Brett Dennen's music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range–a retreat to which he would eventually return for inspiration on Smoke and Mirrors. “Being in the mountains, aside from the inspiration, was so crucial to me, because as a kid I used to spend so much time in the mountains. And just being there helped me regain that self-confidence. I remembered who I was.”
"I’m a Martin guy. Always have been. I fell in love a long time ago with the songs they make. They’re all works of art made by hand. I don’t treat them like they are my most prized possessions because a songwriter’s tools are not for coddling. They have to go where I have to go. Right or regretful, always truthful. It's an honor to be part of the Martin family."