"Figure out what makes you tick musically and as a writer. Imitation is typically an early part of that process, but I believe there comes a point where you have to step away from that and pursue a unique vision."
Once a die-hard rocker, Don Conoscenti is one of the most respected musicians and acclaimed songwriters in acoustic music. He is also a seasoned studio pro working as producer, composer and multi-instrumental session player in an array of musical scenarios. His live performances are a soulful fusion of styles blended from his experience playing rock, jazz, blues, folk, funk and country. But his primary love is the landscape of storytelling. He’s made many friends in the Folk, Americana, Rock, Jazz, and Native American musical communities and they’ve lent their talents to his recordings and performances.
His recordings have been in the top 20 albums played by folk and acoustic DJ’s worldwide. NPR, World Café and Acoustic Café have all spotlighted his music and he has played some of the top venues and festivals in the U.S including Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, The Troubadour, The Kennedy Center and Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, which was home base for many years as he was coming up alongside friends Shawn Mullins, John Mayer and the members of Sugarland to name a few.
Shot in Oklahoma City following a video taping for Casey Friedman's Acoustic Oklahoma songwriter project
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
I'm working with Sonia Rutstein and Ellis Paul and there's a lot of love right there. I would also love to work with Sting and Jackson Browne.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
The bass. Sizzzzzzzzle.
3: What was the worst advice?
Whatever it was I'm sure it came from me!
4: What was your first concert?
Led Zeppelin. Chicago Stadium. Deep Purple was the support act and the opener was a new trio out of Houston called ZZ Top
5: What/where is the best road food?
I was in the UK with Sam Baker and every petrol (truck) stop we hit on that tour had great coffee and great food. Put road food here in The States to shame.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Tom Paxton once told me that if I did a great show every night the rest of it would work itself out. He would know.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
I've always loved the Jackson Five and Michael as a solo artist, but seeing him working with his band and dancers in the film 'This Is It' has really been an inspiration. Very powerful and beautiful stuff.