Legendary Songwriter David Dondero Returns to Interzone

Corvallis is one of those towns that some people just end up in. And when people end up somewhere, they’ve usually got friends in all kinds of places. We like to welcome those friends here, especially when they bring music.

The latest welcome extends to folk songwriter David Dondero, who will be playing Interzone on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. after the release of his 10th studio album, Inside the Cat’s Eye, on Koschke Records. Koschke Records was started by Interzone owner Bill McCanless to release this album for Dondero, who he’s known for over 30 years.

Dondero’s songwriting career has met success, and it’s impressive for reasons that include his deep well of talent and his timeline. He’s been making music since the ’90s, but put out his first solo album in 2001, which turned listeners on to his storytelling ability. NPR has named him one of the 10 best living songwriters, and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes cites Dondero as a major factor in finding comfort with his own voice.

Ten albums later and more than a few rounds around the country, his stories are just as ripe and from the heart on Inside the Cat’s Eye. Being on the road and sleeping in cars for a decade will give you endless details and soul searches from which to write folk songs. During his travels, he’s managed to stop in Corvallis for a show at least once a year.

Welcome back, David Dondero.

David Dondero will perform with Justin Groft and Ari Rosenfield on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis. The suggested cover is $5.

By Regina Pieracci