David Dondero (2015)

Duluth, MN

A Midwestern troubadour through and through, Dondero occasionally wipes the heart off his sleeve for a wry observation or a knowing reference, but otherwise it's straight shooting: A man, his guitar and a raft of stories to tell. NPR calls him one of the ten best songwriters alive; his sparse picking and warbling tenor display his melancholy masterpieces plainly.