Singer-songwriter announces tour; debuts “Johnny” single, “a cautionary tale about crashing with randos,” via Paste.
Dan Hubbard as photographed by Karen Bridges (Beyond The Well)
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“Ranks alongside the likes of Ryan Adams as one of the finest contemporary country-rock front men.” – R2 Magazine (UK)
“Now I only stay in hotels or with close family or friends,” says Bloomington, Illinois-based songwriter, Dan Hubbard. He’s recounting the story that inspired “Johnny,” the latest single from his upcoming self-titled solo album, arriving February 5th, 2016. Hear it now via Paste. “We thought someone we were staying with on tour was pretty pissed, and while no one actually got shot, we ended up leaving at 4AM to sleep in the van.”
While Hubbard’s new album is a solo singer-songwriter effort, over the past decade, he had been cultivating a Midwestern rock n’ roll sound. Following 2011’s The Love Show with his band, The Humadors, however, Hubbard felt the urge to change things up. When he did, he had to make some big choices.
“Everyone had their reasons for wanting to end the band, but changing my sound, which was something I never cared about before, was my reason,” Hubbard says. It was a precarious move for an artist who had already built a small, but devoted fan base, but the risk has paid off. Hubbard’s upcoming album is all the proof that’s needed. Where the Humadors rocked well, Hubbard’s new songs, and his performance of them, sound less rave-up and more settled in – real, relatable, roots-driven music that sticks.
The record came about when, armed with a batch of some of the best songs he’d written in his life, Hubbard headed to Nashville to work with producer Ken Coomer, a co-founder of Wilco and a three-time Grammy nominee.
“Ken played drums on Wilco’s Being There and Summerteeth albums – two of my favorite records of all time,” Hubbard exclaims of this dream-come-true scenario. Coomer brought in a who’s who of local talent to round out Hubbard’s studio band, including Dave Roe (long-time bassist with Johnny Cash), Adam Ollendorff (guitarist with Kacey Musgraves), and Tyson Rogers (pianist with Don Williams.) Of course, Coomer himself joined in behind the drums.
“I was a little nervous about becoming a ‘solo artist,’” Hubbard says. “It was a little like starting over, but all of these great experiences helped me feel that I’d made the right decision. I know it’s the best thing I’ve done.” Dan Hubbard embark on a tour surrounding the release of the new album. See below for dates.
Dan Hubbard is scheduled for release on February 5th, 2016. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Dan Hubbard – On Tour
01/27 Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club w/ Martin Sexton
01/31 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall w/ Martin Sexton
02/05 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater Record Release Show
02/06 Springfield, IL @ The Legacy Theater
02/11 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
02/12 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
02/19 Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room
02/20 Cedar Rapids, IA @ Artisans Sanctuary
02/26 LaSalle, IL @ Ninth Street Pub
02/27 Champaign, IL @ Cowboy Monkey
03/03 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
03/04 Louisville, KY @ Third Street Dive
03/05 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
03/11 Fort Myers, FL @ Yabo
03/26 Emporia, KS @ Emporia Granada Theater
04/15 St. Charles, IL @ Old Towne Pub
04/16 Milwaukee, WI @ Art Bar
(S/R – Feb. 5th, 2016)
02. More I Live, Less I Know
04. Straw Hat
05. And The Music
06. She Gives It Everything
07. All Night, Alright
08. Tired of Loving You
09. Come Tomorrow
10. The Turning Point
Dan Hubbard Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion
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