“A singer-songwriter that is one of the Country and Americana scene's true journeymen.”
- ROLLING STONE
4 of 5 Stars “Nashville Singer-songwriter continues Country’s regeneration. Gallardo nods to country’s most distant past while sounding like its very near future.”
- MOJO Magazine
"Nashville’s own singer songwriter Don Gallardo presents his own folk tinged take on alt-country and Americana combined with a retro 70’s aesthetic. Hailed by critics, Rolling Stone hailed him as, “one of Americana’s true journeyman”. Gallardo describes himself as a road warrior due to his frequent touring, and his life on the road certainly shines through his music. With musical themes that evoke images of rolling American landscapes, Don Gallardo is the perfect choice to throw on any road trip playlist."
- Lightning 100 (WRLT FM) Nashville, TN
One of “Best Country Music Albums of 2015” with the likes of Gretchen Peters, Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell, Patty Griffin, Kasey Musgraves, Willie & Merle, Chris Stapleton & more
- The Telegraph
"If you appreciate the good stuff- the stand by artists and albums that never let you down: Wilco, Beatles, The Band, Neil Young, Bob Dylan. There is enough complicated listening out there and our ears deserve something that’s righteous, honest and ballsy in just the right spots and Gallardo nails that equation"
- Glide Magazine
"Some great music and great songs. We love him here in Nashville."
- Dan Buckley at Lightning 100 (100.1FM Nashville)
4 of 5 Stars “Gallardo is the real deal”
- Maverick Magazine
"The songwriting and performances on this collection is stellar; a gathering of songs that goes right to the soul and mind, simultaneously. Some incredibly fine music. Don Gallardo certainly understand the art of crafting a story-song and threading the songs together to deliver an album that’s “readable.” And he’s done it seamlessly with Hickory. It’s time to shine the light on this masterful songwriter."
“I’m really enjoying the record”
- Bob Harris Country
“Hickory is really beautiful. Down In The Valley is a gorgeous track. I really loved what I’ve heard and its a step up from previous works”
- Ralph McLean BBC Ulster
"An intriguing and intoxicating brew of country, folk and rootsy tracks. I was impressed."
- Mike Ritchie Celtic FM Scotland
“Gallardo is a diverse performer with a lyrical depth and soothing vocal style which helps his songs weave between genres effortlessly hopping from alt-country to indie rock to classic rock in his purely Americana tracks that channel influences like Uncle Tupelo, The Band, Grateful Dead, and Wilco.“
- No Country For New Nashville
“Don Gallardo is a masterful artist perfectly equipped to interpret American roots music in am impressive style to totally engage the listener.”
- Three Chords & The Truth
“One of my favorite singers. His new album is beautiful”
- Noel Casey of 103.2 Dublin City FM
Drawing deep from the tradition of southern country soul..’
- Blabber ‘n’ Smoke, Paul Kerr
“If you enjoyed albums such as Southeastern by Jason Isbell, then I think you might enjoy Hickory. The voice of a man comfortable in his skin and with something to say.”
- Meetwood Flac Blogspot
“Thought provoking storytelling that stays long after you have stopped listening, this album is cleverly arranged to ensure that despite the introspective moments we don’t stay down for long.…..Dark, moody folk tales as well the requisite songs that tell of love lost…masterful melody, thoughtful lyrics, and honeyed vocals….”
- Nashville Over Here
“Don Gallardo has one of the most consistently excellent back catalogues around at the moment with 'Hickory.’ His fifth release. It is an incredibly strong album of rootsy music and one that could easily cross over into the mainstream, given a chance, whilst still holding huge appeal for the fans of 'edgy' roots music.”
Top 20 Best Albums of 2015 (Along with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Drew Holcombe, Ryan Bingham, Asleep At The Wheel, Kacey Musgraves, The Decembrists and more)
Leader’s American Pie (MeridianFM) UK
One of the Best Albums of 2015
- CADIZ Music UK
Top Ten Festival Performance of 2015 (along with Dawes, Rhiannon Giddens, Chastity Brown, Doug Seegers)
- Three Chords & The Truth
Don Gallardo is a supremely talented singer-songwriter with an unimaginable musical range, recognizable and universally appealing originals, and a far-reaching repertoire of covers, packing a folky flair that your average downtown passerby would instantly love, but not be able to find in such a genuine and fulfilling capacity at any other nearby performance space.
- No Country For New Nashville
"Absolutely lovely. Beautiful words."
- BBC Radio Lancashire - Sally Naden
DON GALLARDO is featured as New and Now Upcoming Artists in SESAC Fall 2012 Magazine (see pic above)
With a great singer and a metronome, the Dead might have sounded this good. Kyle Everson plays heavenly Dobro on “Hey Julia,” a slight nod to the Band’s “Ophelia,” and guitarists Clint Maine and Joe Andrews are country sweet on “Broken.”
-Vintage Guitar Magazine ~ Feb 2013
"This album is the reason why I'm in this business....A true listening pleasure from start to finish.....Looking forward to bigger and better things from this 'most excellent" performer..."
- Big Kev Ploghoft
"Don Gallardo is one of those rare folk songwriters who can have deep lyrics blend seamlessly with a catchy melody that does not descend into pop, but instead brings fourth the elements of roots music."
- Sloane Spencer
Country Fried Rock
Don Gallardo - The Art of Troublesome Times REVIEW
"Don Gallardo delivers songs that are visions from a time machine whose odometer is broken. We’re never quite sure where we are in his time line, but wherever it is, Gallardo is able to reduce the clutter of contemporary voices in our head into a quieter, simpler vision. His music references the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Uncle Tupelo, and Tom Petty. His Americana-styled arrangements are contemporary in their mingling of electric and acoustic blends. The songs are fluid, fully realized and as relaxingly luxuriant as a recliner with a built-in massage unit."
- The Alternate Root
"There's something so funky and gritty about the songs on Don Gallardo's recent album, it transports you back to a time when country was more about stories than stars. Get comfy before you start listening because you're not going to want to leave until the last note has played."
- Nancy Dunham, Freelance Music Writer
May of 2012 Indie Music Reviewer named Don Gallardo "50 Indie Acoustic Artists You Don’t Want To Miss! (our honorable mention list)" click here for INDIE MUSIC REVIEWER
Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011 on Roots Radio Report. "Don Gallardo - When The Daylight Whispers Darling..." #29 and "Don Gallardo - Sweetheart Radio Revolution, Etc." #40
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“Don Gallardo is one of those rare gems… Don’s writing style harkens back to a time when Nashville was overflowing with great storytellers. I highly recommend to fans of great songwriters”
- Chris Harkness at No Depression - March 2011
“Gallardo is a careful singer who writes intelligently about the boredom and charm of small-town life. His new full-length When the Daylight Whispers Darling... is his strongest effort yet: country-rock with brains, charm and experimental impulses that are perfectly integrated into a familiar context.”
- Nashville Scene - April 2011
“The music is great. Lovely tracks, if you are a fan of the Ryan Adams style of alt-country.”
- Ralph McLean BBC Ireland Ulster
“When the Daylight Whispers Darling is a charming and melodic album overflowing with wonderful country-influenced tunes. This may be Don Gallardo's best effort so far, proving he's a great songwriter with a great future ahead of him. “
- Common Folk Music.com - April 2011
“A San Francisco to Nashville transplant who’s impressing the best in Americana”
- Music City Roots - June 2011
“Don Gallardo then served up rock solid Americana in the vein of Greg Trooper and other songwriters with big dreams and small hats. In an easy voice he sang warnings of forgetting your home and taking time for granted. All good words set to fine tunes.”
- Craig Havighurst of Music City Roots - June 2011
“Don Gallardo does not so much deliver a song as he shakes it loose and smacks its back until it screams with life. He works words into flesh forms with a clear eye to make the heart beat both fast and slow. Don’s voice comes through the haze of hurt to help take those first tentative steps away and say “Goodbye” to the past, describing the bright light of the future.”
-The Alternate Root Magazine
“The sound is as recognizable as the themes of broken relationships and unrequited love. Gallardo meets a musical mission with music that touches people, moves and delights.”
- Johan Schoenmakers of www.AltCountryForum.nl (Netherlands) March 2011
"When The Daylight Whispers Darling is generously peppered with fiddle-like violin, banjo, mandolin and steel guitar accents, yet it has a sound redolent of 1970s country-rock albums such as Neil Young’s Harvest, The Eagles’ Desperado, and Linda Ronstadt’s Simple Dreams. Gallardo’s smooth vocal style and outstanding songwriting skills are a match made in musical heaven. Fans of great songwriting and true musicianship should not let this melodious example of subtle brilliance slip by their ears."
- Eric Allen of The Murfreesboro Pulse - April 2011
“A Heartland / Americana sound in the best tradition of artists like Tom Petty and Steve Earle.”
- Jan Eiesland of No Deal Music (Norway) March 2011
"An engaging and tuneful album that will appeal to fans of Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, with a hint of Paul Westerberg. Without a doubt one of the better Alt-Country/Americana releases I've Come across this year."
- www.absolutepowerpop.com Dec 2009 (Florida)
"An incredibly well-crafted album, both musically and lyrically. It's full of charm that presents a certain degree of rawness as he weaves his lyrics together capturing his emotion perfectly."
- Jeff Kurtis of Today's Country Magazine (Nashville/Chicago)
"There’s a feeling when I listen to these songs that wherever I am it’s home. He sings these songs with a full throat and a big heart."
- Billys Bunker Music Reviews (Ohio)
"Sweetheart Radio Revolution Etc. perfectly fits on American Radio. The song “I Give Up” is very tasteful."
- John Gjaltema of www.AltCountry.nl (The Netherlands)
“There’s no mistake about the old-time appeal of Sweetheart Radio Revolution Etc.…peddling breezy indie folk with a Western sentiment. Rustic and easy-going melodies that have slack romance and an element of danger at the core. Likenesses have been drawn between Gallardo and the likes of Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and Steve Earle. Bold comparisons, yes, but not off base.”
- Jessica Pace of The Murfreesboro Pulse (TN) May 2010
“Don Gallardo plays charming, melodic folk-rock with a lot of heart”
- Flagpole Magazine (Athens, GA) October 2010
“Americana, guitar-strummin’ and heartstring-pluckin”
- www.RedAndBlack.com (U of Georgia Newspaper) October 2010
“This is a great example of a professional representation of ones music. The song is a positive, upbeat feel good song. It truly has a genuine sound and feel.”
- Holly Hutchison of www.soundhere.com