD
“A rich sound that has as much depth as it does popular appeal.” - PASTE
“Jauntily fatalistic.” - NY MAG
“Self assured and deceptively mature.” - WORLD CAFE
“Soulful.” - WALL STREET JOURNAL