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Dan's second studio cd, My Life of Adventure is in the can. It includes the famous "Field Sobriety Line Dance" (ok, soon to be famous), as well as "I'm not old, I'm Vintage" and the heart-wrenching, "Local Hero," amongst others. Chubby Carrier makes a special guest appearance on "Slidin' Down a Rainbow," playing accordian. Gove Scrivenor, Wally Murphy, Scott Vestal, Gabe Valla, Jason Thomas, Aaron O'Roarke, Lis and Lon Williamson, and Dave Kelsay all appear, as well.
Dan was also just selected for the annual "best of" of Searchlight by Rich Reardin.The original interview appears here: (https://www.prx.org/pieces/79330-searchlight-dan-stevens-priorities)
A few of Dan's tunes are getting some attention, particularly "Priorities," which is also getting international airplay, along with "Turner's Creek" and "Rosalee" He recently hosted a 10 week series of some of Florida's best songwriters at the Ale and the Witch in St. Pete, performed at a festival or two and is busily working on some new tunes.
He won an honorable mention in the annual Billboard Song contest a few years back and got some excellent accolades for Rearview Mirrors, released in 2010.
Dan began his musical career in the 60's with his first band, The Rats. He grew up in Massachusetts, where, due to issues with curfews, bedtimes and a lack of transportation, he put his career on hold until the early 70's. He left Beloit College (Wisconsin) and traveled to Guam, where, he joined Bamboo, a horn band which played island nightclubs and concerts.
Over the years, he's been one of the founding members of a number of rock n' roll/blues bands: Apathy, Cottonmouth, Windfall Prophet, Groove Moon and others. He's played across the New England states, in Texas and Colorado (Boulder,Telluride, and Colorado Springs), and, of course, South and Central Florida.
His last cd, Rearview Mirrors was produced by Lis and Lon Williamson, of Gatorbone Studio. Lis and Lon engineered and played on the cd, as well as contributing a heart that comes only with producers who truly care about the music. It blends the rousing dance-ability of western swing with the gentler side of country/folk ballads, the foot tapping fun of country, and the stories of Americana, with a little extra Cajun two-step thrown in.
The new cd is a little folkier, a little more country, with some bluegrass thrown in. We're sure you'll enjoy it !