In his short career, 22-year-old Anthony D’Amato has performed onstage with Bruce Springsteen and earned recognition from The New York Post, who listed his song “For Emily, On New Year’s Day” #26 on their Top 209 Songs of 2009 list, singling it out for it’s “acoustic tranquility.”
For his new album, Down Wires, recorded in the same Princeton dorm that F. Scott Fitzgerald once lived in, D’Amato roped in members of Natalie Merchant’s and Ben Kweller’s bands, as well as Canadian singer-songwriter Sam Roberts.
Tell us about how you ended up performing with Bruce Springsteen.
I opened this year’s Light of Day benefit, which is an annual concert series in Asbury Park, New Jersey that raises money for Parkinson’s research. Springsteen showed up to guest with Willie Nile and Jesse Malin (two of my favorite songwriters), and then he performed a full set with the great Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers. At the end of the show, he had all the night’s performers come out for “Twist & Shout” and “Light of Day.” It was just an absolute thrill to be out there on that stage with him. (excerpt from American Songwriter)