I guess you could lump Donavon Frankenreiter in with kindred spirit Jack Johnson. After all, not only do the two men enjoy dual careers as songwriters and surfers, but the two are great friends-not only did Donavon at one time rent a room from Jack’s parents, but Donavon was also initially signed to Jack’s label…more on that in a bit.
I first discovered Donavon’s music via 2006’s “Move By Yourself” album. What I liked about it was that it was mellow enough to make you wanna put your feet up and relax, but it had a funky edge to it that set Donavon apart from similar-minded artists. It was like listening to a Commodores record after smoking a loooooooooot of pot (not that we here at MHW endorse that sort of activity. Ahem.).
Anyhow, Donavon’s back with a brand new album called “Pass it Around” (I’ll leave that one alone, folks). It’s the same mellow surf-rock/jam-bandy/funky sound as his previous work, perfect to pop on the boom box or the laptop as you enjoy the last four weeks of summer chillin’ on your backyard hammock. The album features appearances from the likes of Ben Harper, G. Love and Grant Lee Phillips.
If that turns your crank, then you’re in luck! One lucky person can win a free (free!!) copy of “Pass it Along” by answering one simple question:
What is the name of the label, formed by Jack Johnson, that Donavon was originally signed to?
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and a winner (who guesses the correct answer, obviously) will be chosen at random. This contest will end at 12 noon Eastern Standard time on Friday, August 22nd. Employees and staff of Musichelpweb and Consumerhelpweb and any of its’ affiliates are ineligible. Good luck!!