Photo Credits: Josh Chase of In Tune Colorado and Matthew Shelter of Stage Light Photography.
After a childhood studying classical ballet and modern dance, Dana Falconberry left Michigan when she was 18 years old to attend Hendrix College in Arkansas. There she discovered the timeless songs of the Ozarks and the Delta and devoted herself to songwriting, founding the Little Rock Songwriters Circle in 2003. In 2004, she moved to Austin, TX and joined the indie folk band Peter And The Wolf for a stint. Soon though, Dana broke away to focus on her own music: stripped-down songs inspired by dreams, memories, and landscapes.
Falconberry self-released her Paper Sailboat EP in 2006 and followed it up with 2008′s more electrically produced Oh Skies of Grey. In 2010, she returned to a more sparse and organic sound with her album Halletts, featuring tight harmonies provided by Gina Dvorak and Lauren McMurray. She followed the release with extensive touring, including several runs through the United States and trips to Europe and Japan. In 2011, Falconberry took the ambitious step of assembling a full six-piece band (Dvorak, Karla Mazur, Matthew Shepherd, Christopher Cox, Lindsey Verrill) allowing her to explore a new world of bountiful soundscapes. Soon after, Falconberry set out to record the new collective, resulting in the Though I Didn’t Call It Came EP (January, 2012) and her masterpiece, Leelanau.
Falconberry is thriving musically in her new hometown, heralded by the Austin Chronicle as one of the city’s “most arresting female vocalists” and in 2011 she starred in the critically-lauded documentary on the Austin music scene, Echotone, a New York Times Critics’ Pick. In addition to her solo work, Dana has worked extensively with her contemporaries, frequently collaborating with Matt Bauer (Brooklyn) and most recently providing backing vocals for the Heartless Bastards (Austin) for their spring 2012 tour. She has shared stages with Okkervil River, Shearwater, Megafaun, Father John Misty and Dr. Dog, captivating audiences with her powerful live shows. Falconberry has retained the Leelanau band to bring the songs to life on stage, receiving praise far beyond Austin’s city limits. In addition to extensive tours through the US, Europe, and Japan, Dana has recorded two Daytotter sessions and a Laundromatinee session for My Old Kentucky Blog.
Leelanau, Dana Falconberry’s third full length album, and her most realized work to date was released in October of 2012.
Dana plays the LH-309 hand-carved archtop about which she says "I'm totally loving writing on it. It's making new songs come out - I'm having a blast with it!"
Bio courtesy of Antenna Farm Records.