Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past six months, you’ve certainly heard Donavon Frankenreiter’s “Life, Love & Laughter” on the radio at least once and it’s probably been stuck in your head at least that many times. The undeniably catchy first track sets the tone for Pass it Around, an upbeat album with a laid-back, California coastal summertime attitude. Despite being heavily produced, Frankenreiter’s songs manage an organic homegrown feel, unapologetically similar to the sound of friend and fellow surfer-songster Jack Johnson, as well as Ben Harper, who sings on the title track.
The boldly mustachioed Frankenreiter draws subtly on a wide variety of influences—’70s disco, funk, R&B and mariachi—to create a signature sound that conjures the images of “a big blue ocean to the right of me, mountain peaks to the left, open road in front of me” that he mentions in “Come With Me.” And, while his music is fairly mainstream and shamelessly user-friendly, listeners of every ilk will likely enjoy heeding that song’s title, embarking on a 10-tune aural vacation to Frankenreiter’s world of sun, sand and good times.
Donavon Frankenreiter plays the Wilma Theatre Friday, March 6, at 8:30 PM with Gary Jules & the Group Rules. $22/$20 advance.