Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Donavon Frankenreiter has been writing, recording and touring his music for 20 years. With over a dozen full-length record releases and hundreds of songs written, the traveling troubadour has become beacon for funkified jams, stylish stomps and feel-good grooves. From his surf-inspired serenades to classic blues-rooted funk, Donavon is always evolving. It would seem he’s just getting started…
After a whirlwind of travel and months on the road touring, Donavon cruised his way back to the studio to get crackin’ on some brand new tunes. As the amps buzzed so did the excitement. His fresh collection of handwritten scribbles on loose paper started to come to life before his eyes - manifesting themselves into four brand new tracks: “Them Blues,” “Boom Boom,” “Is It You” and “Could Be One of Those Days.”
With the creative mojo flowing and growing, Donavon decided to keep on the gas. In July 2019, he released a new album aptly titled Bass & Drum Tracks. Comprised of 16 songs (13 of his most beloved, classic tracks and three news ones) this assemblage of stripped-down jams gives the world a whole new way to get down, get creative and get into some good ol’ fashion Frankenreiter fun.
Equal parts inventive and inclusive, this new Bass & Drums Tracks record allows fans and music lovers all around the world to become part of Donavon’s wondrous world in their own unique way. Whether you slay it on the saxophone, sing the blues or just toot on your trusty kazoo, there’s something on this record for you. Sing along! Play along! Start a band!
To celebrate this new selection of tunes, Donavon will be promoting the release of the album and the new songs by performing it live on their upcoming tours. Like usual, he plans to go worldwide for months at a time. Only this time, Donavon is bringing his love for vinyl records out on the road like never before.
His long-time obsession with analog sound and vintage record players is making its way on stage! For “The Record Player Tour,” Donavon and his long-time right-hand man, Matt Grundy, will be playing their set as a dynamic duo - with their trusty record placed between them. They’ll be dropping the needle themselves, live in hi-fi, spinning the analog bass and drums on wax as their backing “band.” It’s the sort of special twist that you don’t want to miss.
“We love vinyl records so much and are complete addicts when it comes to vintage players… that’s how this whole idea came to me,” beams Donavon. “I thought, 'why can’t we make an album available where people can jam along to it and we can also play to it live too?'"
When Christina Holmes sings, walls, barriers and boundaries disappear. Finding a sweet spot in the middle of acoustic, folk, reggae, rock and pop music, she represents the same values and vision on stage and off.
“I’m always just very honest and real,” she exclaims. “We’re all human. I allow listeners into my life by going deeper. I’m not afraid to show my vulnerable side. I have a message. I’ve gained so much confidence through music, and I hope I can inspire others to chase their dreams too.”
Between regular open mics around Rhode Island and dive bar gigs in New York City, she linked up with the charity Musicians On Call and performed for countless bedridden hospital patients. 2012 saw her take the stage for the world famous “Amateur Night” at the Apollo and leave with a standing ovation. In 2014, she released her full-length debut Peace, Love, & C. Holmes and joined Trevor Hall for a sold out North American tour over the course of 2015.
Launching her own label Cove House in 2017, she dove headfirst into her sophomore effort with producer Warren Huart [Colbie Caillat, James Blunt]. After only two-and-a-half weeks in a Los Angeles studio, she emerged with Stand Up. For the first time, a studio recording captured the prowess of the vocalist’s powerhouse presence on stage. The album was introduced via marathon of touring alongside the likes of Hall, Xavier Rudd and Nahko & Medicine For The People.
Her live energy shines through the 2018 single “Bring The People Together.” Driven by lithe acoustic guitar and simmering reggae grooves, it presents a concrete mission statement loud and clear. From the plaintive lyrical poetry and wind-swept soul of “Let My Music Free Your Soul” to the clarion call of “Stand Up,” her voice resounds with power and passion. However, the final track “Always” tugs at the heartstrings the most. Written after the passing of her dad David Holmes, Sr., it incorporates the last voicemail he left her.
In the end, Holmes has only just begun to bring people together.
“When you hear my records or see me live, I want you to feel something, whether it’s happy or sad,” she leaves off. “I’d love for you to let go of anything that’s holding you back. Music did that for me.”
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