It should come as no surprise that The Donnis Trio got their start near the slow paced beaches and laid back surf communities of San Diego. Check in with the trio at a local coffee shop or nightclub and you will be treated to a mix of upbeat and soothing acoustic tunes that are both tastefully organic and endlessly soulful. The lilting guitar and robust vocals of singer/songwriter Nate Donnis combine seamlessly with the graceful slip-sliding of Denis Sluka on electric upright bass and the syncopated rhythms of percussionist Phil Woodring. The resulting sound is refreshingly unique yet comfortably familiar, and connects with a widely diverse audience of all ages and backgrounds.
The band's debut album All Directions (Shady Tree Records) is a powerful showcase of masterful songwriting and musical synchronicity. Rooted in folk and acoustic rock, the album’s fourteen original songs resonate with sleek acoustic arrangements, honest lyrics, and rich vocals. “Nate has a rare voice that stops people in their tracks to come in for a closer listen.,” notes Cathryn Beeks of ListenLocalSD.com.
Since forming in the fall of 2005, The Donnis Trio has been progressing naturally and quickly. Their song “No Other Place” was given honorable mention in the International Acoustic Music Awards in 2005 and they were recently awarded first place in the San Diego Songwriter's Guild contest by a panel of music industry professionals including: Brian Rawlings (VP Disney Music), Christopher Brooks (LA Film Score Producer), and local radio DJ's from San Diego. Astra Kelly of KPRI has called The Donnis Trio “One of the top acts to look for in 2007”. Indeed with 2007 in front of them and a strong debut album in their back pocket, the band has high spirits for the future.