Smart Bets: Brett Dennen

The first thing that singer-songwriter Brett Dennen wrote for his new album, Smoke and Mirrors, was “Wild Child,” a song, he says, “Pointed the ship in the direction it was going.” It’s a rollicking, feel-good folk-rocker that, the musician says, reconnected him to his roots. Those roots include his mountain home in the Sonora Pass region of the Sierra Nevada, where he retreated to hike, camp and pen 10 new tracks. He also made a series of camp(y) wilderness-tips videos, with humorous riffs on subjects like bird calling and lake safety. Dennen, a self-proclaimed half-introvert, returns to society for his current tour, which brings him to The Grey Eagle on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Noah Gundersen opens. 9 p.m., $20 in advance/$22 day of show. thegreyeagle.com. Photo by Ben Moon

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