What: Patrick Dethlefs with The Silent Comedy
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007
More info: larimerlounge.com
In the past three years, Patrick Dethlefs released two full-length albums and a joint EP. During that time, he entered his 20s.
Rather than using his coming-of-age years to inject meaning into his music or weave a backstory filled with existential questions, he's just going with the flow.
It helps that he's been doing this for a lot longer than the album release dates suggest. He started learning guitar when he was 12 years old, and it wasn't long after that he was writing and performing.
"I don't know, I still feel like a kid as far as what I'm doing. I'm still working at this," he said. "I wonder how much ... my songwriting has affected my life. I don't know how I turn all these life experiences into songs or how my life experiences affect writing and what not."
His most recent record, Fall & Rise, turned one year old this month and it shows some kind of growth, regardless of Dethlefs' intentions. The lovely folk tunes sound like they could have been written by someone with more years behind him but avoid sounding too nostalgic for some kind of bygone music traditions.
He had some help from Paul Dehaven and Sarah Anderson of Denver folksters Paper Bird, a band he also went on tour with.
Right now, the Denver-area songwriter (he's living near Evergreen) is working with another Denver musician, Patrick Meese.
"He plays drums in Nathaniel Rateliff's band and he was like, 'We should do some recording together' and whatnot, and I had a few new songs that I was thinking of doing something with," Dethlefs said.
"I think I recorded them on my phone and sent them to him, then we came up with some ideas about how we wanted to address the songs. I wrote the melodies and lyrics, but dressing them was both of our ideas. He engineered these songs that we're working on and then he also played quite a few instruments."
When the songs are released -- Dethlefs hesitates to say there will be an album -- it will be under his name as a solo artist. He's also hoping to release another LP next year. Wherever it all goes and whenever it happens, he maintains a laidback and sunny outlook.
"I'm looking forward to what's coming," he said. "I've been playing music for a while ... but it doesn't seem at all old to me. I'm not tired of it at all."