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Singer-songwriter blazes his own trail

A Rolling Stone ‘artist to watch,’ Brett Dennen returns for solo acoustic show and maybe some skiing


Like A Boss Productions presents folk-pop singer-songwriter Brett Dennen for a Taos concert that is part of his Lift Series tour. For the second year in a row, the tour brings Dennen to mountain towns across the West, where he can ski by day and play his solo acoustic music by night. The redheaded musician has been called “an artist to watch” by Rolling Stone magazine and one of Entertainment Weekly’s “guys on the rise.”

Brett Dennen will perform Tuesday (Jan. 9) from 8-10 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewing’s Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Tickets are $18 and available at

“I love mountain towns, mountain people, ski people and people who love nature, and this tour is a celebration of all of it,” states Dennen on his website

“I’m enthusiastic about skiing, so [the tour’s] main focus is getting me to many of the great ski towns in America. Aside from that, I feel at home in those places. I love mountain people. I believe they all have a special connection to the land,” said Dennen in an interview with Tempo. “We have an activism side to the tour also that goes hand in hand with loving nature. We’re encouraging people to urge their representatives to make local changes that reverse climate change.”

Dennen is partnering with Protect Our Winters, a non-profit organization that describes itself as “a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action,”

Representatives from Protect Our Winters are showing up to all of Dennen’s performances on his Lift Series tour to educate concertgoers and help them to communicate with their elected officials on the issue of climate change.

Asked why climate change is a concern for him, Dennen responded, “It is a pressing issue. People down in the valley may not feel it yet, but people in the mountains have been dealing with it for years. The forest I live in has been in a drought for nearly ten years.”

Dennen is an avid downhill skier. His favorite mountain to ski is his home mountain: Dodge Ridge in Pinecrest, Calif.

In 2016, Dennen released his sixth studio album, “Por Favor,” and since then he has been touring and taking some time off to enjoy the mountains and travel to Los Angeles to write and record. Dennen has finished a five-track EP set to be released in February. He is also working on another EP that should come out this coming summer.

For his Taos show, Dennen will be playing some of his newer material. “This is a solo acoustic tour,” Dennen said, “so I can play whatever I want. I don’t have to worry about a band knowing the song or not.”

For 2018, Dennen is planning on a whole lot of touring. Then he hopes to stay home next winter to ski, before launching his third annual Lift Series tour.

What does Dennen like best about being a musician? “I like the life that unfolds in front of me,” he said. “I feel like I’m writing my own ticket or blazing my own trail. I’m not really in control of where I end up, but I’m in control of making decisions based on what falls in front of me.”

For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-1900 ext. 1.