26 April 2007
Show starts at 8pm
Live at Liberty Hall
Indie wunderkind Jose Gonzalez was born to Argentinean parents and grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden with formal guitar studies and a family record collection that was equal parts bossa nova and Beatles.
There are hints of Latin rhythm and Scandinavian melancholy in his songcraft, but there’s more to Gonzalez than his unusual upbringing — or the comparisons in the music press to introspective forbears like Nick Drake and Elliot Smith.
With the Swedish-only release of his debut album Veneer in 2003, Gonzalez’s technical command of the guitar and his romantic, autumnal songwriting distinguished him from all of his neo-folk contemporaries. Word spread in indie pop circles of this unassuming Swede with a sensuous voice and peerless guitar technique, and Veneer made its way to sympathetic audiences and record labels in Europe and America. With some high-profile publicity along the way, Gonzalez now manages a level of acclaim and visibility extraordinary for a musician known for performing with only his own voice, songs, and guitar. Currently at work on his second album, Gonzalez’s April 26th appearance in Marfa will be one of only a few live dates for him this year. Ballroom is truly honored to host him.