Ken’s Music Pick: Anthony da Costa at The Living Room

Anthony da Costa

Anthony da Costa is a kid. Or is he an old man? I just can’t tell. Age-wise, he’s pretty damn young; 21 years old, to be exact, but spirit-wise, he’s like a grandfather — sharing pearls of wisdom about life and teaching you how to fold a newspaper into a sailboat/hat.

In an astonishingly short time, Da Costa has put out 6 solo albums, been a nominee for the Folk Alliance’s Emerging Artist of the Year, and a finalist in Mountain Stage’s New Song competition. He’s won Kerrville’s New Folk competition as well as Falcon Ridge’s Emerging Artist competition. Oh yeah, and he was also named one of WFUV’s “New Artists to Watch” in 2009. It’s his age that makes these things astonishing but listen to the “old-soul” sound of his music and it all makes sense.