Label: Not On Label - none • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
Product Details At the young age of sixteen, Dan Stevens' romantic streak was ignited by his first guitar teacher in small town central Pennsylvania who told him stories about the lives of traveling blues musicians like Mississippi John Hurt and Fred McDowell. After being Hesitation Blues - Dan Stevens - Road To Memphis by Woody Guthrie's book, 'Bound for Glory', the magnetic lure of the road captured his imagination and with a driving passion he hitchhiked and hopped freight trains guitar in Hesitation Blues - Dan Stevens - Road To Memphis across the United States five times, eventually covering overmiles.
Always seeking diverse experiences, he has worked as a teacher in Pennsylvania and Arizona, a rock-climbing instructor in New Mexico, broke his collarbone riding bulls in Colorado. And sailed schooners for a living on the Eastern seaboard.
He lived full time on his own wooden sloop in Mystic CT for a couple of years while performing solo up and down the East Coast. Musically, Dan continued to hone his guitar skills taking lessons from renowned acoustic guitarist and W. Handy Award winner Paul Rishell, who taught him how to play slide. His repertoire reflects the influence of his revered teachers who actually knew and performed with many of the legendary blues masters.
His tastes include delta blues 'bottleneck Meteoro 2028 - Natas* - Ciudad De Brahman tunes, the more carefree piedmont style, and arrangements comprised of complex orchestration with plenty of chord changes up the neck in the spirit of Dave Van Ronk. His originals remain true to the traditional forces which powerfully shaped his early musical development and prompt listeners to praise the authenticity of his approach.
As a full time professional musician sinceDan continues to tour incessantly along the East Coast, U. Virgin Islands, U. An irrepressible guitar collector, Dan surrounds himself with vintage and custom instruments acquired in his many travels.
Usually packing three guitars, any given performance may find him choosing to play a 's Sears Silvertone, a National Steel, a retro lime green Resophonic, and more.
Original songs such as 'Broke Down and Hungry', 'Driving Fool', 'Open Road', and 'Ramblin'' give a sense of what is was like for him Doctor Who - The Alchemists travelmiles in three years in an '88 Chevy Van.
Art Tipaldi, Senior Writer for the Blues Revue magazine, in his review of this CD, offered, 'His stylish fingerpicking and warm vocals shade these tunes with fresh, penetrating nuances.
In live shows, Dan often pauses between songs, offering historical trivia or relating incidents from his personal experience. Termed 'Connecticut's hardest working bluesman' by the New York Times inWho Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) - Bill Evans - The Secret Sessions (Recorded At The Village plays over engagements a year, including concerts, clubs, festivals, coffeehouses, community and private events and educational programs.
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