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Nashville-based singer/songwriter Don Gallardo unites introspective lyrics, southern charm, and honey-warm vocals, producing a rootsy, personal sound that exists between the boundaries of Americana, Folk and 70's classic Singer-Songwriters.
Don has had songs in features films such as "Jolene" & also Jackass Presents "Bad Grandpa". He has also had songs in the highly popular television series, "The Vampire Diaries" & ABC's "Nashville".
Born in Fairfax, CA, Gallardo is the product of wide-ranging taste in artistic influences, absorbing healthy doses of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, The Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as contemporary acts like Wilco, The Jayhawks, Whiskeytown, Jason Isbell, Tom Petty & Ray LaMontagne. Gallardo moved around California for years being an active member of the music scenes in cities such as Chico, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007.
Gallardo has received high praise from Americana review sites in Europe and the U.S. such as No Depression, AltCountryForum.nl, Common Folk Music, and The Nashville Scene, who call him "country-rock with brains, charm and experimental impulses that are perfectly integrated into a familiar context.”
Don Gallardo entered the studio in April 2012 to record "The Art of Troublesome Times," his 3rd full-length album and second project with producer Neilson Hubbard (The Apache Relay, The Farewell Drifters, Kim Richey, Jill Andrews). As he and Neilson began whittling down Don's catalog of folksongs and heartfelt Americana numbers, the singer/songwriter decided he wanted the album to nod to his past while also pushing toward his future. “I just wanted to have this album loaded with songs that tell people ‘this is where I came from and this is where I’m going’,” he says.
The songs that make up "The Art of Troublesome Times" speak for themselves. They are stories and testimonies of a songwriter who's spent the past 15 years crisscrossing the country, appearing with musicians such as Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Jason Ringenberg (of Jason & the Scorchers) and Yonder Mountain String Band. During the last decade, Don has averaged 150 shows a year. He also began touring the UK in 2011 and continues to do so today. This album encompasses all those years, from his earliest shows in Chico, CA, to more recent performances in Nashville, TN, his adopted hometown. Gallardo has received airplay and has performed live on BBC Radio in the UK.
The 11-track album opens with "Sinking Ships," a dark love song about the end of the world. From there, it moves between lovely folk songs, 1970s Cosmic country-rockers, and bluegrass tunes like “Burgundy Wine.” Joining Don is his road-tested band, How Far West, as well as guest musicians like organ/piano extraordinaire Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks, Todd Snider, Sheryl Crow), Eamon McLoughlin (The Greencards, Robert Earl Keen), and Jill Andrews (The Everybodyfields).