Dan Tedesco / Press

"An Iowa artist recorded an entire album ... using his iPad"

“... his passion for jazz has shaped him into a master improviser. Depending on the energy of the audience, he can play any given song on his acoustic guitar, or he might switch it up and play it on piano. He calls music a living thing — an analogy that parallels the adaptability of his artistry. Music also facilitates a conversation between the performer and the audience, Tedesco says.”

“Tedesco's a Midwesterner who grew up around Chicago and, like Eaglesmith, possesses an earthy plainspoken gift for narrative. Many of his characters might've escaped from a Springsteen song, such as the rain-soaked ne'er-do-well from the piano-driven "Rubber Left to Burn," who is "rolling through this spooky turn / The radio's dead and I've lost most of my tread." The Boss might also relate to blue-collar "Closin' for the Season," keyed by a slithering lead that evokes Neil Young's "Powderfinger." Tedesco's curt rhythms echo the factory's churn: "Anymore I'm haunted by a distant whistle whine / Tales from my father's time / When a man could earn his keep, when a man could earn his sleep / Now we're just counting sheep."”

“'For a man who, at one time, referred to his act as “folk-rock on steroids,” “Death in the Valley” gives us a look at a surprisingly subdued Dan Tedesco. It’s a good look for him, too: The acoustic guitars and light keyboards of “Death in the Valley” allow Tedesco’s songwriting to stand front and center and really shine. And it’s the songwriting that is Tedesco’s real strong point. He’s an affable, emotionally-pure storyteller, and it’s difficult not to come along for the ride when he sings about life’s tired hardships in songs like “Rubber Left to Burn."'”

"Whether he's banging away on an acoustic or spinning sinewy sounds on guitar or keyboards with the assistance of a nearby outlet and an appropriately volumed amp, Tedesco writes and plays with the heart-sleeved sensitivity of the best Folk troubadours and the muscular appeal of the best heartland rockers. "

"Well, at this point, this is what I’d do. Music is my life. I’ve worked really hard to be able to sustain myself with it and to be able to pursue it. You have to fully commit, to give everything to it. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to pursue something so aggressively, though I’ve had to make a lot of those opportunities, but I’ve had a lot of help along my way, whether it’s things other musicians have done, those involved in music production, or what my wife has done for me. That’s helped this whole experience."