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The Art of Troublesome Times

by Don Gallardo

An engaging and tuneful album both musically and lyrically that will appeal to fans of Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle, Ray LaMontagne, with a hint of Paul Westerberg.
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1. Sinking Ships
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2. Hey Julia
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3. Broken
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4. The River & the Promise Land
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5. Bluebird (feat. Jill Andrews)
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6. The Ohio Goodbye
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7. Paper Heart
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8. One of These Days
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9. 13 Blackbirds
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10. Burgundy Wine
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11. I Get Lost (Every Moment With You)
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Album Notes
Don Gallardo entered the studio in April 2012 to record "The Art of Troublesome Times," his 3rd full-length album and second project with producer Neilson Hubbard (The Apache Relay, The Farewell Drifters, Kim Richey, Jill Andrews). As he and Neilson began whittling down Don's catalog of folksongs and heartfelt Americana numbers, the singer/songwriter decided he wanted the album to nod to his past while also pushing toward his future. “I just wanted to have this album loaded with songs that tell people ‘this is where I came from and this is where I’m going’,” he says.

The songs that make up "The Art of Troublesome Times" speak for themselves. They are stories and testimonies of a songwriter who's spent the past 15 years crisscrossing the country, appearing with musicians such as Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, and Yonder Mountain String Band. During the last decade, Don averaged 120 shows a year, and he began touring the UK in 2011. This album encompasses all those years, from his earliest shows in Chico, CA, to more recent performances in Nashville, TN, his adopted hometown.

The 11-track album opens with "Sinking Ships," a dark love song about the end of the world. From there, it moves between lovely folk songs, 1970s Cosmic country-rockers, and bluegrass tunes like “Burgundy Wine.” Joining Don is his road-tested band, How Far West, as well as guest musicians like organ/piano extraordinaire Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks, Todd Snider), Eamon McLoughlin (The Greencards, Robert Earl Keen), and Jill Andrews (The Everybodyfields).

Recommended if you like: Bob Dylan, Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Adams, The Band, Ray LaMontagne.


May of 2012 Indie Music Reviewer named Don Gallardo "50 Indie Acoustic Artists You Don’t Want To Miss! (our honorable mention list)" click here for INDIE MUSIC REVIEWER

Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011 on Roots Radio Report. "Don Gallardo - When The Daylight Whispers Darling..." #29 and "Don Gallardo - Sweetheart Radio Revolution, Etc." #40
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“Don Gallardo is one of those rare gems… Don’s writing style harkens back to a time when Nashville was overflowing with great storytellers.”
- Chris Harkness at No Depression - March 2011

“Gallardo is a careful singer who writes intelligently about the boredom and charm of small-town life. His new full-length When the Daylight Whispers Darling... is his strongest effort yet: country-rock with brains, charm and experimental impulses that are perfectly integrated into a familiar context.”
- Nashville Scene - April 2011

“The music is great. Lovely tracks, if you are a fan of the Ryan Adams style of alt-country.”
- Ralph McLean BBC Ireland Ulster

“When the Daylight Whispers Darling is a charming and melodic album overflowing with wonderful country-influenced tunes. This may be Don Gallardo's best effort so far, proving he's a great songwriter with a great future ahead of him. “
- Common Folk - April 2011

“A San Francisco to Nashville transplant who’s impressing the best in Americana”
- Music City Roots - June 2011

“Don Gallardo then served up rock solid Americana in the vein of Greg Trooper and other songwriters with big dreams and small hats. In an easy voice he sang warnings of forgetting your home and taking time for granted. All good words set to fine tunes.”
- Craig Havighurst of Music City Roots - June 2011

“The sound is as recognizable as the themes of broken relationships and unrequited love. Gallardo meets a musical mission with music that touches people, moves and delights.”
- Johan Schoenmakers of (Netherlands) March 2011

"When The Daylight Whispers Darling is generously peppered with fiddle-like violin, banjo, mandolin and steel guitar accents, yet it has a sound redolent of 1970s country-rock albums such as Neil Young’s Harvest, The Eagles’ Desperado, and Linda Ronstadt’s Simple Dreams. Gallardo’s smooth vocal style and outstanding songwriting skills are a match made in musical heaven. Fans of great songwriting and true musicianship should not let this melodious example of subtle brilliance slip by their ears."
- Eric Allen of The Murfreesboro Pulse - April 2011

“A Heartland / Americana sound in the best tradition of artists like Tom Petty and Steve Earle.”
- Jan Eiesland of No Deal Music (Norway) March 2011

"An engaging and tuneful album that will appeal to fans of Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, with a hint of Paul Westerberg. Without a doubt one of the better Alt-Country/Americana releases I've Come across this year."

- Dec 2009 (Florida)

"An incredibly well-crafted album, both musically and lyrically. It's full of charm that presents a certain degree of rawness as he weaves his lyrics together capturing his emotion perfectly."

- Jeff Kurtis of Today's Country Magazine (Nashville/Chicago)

"There’s a feeling when I listen to these songs that wherever I am it’s home. He sings these songs with a full throat and a big heart."
- Billys Bunker Music Reviews (Ohio)

"Sweetheart Radio Revolution Etc. perfectly fits on American Radio. The song “I Give Up” is very tasteful."
- John Gjaltema of (The Netherlands)

“There’s no mistake about the old-time appeal of Sweetheart Radio Revolution Etc.…peddling breezy indie folk with a Western sentiment. Rustic and easy-going melodies that have slack romance and an element of danger at the core. Likenesses have been drawn between Gallardo and the likes of Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and Steve Earle. Bold comparisons, yes, but not off base.”
- Jessica Pace of The Murfreesboro Pulse (TN) May 2010

“Don Gallardo plays charming, melodic folk-rock with a lot of heart”
- Flagpole Magazine (Athens, GA) October 2010

“Americana, guitar-strummin’ and heartstring-pluckin”
- (U of Georgia Newspaper) October 2010

“This is a great example of a professional representation of ones music. The song is a positive, upbeat feel good song. It truly has a genuine sound and feel.”
- Holly Hutchison of



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