Northern California based singer songwriter Brett Dennen performed a solo set on Friday Night at the Armory in Downtown Fort Collins to a sold out crowd comprised of many ardent female followers, some middle-aged couples and a few teeny-bopper types. An accomplished guitar player who has uses his soulful chops to conjure up images of John Mayer, Mr Dennen also seems to have borrowed his style a bit from the legendary John Fahey with his finger pickin’ and plucking approach to the instrument. Instantly hummable songs that sound familiar even during first listening combined with a pro typical folk singer style involving frequent guitar tuning and long pauses before addressing his audience are not just tolerated but actually embraced by his dedicated fans who on numerous occasions called out specific songs when the artist appeared to be at a loss for the next selection. The audience was also more than capable of finishing verses or lending a hand on song choruses at that slightest urging. A high-pitched unique vocal style reminiscent of a nasally Paul Simon lends a trademark style to songs that are mostly about love lost or found and the daily experiences of a young man still embracing some of his adolescence. With a new album on the way this year, we will certainly be hearing more from this rather shy and modest performer and story teller.
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