About Bart Davenport
Over his career, Bart Davenport has been many things: a garage rocker with the Loved Ones, a smooth modern soul crooner with Honeycut, and a solo artist with a track record full of sonic left turns ('70s soul, dance music, bossa nova) that complemented his indie pop bona fides. His honeyed lead vocals are a constant no matter the project; the care he and his collaborators put into the construction of records is another.
Davenport headed out on his own in the early 2000s, drawing from any number of soft rock, classic rock, and singer/songwriter influences (Thin Lizzy, Al Stewart, and James Taylor, just to name a few) in formulating his silky-smooth, eminently laid-back indie pop tunes. His self-titled debut album was released on Antenna Farm Records in 2002, and he released two more albums on that label (Game Preserve and Maroon Cocoon) over the course of the next three years. All three albums showcased Davenport's velvety vocal prowess and a loungey, retro vibe that nodded to Call & Response, the Bees, and (in his folkier moments) the Kings of Convenience.
Davenport took a break from his solo work following the release of Maroon Cocoon in order to focus on Honeycut, who enjoyed a modicum of mainstream success when one of their tunes was featured in a 2007 Apple iMac ad. It wasn't long, however, before Davenport resumed working on his solo material; his fourth studio album, Palaces, hit stores in 2008. After taking it easy for a bit, Davenport burst forth with albums released between the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011: an album of covers for Tapete titled Searching for Bart Davenport; another Honeycut album, Comedians; and one titled With All Due Respect by his new side project, the Incarnations. In 2012, he reconnected with Maroon Cocoon producer Sam Flax to record the "Someone2Dance" single, which found him dipping his toe into the world of dance music.
Back on more familiar ground, after moving to L.A. in 2012 he and bassist Jessica Espeleta put together a new band (Dream Boys guitarist Wayne Faler, keyboardist Nathan Lee Shafer, and drummer Paul Burkhart) to record his fifth solo album. The soft rock-informed Physical World was issued by Lovemonk and Burger in early 2014. Much of the same group, now going by Bart & the Bedazzled, was back (minus Shafer and Burkhart, plus drummer Andres Renteria) for the next record, which was produced by L.A. Takedown's Aaron M. Olson. Released in 2018, Blue Motel was another soft rock-inspired, '80s sophisti-pop affair, given extra gloss by Olson's slick production and synths. ~ Margaret Reges