This guy is a camp counselor with a guitar, could be the criticism of any flash-in-the-pan acoustic axeman to make a splash on adult contemporary radio. But, unlike the long and short-hairs who ape James Taylor to death, Brett Dennen has an ace in the hole: He really is a camp counselor with a guitar, via the Mosaic Project, a non-profit targeting kids in California. And he is seemingly content to make a living merely by extending his campfire. There's no hint of delusion that he's penning the next Mud Slide Slim or Tea For Tillerman. This is just a sandy-haired kid who's pens the songs to roast smores to. All ages.
Sat., March 14, 8 p.m., 2009