January 29, 2009

i tried all i could to save him / my love was not enough


I’ve fallen hard for the humble NYC duo of Anthony Da Costa and Abbie Gardner, whose sublime harmonies and wrenching lyrics hit in the best possible way. Plus, kid sounds exactly like Ryan Adams, and I don’t think he’s even twenty years old yet – take a listen:

Nothing Left To Hide
On My Knees

Their self-released album Bad Nights / Better Days is quickly becoming one of my most listened-to of the year, as well as my most sung-along-to of the year whilst driving in my car on dark nights. Deeply satisfying.

[thanks Dainon!]


  • Oh, wow, that’s beautiful. :)

    Thanks for sharing, Heather!

    Hunter — January 29, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

  • One of my favorite albums of 2008. Thanks for sharing.

    fulltext — January 29, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  • Holy Heartbreaker is right! $10 just flew out of my pocket! Thanks!

    billy — January 29, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

  • Heather…you continue to completely blow me away with your musical selections! Probably should have told you this months ago…


    chuck — January 29, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

  • I saw these two last year at the Kerrville Folk Festival and was blown away. Great sound, voice and depth to his lyrics, he is only 17, maybe 18 now.


    Klaus — January 30, 2009 @ 8:08 am

  • damn… That was truly heartstopping actually.. But I googled and found out that this kid’s 18 years old and already he sounds like he’s been at it forever! DAMN!

    Emelie — January 30, 2009 @ 8:11 am

  • When can we see these guys live? I can’t find any live dates.

    Seamus Dolan — January 30, 2009 @ 10:12 am

  • Remember that Brady Bunch episode where Bobby fell in love for the first time and saw fireworks explode in the sky when he kissed the girl of his dreams? These songs are a lot like that!! Damn.

    Kenny — January 30, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  • “Nothing to Hide” is absolutely mesmerizing. This is beautiful music, thank you Heather. It sort of reminded me the whole Glen Hansard Marketa Irglova duo with the way they played off each in other in a folky, longing way.

    Knox Road

    Lee — January 31, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

  • Hi Heather,
    Wow, thanks so much for finding our album and telling your readers about it. They asked about live dates, the best place to find those is here: http://www.anthonydacosta.com

    Abbie — January 31, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

  • Thanks Heather. Loved these and bought the album.

    JC — February 1, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  • he does sound like ryan adams!
    i had to check the names twice….just to make sure :p

    fanie — February 6, 2009 @ 1:31 am

  • [...] from Heather over at the wonderful I am Fuel, You Are Friends blog. Go ahead and see her post here about the utterly folktastic Abbie Gardner and Anthony da Costa. I can’t get enough of them. [...]

    Abbie Gardner / Anthony da Costa « Knox Road — February 7, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  • Heather, I’ve been hooked on Anthony Da Costa ever since I heard his Dylan ‘Boots of Spanish Leather’ cover on his YouTube page….just amazing. Great post!

    Indiana Josh — February 8, 2009 @ 11:45 am

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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