2014.05.16: Acoustic Medley @ Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WADanny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise) at 6pm Friday, April 1 – their only show in town! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.


DannyNewcomb_Masterwish_Cover-page-001For years, Danny Newcomb has played a quiet but essential role in some of Seattle’s more noteworthy bands (Goodness, The Rockfords, Shadow), letting his guitar playing and songwriting do the talking. With the release of Masterwish, the guy who inadvertently pushed Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready to become a better guitar player in their teenaged band has stepped into the limelight for the first time.

Released nationally through Think Indie after an initial 7” by McCready’s HockeyTalkter Records, Masterwish has already received impressive support in Seattle. Word of mouth raves from McCready, noted author and journalist Charles Cross and Easy Street Records’ owner Matt Vaughan — not to mention substantial airplay from tastemaker radio station KEXP — have meant that Newcomb is finally getting his day in the spotlight.

It’s also the first time that listeners are getting to hear Newcomb sing his own songs — a surprising but natural evolution that took place as the songs were being written.

“I had always written for other voices — never sang my own songs,” says Newcomb.  “I had never performed as a singer before writing this record. I had been writing since the last record I made with the Rockfords, but found that I had written a record that I liked my voice on. For me, it’s the missing link as far as writing. Being able to write for my own voice lets me complete the circle myself — lets me write from the heart. Singing gave me that perspective to write from that narrative, and now that I have it, I want to run with it and see where it goes!”

Produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Brandi Carlile) and featuring guest appearances from McCready and fellow Vashon Island resident Ian Moore, Masterwish is chock-full of classic, catchy, sometimes rootsy guitar-pop. Cross predicted that it would make many a Top 10 Seattle records list this year; now that the album is being released nationally and internationally, that list of Top 10 lists is likely to expand exponentially.

“Danny Newcomb is a musician with a rich and lengthy Seattle pedigree, and his new album is full of folky hooks and poppy riffs that will win your heart. But Newcomb’s strongest suit with ‘Masterwish’ is his commitment to well-crafted songs — that standard makes this album soar. It’s only September, but ‘Masterwish’ most certainly will belong on a list of the Top Ten Seattle Records of 2015.” — Charles R. Cross, Author

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