Thursday, April 4, 2024

Duluth Songwriter Showcase, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth, MN- 3/23/24

Duluth Songwriter Showcase
Sacred Heart Music Center
Duluth, MN
Mar. 23rd, 2024

This is a "Midwest Sounds" recording (MWS288)

Lineage: Audience Recording using Zoom H2 internal mics > SD Card > PC > Mastered in Adobe Audition > Track splitting using CD Wave Editor > Compressed to FLAC Level 8 using dBpoweramp > Tagged with MP3 Tag

-Feel free to re-master, share freely anywhere else, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, please support the artist by buying/streaming their music, buying a ticket to a show or buying merch.

More pictures here: Link

Set 1

1. Intro
2. Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold- If It Hadn't Been For Love (The SteelDrivers cover)
3. Hannah Rey- Break Through
4. Hannah Rey- Make the Coffee
5. Hannah Rey- Without You
6. Hannah Rey- Chip
7. Hannah Rey- Dream Death
8. Shane Nelson- Memories
9. Shane Nelson- Burn It Down
10. Shane Nelson- Mason Lowe
11. Shane Nelson- Favorite People
12. Skarlett Woods- Close to You (Braver These Days)
13. Skarlett Woods- Minnesota Farm Girl
14. Skarlett Woods- You and I (Santa Cruz, CA)
15. Skarlett Woods- Me, I, Me, Me (w/ Erin Aldrdige on fiddle)
16. Outro

Set 2 (Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold)

1. Intro
2. Dead and Gone
3. Out on the Prairie
4. Sailboat (Cascade Crescendo cover)
5. Three Cord Love Song
6. Shakin' the Dust
7. Penny's Bone > One More Try
8. Look Up (w/ Angie Frank on vocals)
9. The Doot Doot Song (Half a Cup of Coffee)
10. Dark Times
11. Where I Belong (w/ Joe Scarpellino on vocals)
12. What's the Use
13. Down by the Water
14. A Price Above Rubies
15. I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan cover) (w/ Hannah Rey, Shane Nelson & Skarlett Woods)

Danny Frank- Vocals, Guitar
Harrison Olk- Banjo, Vocals
Joe Scarpellino- Bass, Vocals
Erin Aldridge- Fiddle, Vocals

Presenting some of the finest northland music makers, Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold will host their 3rd Annual Songwriter Showcase at 7 pm Saturday, March 23 on the beautiful Sacred Heart Music Center altar stage.

This one-time-only event features three singer-songwriters performing a solo set of their original music for a live audience, discussing the craft of songwriting, and sharing stories that inspire their music. Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold will conclude the night with a full band performance.

2024 featured artists are: Shane Nelson, Hannah Rey and Skarlett Woods.

Frank said the inspiration for this event emerged in part by reflecting on his own journey as a singer songwriter, and in part through his admiration of the multitude of gifted songwriters and performers in the Twin Ports area.

“Songwriting lives at the heart of all music, regardless of genre or instrumentation. It is a process of self-reflection and storytelling mixed with creative melodic expression," said Frank. "I have always been amazed at the sheer number of musicians in the Duluth area who write and perform their own original music. Many of these people are my dear friends, and comprise a beautiful, passionate, and supportive community. My vision for this event is to showcase a small fraction of that talent by highlighting some singer-songwriters who are pillars of this community, and who have inspired my own craft.”

Tapers notes: Every year I seem to pick up a new annual tradition when it comes to concerts/fesitvals, and this is one of them I attended last year for the first time and I will continue going to as long as Danny puts it on. I was very familiar with Skarlett going in to the night, I knew Shane's name but wasn't familar with his music, and Hannah was completely new to me. Danny just has an ear for picking out great talent for this showcase, because they were all excellent and gained new fans that night. I would encourage anyone to listen to the 3 artists from the first set, and to check out Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold's new live album (from last years showcase) available on all streaming platforms. I was hoping to get a SBD feed for this, but it was being broadcast on YouTube so all their inputs were being used. Sound is pretty good here, the venue tends to have some echo, but I've figured out sitting in the lower part of the venue cuts down a lot on that.

Check this performance out on YouTube.

"Got a mind to ramble, got a mind to roam
I’m travelin’ light and I’m slow coming home"

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