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Donavon Frankenreiter

 
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Recorded Dec. 28, 2013

 

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Before launching a solo career as the protégé of Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter began his professional life as a surfer. Born in Southern California on December 10, 1972, he landed a sponsorship with Billabong as a young teenager and moved to Hawaii when he was 14. There, he rented a home from the parents of Jack Johnson, a fellow surfer with an untapped musical talent. The two became fast friends, learning guitar together and hanging out between trips to the beach. Music was always a hobby for Frankenreiter, who began playing guitar in a local rock band called Sunchild during his late teens, but it wasn’t until 2002 that he grew confident enough to try a solo career. Meanwhile, Johnson’s musical career had taken a meteoric leap, and he was starting his own Brushfire Records label. Frankenreiter reached out to his old friend, who released Frankenreiter’s self-titled debut in May 2004. Johnson also made a guest appearance on the record, along with G. Love and Koool G Murder of the Eels. For his next record, Frankenreiter broke from his mentor’s label and partnered up with Lost Highway, which released 2006’s Move by Yourself. An EP full of cover songs, Recycled Recipes, appeared in 2007, with the polished full-length Pass It Around following a year later. Around this time, Frankenreiter relocated to Kauai and began gravitating toward Hawaiian instruments like slack key guitar, lap steel, and ukulele. All three figured prominently on his next album, Revisited, essentially a reinterpreted version of his 2004 debut with a tropical island feel. Revisited was released in 2010, as were a second volume of the Recycled Recipes series and a fourth album of original material, Glow. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi

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Donavon Frankenreiter began his professional life as a surfer. Born in Southern California. He landed a sponsorship with Billabong as a young teenager and moved to Hawaii when he was 14. There, he rented a home from the parents of Jack Johnson, a fellow surfer with an untapped musical talent. The two became fast friends, learning guitar together and hanging out between trips to the beach. Music was always a hobby for Frankenreiter, who began playing guitar in a local rock band called Sunchild during his late teens, but it wasn't until 2002 that he found himself leading his own band.


His twin obsessions have carried him around the globe and into his fans' hearts. As Frankenreiter prepares to release his first live album, the 37­-year-­old singer/songwriter/pro surfer admits he still thrives on simply taking the plunge at every live show. ''We don't have a set show, if we did, I would go crazy,'' he says. ''You never know what's going to happen. I love that element of surprise with music and surfing — you never catch the same wave twice.'' This live album from his performance at the Belly Up on December 28th and 30th 2013 really shows the perfect antidote to trying times: warm, organic, and overwhelmingly hopeful. ''The first thing I do is grab a surfboard or guitar if I'm depressed or bummed — I think that's why a lot of my songs are positive and uplifting, because those two things make me happy. I've really enjoyed living in the moment, enjoying what's going on right now,'' he says. As Frankenreiter crisscrosses the globe on more surfing and musical adventures, his talent continues to glow.



Total Play Time: Approx. 71 Minutes
Engineered by Matt Grundy


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What's Up at the Belly Up Podcast this week features Donavon Frankenreiter and us having the honor of being his first podcast (if you know of another he is on please just let us have this and don't burst our bubble)! We talked about collecting art, Hawaii, opening slots, trusting people with facial hair, and underwear. He is a musician, painter, retail store owner, and a family man and we couldn’t be more happy to have him on our show and stage.
 

 

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