You’ve heard his newest, “Here’s Looking at You Kid,” on 88Nine, now listen to Brett Dennen play it live and give an interview below.
With his acoustic guitar, he kicked off the session with a stripped down and sharp version of “Be Somebody,” then “Here’s To Looking at You Kid.”
We went all Song Exploder on him and that single “Here’s Looking at You Kid.” Brett told us about how it came together as he was “making great time over the Grapevine [highway]” driving to see Dan Wilson to write a song. Turns out that he half wrote it on the way there. Then, together, him and Dan came up with the rest, borrowing the chorus from “Casablanca” and taking parts of the tune from an R.E.M. song.
After talking more about his influences from Tom Petty, Van Morrison and Cat Stevens to Joni Mitchell, he closed out the show with “Already Gone.”
Studio Milwaukee: Brett Dennen
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