On August 19 Lost Highway will release Pass It Around, the new album from Donavon Frankenreiter. Pass It Around boasts 10 new songs from the musician/pro-surfer, and also features some special guests and a new approach for Frankenreiter.
On his 2006 self-produced Lost Highway debut, Move By Yourself Frankenreiter set out on his own and began to find his musical identity as an artist as he moved away from the acoustic stylings of his 2004 self-titled debut by plugging in and opening up. Pass It Around shows that identity fully realized. The songs incorporate some of the acoustic and electric elements of his past recordings but infuse them with the musical wisdom he has gained along the way, plus the production of two-time Grammy Award-winner Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, Frank Zappa).
Frankenreiter even approached the songwriting process in a new way by co-writing for the first time. Donavon collaborated with the likes of Mike Daly (Whiskeytown), Grant Lee Phillips, Steve McQuien (Unamerican) and Thad Cockrell, to name a few.
The result is an album filled with soulful melodies, uplifting grooves and some lessons for life. From the punchy mariachi horns of “Your Heart” to the pop sensibilities of “Life, Love & Laughter” to the laid-back funk of “Hit The Ground Running” and “Too Much Water,” Pass It Around is a testament to Frankenreiter’s continuing evolution as an artist.
Pass It Around features Donavon’s band; Matt Grundy – bass, Eric Brigmond – keys and Craig Barnette — drums, along with special guests Ben Harper (on title track), G. Love (on “Sing A Song”) and Grant Lee Phillips, who co-wrote and performs on “Mansions In The Sand.”
Streaming Audio Link for “Life, Love and Laughter”: