Originally from Minneapolis, Gagner began his musical career as a drummer soaking up local favorites Hüsker Dü, The Replacements, and The Jayhawks. He moved to San Francisco, traded his drum sticks for an acoustic guitar, and began writing. From the start, his songs were rhythmically sophisticated and melodically mature, with hooks both surprising and inevitable. An obsession with home recording quickly developed, and he soon found himself spending every night hunched over a cheap four-track cassette recorder. Several years and several hundred songs later, Gagner was ready to polish the best tracks for his debut.Read More...
What started as a loose concept album evolved into a more autobiographical statement after two life-changing events: emergency surgery and marriage within the same year. Rhapsody in Blonde emerged with a focused clarity forged from the extremes of physical pain and redemptive love. This story of adversity and triumph culminates with surprise coda, "Sweet Child of Mine" reinterpreted as a tender lullaby to his unborn daughter.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- I Hate To Say - 3,007 plays
- Waterloo - 196 plays
- Take It Easy on Yourself - 277 plays
- Speak & Spell - 133 plays
- Between - 138 plays
- Not Without Hope - 173 plays
- I've Taken a Shine to You - 218 plays
- Moonlight Dancing - 249 plays
- You Can Say That Again - 108 plays
- Catching My Breath - 233 plays