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Saturday, March 15 • 8:00pm - 8:30pm
D Folmer

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Daniel Folmer is a 22 year old resident of Denton, Texas who was born in Dallas. He plays every instrument on his recordings except for live drums. Daniel began recording songs at the age of 16 with super producer John Congleton of the pAperchAse, who has recently worked with: explosions in the sky, the polyphonic spree, the mountain goats, antony and the johnsons, the appleseed cast, and Black Mountain. Biography By HUNTER HAUK Denton folk singer Daniel Folmer puts it all out there in his lyrics: fear, insecurity, self-deprecation and regret over love gone awry. His latest album, Gloria, released earlier this year on local label Gutterth Records, tells a personal story, one that Mr. Folmer understandably couldn't bring himself to discuss in detail during a recent phone interview. But the lyrics speak for themselves. "I'll say this much: The story is about a relationship that just takes a turn for the worse," Mr. Folmer, 22, said. Here's more about the University of North Texas grad. The artist Mr. Folmer has lived in and around North Texas most of his life. His mother and sister are musicians, but he says his dad, a former country radio DJ, introduced him to some of his favorite artists. "My dad got me into Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, all sorts of old country artists, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. ... He also used to blare Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense on the way to hockey practice at 5 a.m. Definitely made an impact on me as far as the presentation of music." Mr. Folmer started playing cello at age 9 and also joined a choir. His grandmother bought him a guitar, which he taught himself how to play. She took him to Branson, Mo., to see Johnny Cash perform and introduced him to Cash's American Recordings. "That changed my whole perspective on music. ... You can hear a lot of those stylings in what I do now." The music Mr. Folmer first turned heads with 2006's full-length Wear Headphones , a collection of material from EPs he'd recorded since he was a teenager. "I had basically done a bunch of EPs that nobody was paying attention to, so I just threw them all together." The raw, diary-entry lyrics over lo-fi folk arrangements hit a nerve with audiences, and Mr. Folmer soon jumped into recording his second full-length, Gloria. He plays every instrument on the record except for the live drums. How does he tackle personal songs in a live setting? "When I play in front of people, I try to pull personal experiences out. I shut my eyes and let the rapid imagery come in – whatever I was going through at the time I wrote the song."

Saturday March 15, 2008 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Opal Divine's Freehouse 700 W 6th St

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