Patrick Dethlefs started penning tunes at the age of fifteen, and while the songwriting on his debut, 2010's Stays the Same, showed a great deal of depth, his sophomore release, Fall & Rise, makes it even more apparent that he has talent beyond his years. Dethlefs has a warm delivery that recalls a young Jackson Browne filtered through Ray LaMontagne, and here his songs rise eloquently with the help of some friends — including, most notably, Paper Bird guitarist Paul Dehaven; one of that outfit's singers, Sarah Anderson; and Sarah's brother Mark, who primarily lays down mallets-on-tom beats throughout about half of the ten-song album while adding a country shuffle on songs like "Will I Ever Find Way" and "We Keep Going." Dethlefs is most definitely worth keeping a keen eye on, as his star is likely to continue rising.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.