Ok, spring was fine, but now it’s just hot. Grab an iced tea and cool off with a track from folk troubadour Danny Shafer, available for free download below.
The Germans originally designed the Volkswagen at a price point that made it accessible to “volks,” or loosely in English, “folks.” The engine was so simple you could pull it out and put it back in on your lunch break, yet so reliable you’d never be late. It’s this simplicity and accessibility that made the Beetle brilliant, and the same can be said about Danny Shafer.
On most nights of the year, about 200 out of 365, Shafer is sitting on a stage somewhere with his guitar, singing songs anyone can relate to. It’s likely there are few flashing cameras, Rolling Stone has never showed up, and everyone in the audience at least taps a finger. Like a real folk musician, he works hard writing songs and ensuring they are heard, a worthy labor. And while there are many positive things to say about his voice and songwriting — Shafer can stand solid next to folks like John Prine and Greg Brown — it almost feels like murder to dissect. It’s great music of the people, by the people, and for the people. Nuff said.
Below, download “Shine,” a song about unshiny cars from his recent release, . His old car is doing him just fine. Then, check him out in Longmont on Wednesday at The Dickens. Or Fridat at the Pearl Street Pub in Boulder. Or Saturday in Louisville. There are as many opportunities to see him as reasons. Check out the full calendar.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a butcher. Seriously.