"This is the sound of a man on fire. Smart, funny and honestly out of his mind; but he comes back long enough to sing about it. One of the best singer/songwriters I've ever heard."
- Bob Boilen, NPR
"Dondero is this generation's Townes Van Zandt, a peripatetic tumbleweed casting across the country's highways and dirt roads searching for truth and love. His reedy tenor shuffles through clever verbal forays, over raga-muffin folk, brightened by Dondero's road-wizened stoicism"
- Houston Chronicle
"He has a terrific ear and eye for simple detail, for spinning songs out of the mundane just as deftly as standards like love and loss."
- David Bevan, Pitchfork
"His songs capture places in detail, but also the feeling that life can be about grabbing a hold of the wind (or of a song, as he sometimes phrases it) and seeing where it takes you."
- Dave Headon, Pop Matters
"Dondero is a brilliant storyteller and poet. His searching melodies and distinctive voice are heartbreakingly beautiful and uplifting."
- Robin Hilton, NPR
"Dondero writes folk songs that speak to people who don't think they like folk songs."
- Justin Berton, East Bay Express
"Ever since going solo and releasing his 1999 album ... The Pity Party, David has shown a remarkable ability to capture the heart of America in his songs, which he does with his rambling, poetic narratives, like a modern day Jack Kerouac, and in turn captures the heart of humankind."
- No Depression