Like Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter has followed a similar path from the surfing world to the land of beachy, feel-good flip-flop rock. And rightfully so. It was Johnson who produced Frankenreiter's first album, invited him along on tour, and convinced him it was possible to make a living in music. "That was the moment when I thought maybe this is something I could actually do," says Frankenreiter. "I learned a lot touring with Jack about being yourself and singing like you want to sing and not trying to be someone you're not." Frankenreiter was able to take advantage of his 20-year surfing career, using those beach-town crowds as a springboard. He's currently touring in support of his fifth studio album, Start Livin', a loose, live album that was recorded in seven days with Matt Grundy, who co-produced and played all the instruments. "[My last album] Glow was the most poppy record I ever made. This one's the most organic record," the former surfer says. Months short of his 40th birthday, Frankenreiter feels confident in himself and his sound. "My songs are pretty simple," he says. "Maybe people who come to my concert can escape for an hour and a half and hear what it is to enjoy the moment with the friends you're with right then and there." For more, visit the-windjammer.com.
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