Singer/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter’s second Lost Highway release Pass It Around expertly blends acoustic and electric aspects with folk, blues, rock, and even funk musical fragments and references.
His singing ranges from light and loose to impassioned and forceful, while his backing band of bassist Matt Grundy, keyboardist Eric Brigmond and drummer Craig Barnette nicely complement, embellish and frame his lyric explorations and refrains.
Special guests Ben Harper ("Pass It Around"), G. Love ("Sing a Song") and Grant Lee Phillips ("Mansions in the Sand") add spice in their contributions.
The material ranges from the social message themes in "Pass It Around" and "Come Together" to the more sentimental portraits on "Your Heart" and "Come with Me."
But Frankenreiter doesn’t specialize or restrict himself to any type of setting or scenario. Pass It Around has its light and heavy moments, but overall it’s a showcase for Frankenreiter’s freewheeling musical tendencies and expressive singing and playing.