Bart DavenportBooker: Carsten Friedrichs
A few words about Bart for whoever it may concern: Bart Davenport grew up in California, devoured his hippie parents' vinyl collection and learned to play guitar at 8 years. He was frontman for The Loved Ones and The Kinetics. His first Solo Album Bart Davenport came out in 2002. He has toured with Kings Of Convenience and opened for many of his heroes, including Arthur Lee, Robyn Hitchcock, Jonathan Richman and John Lee Hooker. His second Solo album Game Preserve came out in 2003, Maroon Cocoon followed in 2005. The absolutely brilliant Palaces came out in 2008. Bart is also the singer in Honeycut.
One of California’s coolest songwriter/performers... we are very, very proud to give you this totally fab collection of tracks... this is... SEARCHING FOR BART DAVENPORT
"At the turn of the century I found myself at a crossroads, transforming from axeless frontman into solo voyager. I clearly was a singer already but I also wanted to write. I spent days, months, years cocooning, trying to become a songwriter. Time flew by and eventually I reemerged with a handful of decent tunes and lyrics. I’ve been fortunate to have so many friends around, musicos who’ve helped me record those little gems. I’ve performed on what feels like a thousand stages and often, out of pragmatism I’m alone up there. Also, along the way I‘ve taken to performing the songs of my heroes. That these cover versions should fit so seamlessly into one of my sets could be seen as living proof of just how derivative my own music is. If that’s true, I’m not bothered by it. In performance, I tend to forget which ones are mine and which ones are theirs. I forget where the songwriter ends and the singer begins. Or perhaps I’ve been trying subconsciously to reveal my influences for a long, long time.
COME ON, LET’S GO (Broadcast) One nice thing about acoustic performance is that you can strip a song of all its ornate garments and shimmering jewelry just to reveal its inner beauty.
CAYMAN ISLANDS (Kings of Convenience) I owe a great deal of thanks to Erlend and Eirik for taking me on the road back when quiet was the new loud. Night after night, this song set my mind adrift to places I’d never seen, like the places we go in dreams.
MARIA BETHÅNIA (Caetano Veloso) A postcard from an artist in exile and a loving indictment/homage to a famous sister, its a song full of absolutes and silliness too. I think we all have someone in our lives that can inspire such contradictory feelings and observations.
I THINK I HAD NO ARMS (Sandycoates) The Moore Brothers are my favorite present day band and if you haven’t listened to them yet, then it’s high time. This one comes from Greg Moore, originally released as a solo track under the pseudonym, Sandycoates.
YOU GET BRIGHTER (Incredible Stringband) I’ve been told that Mike Heron may have borrowed some of these lyrics from a translation of the Bhagavad-Gita. The Stringband were just another one of my mom’s old hippy records until brother Tom Moore led me on the path into the wilderness of their songs.
AUTUMN LULLABY (Bridget St. John) A couple days after recording this track, I received an email from a friend asking if he should book Bridget St. John in San Francisco. She would be added on short notice to what was primarily a rock night but I encouraged him to go ahead and book it because I wanted to see her. Loads of fans did turn up at the gig and we were all blown away. Amazingly, it was her first time ever in the city by the bay!
WONDER PEOPLE (I DO WONDER) (Love / Arthur Lee) I can’t explain to you why this is so me. As-Salamu Alaykum!
EVERYONE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU (David Byrne) I first heard this on a mix tape from a girlfriend I had at the time. I lost the girl and the tape but the song stuck with me.
RAMBLIN’S GONNA BE THE DEATH OF ME (Bert Jansch) Scottish Blues from one of the masters of fingerstyle folk guitar - a style that I dabble in here and there. Although the rambler may seem world-weary, I still think of this as a young man’s lyric. I look forward to a time when I identify less with this character.
BLUES RUN THE GAME (Jackson C. Frank) The lyrics of Jackson C. Frank set to the chords of a Moore Brothers tune called ‘Kid Ivy’.Would you call that folk rock or acoustic mash-up?
IN THE DARK (The Changes) I think I’ve always envisioned this kind of misty love affair for myself, having a unique connection with someone who’s almost out of reach.We have to meet in secret but that’s okay.We are not ordinary.
BETTER DAYS AHEAD (Gil Scott-Heron) There’s a lot more to Gil than most people realize. I recommend listening to his entire body of work, including his most recent. I’ve never played this particular tune live onstage. Perhaps the intimacy of the studio brought it out.This is how my voice really sounds, without all the affectations I usually employ."
- BART DAVENPORT, autumn 2010