Billy Dankert | Sleep Late

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Sleep Late

by Billy Dankert

New songs written and performed--with the help of a few friends--by the drummer and sometimes songwriter of the Gear Daddies. Roots rock that veers from drum-machine-driven pop to jazz-tinged country to straight-up guitar stomp.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Alright
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2. Everybody's Wrong
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3. Liquor Store Lollipop
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4. Come Back
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5. Mon Amie
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6. Carried
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7. Alabama and Atlanta
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8. Party All the Time
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9. Midnight Reverie
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10. On and On
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After a decade-long hiatus from songwriting, Gear Daddies drummer Billy Dankert returns with “Sleep Late,” a menagerie of new songs written and recorded over the past two years. After the 2005 breakup of The Real Austinaires, the band that brought his previous songs to life, Dankert got married, became a dad, and pursued visual art. In 2014, he found that recent experiences had reawakened his interest in songwriting, and he began work on a new album.

The tracks on “Sleep Late” present a variety of approaches, from drum-machine-driven pop to jazz-tinged country, r&b, and straight-on rock. But they all fit comfortably under the broad umbrella of “Americana” music. Single “Liquor Store Lollipop” exemplifies the album’s vibe musically, and lyrically evokes both wizened nostalgia and childlike wonder.

Dankert tracked most of the album himself, but a few friends from the Twin Cities music scene pitched in on select songs, including Zach Zins of BrassZilla, who blows trombone on “Party All The Time” and “Come Back.”

Dankert is the drummer for Minnesota Americana band, the Gear Daddies. Dankert joined the band in 1984 when he was a senior in high school. After highlights like playing CBGBs, playing the (old) David Letterman show, and warming up for the Replacements at one of their “last shows” in 1991, the Gear Daddies broke up in 1992. In the 1990s, Dankert went back to school, then got a day job. In the 2000s, Dankert played drums for Slim Dunlap after Slim's long-time drummer left the Twin Cities. Also in the 2000s, the Gear Daddies started reuniting to play a few shows a year around the region.


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