The singer plays a show at Bourgie Nights on April 21.
NPR Music once called David Dondero one of the 10 best living songwriters, period, a list that also included such names as McCartney, Waits, Springsteen and Dylan.
Then again, Dondero has played more than his fair share of shows for (only) the bartender and the sound guy over the course of a 25-plus year career, much of it spent touring across the United States and back again. As he sings in his tune "# Zero with a Bullet," "I've been over/ And underrated."
Dondero has spent a stint or two of his self-described transient lifestyle in Wilmington, and he'll be back in the Port City for a show at Bourgie Nights on Saturday. No doubt he'll be playing a range of spellbinding tunes from his dozen-album catalogue, including his most recent effort, 2017's "Inside the Cat's Eye," which includes the rueful yet wry "Rock Bottom," a surprisingly lighthearted song about gambling, addiction and depression.
Dondero's recordings are good, but the way to see him is in his natural state, alone on stage with his quavery voice and finger-picked guitar, one man and his art against a crazy world.
Details: 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, Saturday, April 21, at Bourgie Nights, 127 Princess St., Wilmington. With Sean Gould. 910-763-5252 or Facebook.com/BourgieNights.
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