The Love Still Shows

Donna Lynn Caskey

Timeless yet topical clawhammer banjo based originals to lift spirits and touch hearts.

The Love Still Shows, follow up to 2014’s critically praised Nameless Heart, brings Donna Lynn Caskey’s soulful, endearing songwriting back to eager audiences. Haunting and jubilant notes ring out from her traditional, clawhammer-style banjo on eleven tracks, forming a stirring musical love letter to listeners. Themes deftly maneuver from everyday pleasures to bittersweet memories and on to new beginnings.

A long-time social worker by day, Donna Lynn’s songs evoke a vivid emotional landscape. The album opens with “Break Free,” an encouraging anthem of claiming one’s own voice despite obstacles. “It Ain’t Personal” reassures listeners that sometimes it takes backtracking to get back on track, and “Beauty Queen” declares we are whole regardless of perceived imperfections. The album is at turns confessional on tracks like “Look At Me,” “The Book,” and “I Am Willing/Down By The Riverside” as well as humorous, including a love song to an “Angel Of A Cat.”

Maturity abounds on Donna Lynn’s sophomore effort with growth as a songwriter and musician showcased throughout the album. The youngest of ten children, she reflects on the passing of senior-age parents on the title track “The Love Still Shows” as well as on “Odds Are For Beating.” Though personal, these songs also reveal unexpected gifts amid the pain and messiness of life in general, as do the timeless sounding “My Blessed Child” and “The Time Is Here.”

Acclaimed Los Angeles producer, singer-songwriter, and sideman Ed Tree (Spencer Davis) captures the essence of Donna Lynn’s sound while adding guitar, bass, harmonium, and vocals in support. The arrangements are further enhanced by world-class guest musicians including fiddler Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers), percussionists Ray Yslas (David Sanborn) and Debra Dobkin (Bonnie Raitt), violist Novi Novog (Doobie Brothers), and vocalists Penny Nichols (Jimmy Buffett) and Glen Roethel. The Love Still Shows treats the ears in addition to nourishing the heart.

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Nameless Heart

Donna Lynn Caskey

Timeless yet topical clawhammer banjo based originals to lift spirits and touch hearts.

Nameless Heart is the debut album of singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player Donna Lynn Caskey. Grammy-nominated producer Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson) adds just the right amount of vocals, percussion, guitar, bass, bouzouki, piano and studio warmth to the arrangements to tastefully support Donna Lynn and her classic banjo sound.

“Slot Machine” (previously recorded by Julie Christensen) elicits a vivid picture of the gamble of love. A sassy “Flower Print Dress” (also featured in the 2014 Banjo Babes Calendar & Album) symbolizes ill-advised romance amid a lush, southern June. “The Good News” pans for gold in the mud of life and, like many of Caskey's songs, inspires listeners to sing along.

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Upcoming Shows

Live Music Is Making A Comeback!

Ojai Underground Exchange, 616 Pearl St., Ojai, CA

I'm excited (& okay, a little nervous) to play a live, in-person show for the first time in over 15 months. My music and banjo buddy Abby Posner will also play a set. A limited quantity of live audience tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance here: https://ojaiundergroundexchange.square.site. Live audience members must bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR negative COVID test result dated within 72 hours of the event. Masks are mandatory.

If you're not ready to be part of a live audience yet and/or are at a geographic distance, a high-quality broadcast will also go out over YouTube. Broadcast tickets are sliding scale, pay what you'd like between $5-$20: https://ojaiundergroundexchange.square.site. No refunds. The live broadcast link will be sent via email 15 minutes before showtime. Please no forwarding the link to other households so to better support the venue and artists. Much thanks!

Bushwick Book Club- Runaway Edition

Zoom hosted by Palm Loft Gallery

The Bushwick Book Club of Santa Barbara will have another location-independent online songwriter showcase on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Book discussion of Runaway by Alice Munro with audience 6:30 PM, music starts around 7 PM Pacific Time. One round of new songs inspired by the book, another round of originals. Still plenty of time to read the book! You're more than welcome to join us whether you read it or not. Link to Zoom showcase: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2893382152?pwd=WDczT2RKZ29sZm5pdXhGbWpPdFI3dz09 Meeting ID: 289 338 2152 Password: PALMLOFT

Songs of Jimmy "Muffin" Yessian Concert

Palm Loft Gallery, 410 Palm Ave. Loft A-1, Carpinteria, CA 93013

This concert features several of the musicians, including yours truly, who had the honor of learning and recording one of beloved songwriter Jimmy "Muffin" Yessian's songs for a compilation to support pancreatic cancer research. We'll each do one of Jimmy's songs then another round of originals. If so moved, please keep Jimmy in your prayers. Thank you.