"It was time to get back to basics," Brett Dennen says of his fifth record, Smoke and Mirrors
. "I wanted to return to the folk & acoustic music I loved when I began writing. I decided to tap into my memories & explore new emotional territory as honestly as I could." Brett's music career began humbly around the Sierra Nevada mountain range to which he would return for inspiration. "Being in the mountains, aside from the inspiration, was so crucial to me because as a kid I used to spend so much time here. And just being there helped me regain that self-confidence. I remembered who I was."