Dan Webster is described as ‘one of the U.K’s best kept musical secrets and one not to miss!’ and an ‘An insightful lyricist with a great voice’ – Acoustic Magazine. According to Americana UK – ‘He is the missing link, the joining point, where folk fuses with country – as good as you’ll hear on any record out of Austin or Nashville – beautiful – he is Anglicana’. Dan is a road seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of American and British Folk music, which he uniquely blends into his own distinct fusion of Folk and Americana.
August 31st will see the release of Dan’s fourth studio album entitled Devil Sky, a beautifully produced ten track album.
The record opens with the Americana infused ‘Playing Cards In Late Night Bars’, a catch up on the individuals in ‘Playing Cards’ from his 2008 Diamond Land. The track kicks off with a punchy folk tune and explodes into full blown foot stomping Americana. The record then moves into the poignant road ballad ‘Home Again’, tastefully produced around Webster’s characteristic vocal. The third track ‘Bo’ wears a big smile and has a fun tongue in cheek feel, but is actually about his son ‘Ben’ and a father and son’s journey through childhood. Track four, ‘Haul Away’ is a poignant look at loss and moving on, referencing the nautical themes in his earlier work. Here, Danni Nicholls joins Dan on vocals. ‘Mary Anne’ follows; a bittersweet song of the road and addiction but tinged with hope. ‘Nothing But Sand’ weaves another fiddle tune through the song, without the listener sometimes realising and reflects that time and memory can’t ever really be run from. ‘Freedom In Suburbia’ looks at the relationship of media and politics through the lens of our current political climate. ‘Nothing At All’ is a direct look at unrequited or unspoken love. ‘Joe’ is a modern twist on the traditional murder ballad. It takes a snapshot of time and looks at how the world doesn’t really change, even when individual events are completely life changing. The record closes with ‘Anyway’ which is simply about time healing.
Dan is a formidable live performer, having played too many shows to count over the years, and has shared the bill with acts such as The Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Glen Tilbrook, Martin Carthy and Midge Ure to name a few. Live, Dan inspires attention; pulling you into his work with finely crafted melodies and lyrics – delivered with a powerful and honest vocal…fantastic solo, or with his band.
As well as a recording artist, Dan is increasingly recognised as a producer working with several rising stars of the roots scene including Joshua Burnell, Fran Wyburn and Rachel Croft.
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