Dan Stevens (from the album Runnin’ the Backroads)
Dan Stevens collects a bunch of tales, adds music, and assembles them as songs, gathers words and music together as Runnin’ the Backroads, his latest album release. Dan Stevens is a storyteller with the ability to deliver elicit anger for attacks on the environment (“Blair Mountain”) finding fault with corporations as much as the victims who stand silent, wraps lost days etching out a meager living with humor as he sits behind the wheel of a car stuck in traffic (“Crush Hour Traffic”), makes a political stand (“Hey Uncle Sam (It’s Just My Opinion”), and has a laugh at the expense of aging (“Viagra con Dios”). Runnin’ the Backroads combines pathos with playful against a backdrop of non-stop Country Folk aged in tradition that constantly bubbles underneath Dan Stevens view of the modern world.
Following a lifetime of playing in bands, Dan Stevens spends his time as a songwriter in 2017, taking the sights from a lifetime of experiences and putting them to music. From Dan’s home in Gulfport, Florida the stories of Runnin’ the Backroads chronicles the lives of others, traveling to New England to visit a sailing family from “New Bedford”, gets trapped by four walls and the abuse of power in Houston, Texas in “The Cell”, and exercises mental excursions from a bar stool with “I Drink Gin” as Dan Stevens makes “The Proposal” and sings “Another Sad Country Song”.
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Fan Fiqtion (from the album Winter Grass)
Fan Fiqtion is the musical unit thst Phoenix, Arizona-based songwriter, Zion Brock, uses to deliver his words and music to the world. Winter Grass is the recent E.P. release from Fan Fiqtion, presents the vocals of various artists to lead the stories on the tracks. Lyrically, Winter Grass hands out tunes of inspiration as Brittany Pfantz spits with an Amy Winehouse-style snarl, encouraging listeners to “Go and Get It” over party-friendly beats. Chord strums create the rhythms for Courtney Cotter King to offer the claim that “Life Gets Better” as the vocalist stays behind the microphone for “Change is in the Air”, letting her voice skim over the island flavored grooves in the songs.
Zion Brock left lessons he learned at home with his musical family and their tendency towards Bluegrass instrumentation, foregoing the sounds of banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin to enter the work force as an engineer after college. Over time, the call of music was louder than the ticking of a time clock and Zion worked on honing his songwriting skills. The cuts compiled on Winter Grass follow the beat, the sound for each tune relying heavily on its percussion. Cameron DeGurski is the vocalist for three of the tracks on the E.P. The soulfulness of his voice a good match for the words of Zion Brock as he opens the release offering a song as payment to “Father Time”. Fan Fiqtion put the groove into “Give Me Color” early on in the arrangement as whistles, funky chord patterns and hints at horns paint the song while Winter Grass closes out on a fast track as it heads for the exit imagining the work day in the rear-view mirror for “Being Home with You”.
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