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Local Artist Update: Owen Danoff Opens for Kasey Chambers at Sold Out Birchmere Show
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Local Artist Update: Owen Danoff Opens for Kasey Chambers at Sold Out Birchmere Show

 

This story comes to us from Austin Schaefer

Local son Owen Danoff played to a sellout crowd of over 500 Country and Folk Rock fans at the renowned Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria Virginia on Saturday night, July 9.  Most of the crowd was there to see headliner Kasey Chambers, who rocked the packed house with her distinct voice, beautiful songwriting, and poignant Australian stories, but Owen’s opening set was well received and his stage presence had the crowd laughing and ready to hear more.  He played alongside Berklee College of Music student and band mate Adrien Godat, who also strummed guitar and sang harmony.

 

While Owen Danoff is not yet a household name, his father’s accomplishments are much more widely known.  Bill Danoff was a long-time collaborator with John Denver, writing one of his many hits “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”  Bill also won two Grammies for his band’s 1976 Billboard #1 “Afternoon Delight,” which, as Bill said in a recent Washington Post video clip on the song’s continued popularity, “has come to mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.”

 

Owen’s music certainly takes a few notes from his father’s style, but is a breed of its own, pulling from his own musical influences growing up.  While his set at the Birchmere consisted entirely of his own songs, he has often thrown in covers of favorite songs by The Wallflowers, Green Day, and Johnny Cash.  This time he pulled mostly from his new Extended Play (EP), but finished with a brand new song entitled Have I Ever Fallen, which sounded polished despite Owen’s claim that the song “has only been played in each other’s respective living rooms.”

 

As the young singer/songwriter continues to hone his craft, he plans on keeping things local for the time being.  Perhaps someday soon he will have a sellout crowd at the Birchmere that he can call his own.

 

If you would like to hear songs played at the show or see when Owen is next playing, visit his facebook page at www.facebook.com/owendanoff or follow him on twitter @owendanoff.

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