Dondero has also found fervent admirers among those artists; Conor Oberst once remarked, “It was hearing David Dondero’s voice that made me comfortable with my own.” And critics — the smart ones, anyway — have long sung Dondero’s praises. After 2005’s South of the South, NPR’s All Songs Considered declared Dondero among the best living songwriters, cited with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, while the Houston Chronicle knighted him “this generation’s Townes Van Zandt.”
Dondero’s eighth studio album, 2011’s A Pre-Existing Condition, showcased his translational skills as well as his songwriting, with sparsely wonderful covers of Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Lowell George alongside his powerful originals. The album proved that he’s not the next or new anything, just the best David Dondero of his time.
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