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Dan Stevens / Press

“ Florida folksinger and songwriter Dan Stevens is back with his second batch of tall tales. Drawing inspiration equally from Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie, Jack Kerouac and John Prine, Dan weaves stories as effortlessly as some people breathe. What makes this a better record than his debut, Rearview Mirrors, is twofold: a thematic quality to the songs accentuated by fi ddle, banjo, pedal steel, accordion from Chubby Charrier and autoharp (courtesy of Gove Scrivenor) and a willingness to stand back and let the songs speak for themselves. In addition to the autobiographical tunes, Dan continues his brand of social commentary via the protest song (Local Hero and Duck and Cover) as well as lighter, more humorous tracks (The Field Sobriety Line Dance and I Ain’t Old, I’m Vintage). My Life of Adventure was again produced by Lis and Lon Williamson at Gatorbone Studios.”

“Singer-songwriters: ze blijven op onze redactie met tientallen toestromen en elk nieuw stapeltje cd’s dat we mogen recenseren bestaat voor de overgrote meerderheid uit dit soort muzikanten. Zo kregen we onlangs het album “My Life Of Adventure” van de Amerikaanse zanger en componist Dan Stevens uit Florida. Dat bleek al zijn tweede plaat te zijn in opvolging van debuutalbum “Rearview Mirrors” uit 2010. In de twaalf zelfgeschreven tracks op deze cd brengt Dan Stevens nummers die western swing harmonieus verenigen met country en folkliedjes, die met de begeleiding van zijn akoestische gitaar het best tot hun recht lijken te komen.”

“Stevens is a man full of life, a robust singer who, from the off, sings the title track with the joie de vivre of a pirate sea shanty. His folk songs tell of his travels such as Austin Bound and Kerouac's Dream, of a conscientious objector who continued to meet hard times in Bruised Knees and the summing up a well-lived life in I Ain't Old, I'm Vintage. ...There is a sense of humour and love of the simple truths that these songs evoke. Stevens has a forceful, big voice that suggests there's little Dan Stevens would rather do that write and sing his songs and that, in itself, is it's own reward. In many ways this is old school, something that would appeal to fans of the likes of Tom Paxton. There are no surprises, no barriers pushed here, rather Stevens lays out his observations of his life, his family. Many of the songs are written in the first person and you feel that you have an insight into Stevens' worldview and you certainly get to know his music which is easy to listen to...”

“....Dan Stevens' music is an open book. Indeed, after a lifelong endeavor of singing, writing, and performing, it is only recently that he has begun recording. Following up on his 1st album, Rearview Mirrors, released just 2 years ago, he now gives us a glimpse of his Life of Adventure, from Bruised Knees and The Field Sobriety Line Dance (in which he offers a little insight that he says "just might keep you out of jail someday"), to Duck and Cover, and his finale, I Ain't Old, I'm Vintage. Well, that may be true, but his music is all new, and a great audio slide show that offers a journey that "vintage" musicians can relate to, and those just starting out can use as a roadmap to their future. Dan's great story telling style is in full display, and his unique wit and carefree style is a refreshing anecdote to the sometimes confusing world all around. Witness his comment in the CD insert, "Without the travails of life, music could easily start to sound like prime time television."”

“Dan's song, American Dream, is number 19 on the 2011 Music Tampa Bay top 100 list !”

“Dan Stevens, local songwriter extraordinaire, taps into a sensibility crafted by guys like Jerry Reed and Merle Haggard. When Stevens strums and sings, he does so with Reed's articulate sense of humor, but his pieces convey heartache and reflection with the accuracy that Haggard found in songs like "Sing Me Back Home", an ode to an old prison mate who was sentenced to death. In "Buzzard Stew", one of the tracks off his CD entitled, Rearview Mirror, Stevens reminds us about the fragility of life, telling us that one day we might find ourselves "with a pocket full of could haves/And a pile of should have knowns." Heavy, indeed, but he takes us there with the demeanor of an old friend or funny uncle.”

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