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The first time we met Brian was when he drove 12 hours from New York City to play a concert with Ken Yates. We were blown away! By Brian’s songwriting, his guitar playing, his voice, his passion, his endurance! Brian has been here a number of times, and he’s coming solo this time around!
Brian’s newest album, Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements, began as a joke, between drinks number 6 and 7 (7 and 8? Numbers unconfirmed) at a bar down the street from his apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Upon further research (Google), he could not believe there was not an album or book that bore this title so, Brian set out to write one. 300 songs, 2 years, and 1 near nervous breakdown later, here it lies.
In 2015 Brian Dunne released “Songs From The Hive,” a love letter to the music of The Band and Bob Dylan, a tip of the cap (wide brimmed, brown, with a feather) to his folky heroes. And then he hit the road. Brian played for anybody and everybody, played everywhere anyone would take him; living rooms, cafes, clubhouses, big theaters, small theaters, movie theaters, listening rooms, college cafeterias, etc. Boasting nearly 300 shows in the year and a half that followed, he ended up finding himself in some surprisingly cool circumstances. What he found most liberating was that being relatively unknown had it’s perks– he was beholden to nothing. No one was expecting anything of him.
So it was with this in mind that Brian set out to write the next project. Equipped with the title only, he needed just to come up with things that he liked. Should be easy.
As it turns out, he doesn’t like anything. Also, according to the finest head doctors of New York City, Brian is clinically insane. And while having a conversation with his (and our) good pal Liz Longley, who sings with him on track 5 of this record, she said very simply “well, write about that.” And there it was.
This was the inspiration behind the lead track, “Tell Me Something,” and the others came to him following that one. “Taxi” is a song about the pursuit of something invisible and intangible, and the risk that comes with it. “You Got Me Good” is a song about being a sucker that I wrote so I could sing it at the top of my lungs. “We Don’t Talk About It” is a reflection on how we treat the people we’re closest to, and “Chelsea Hotel” deals with the crutches we lean when our lives are too difficult to withstand. But the record didn’t really take shape until Brian came up with “Don’t Give Up On Me” one afternoon, sitting at his living room table. It seemed to sum up his mission statement for the whole record. “It’s about the devotion to maintaining your idealism as the world makes you more cynical. It’s about putting your chips back on the table after you’ve suffered a big loss. And if you have to lose again, lose in a big way. I love that idea.”