John Mellencamp once sang “ A million young poets, screaming to be heard, to a world full of people, just livin to be heard” Singer/songwriter, Dan Conn, was just coming of age in a small Western Kentucky town when that song came out. Still learning to play the guitar that he had begged his mother for at the age of 15. His love of Music was just beginning.
Dan was in his 20’s before he started music, and more importantly, songwriting, seriously. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a Tascam 4 track cassette recorder, he set out to working on and honing his craft. Everyday after getting home from his factory job, Dan would sit at the kitchen table and hit record. Sometimes he would work on song ideas until late in the evening, just a few hours before he would have to be back at work.
He was almost 30 before his career in music started. Playing guitar in a run of the mill bar band in Southern Indiana. Soon he realized that playing other people’s music wasn't where his heart was. Despite people telling him that original music wouldn’t work in the local bar band scene, he set out on his own. He released his first record in 2004. He assembled a backing band, played a few a shows, but it was a hard road and the band broke up shortly thereafter.
There were more than a few times over the next several years, that Dan swore he was done with music, but the songs kept coming.
In the summer of 2016, Dan recorded his second album,”Dan Conn and the Travelin’ Kind”, with the help of some former band mates in the living room of a near century old farmhouse that he and his brother had remodeled a year before. What was just supposed to be a fun recording project quickly turned into a well received album that took Dan and his band out on the road playing shows all over his home state Kentucky, as well as neighboring states, Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana.
In the Spring of 2018, Dan headed back to his home studio to record his next album “Shine On”. Once again Dan chose the laid back approach of home recording over the “polish and shine” of professional studios. Dan says “I just prefer the feeling of being at home with no pressure to be on the studio’s time. If something’s not working, I like that I can just go out on the porch and take a break, and sit a spell with the dogs”.
The DIY approach seems to work for him, as the band finished up the album in a relatively short time. Made up of 9 originals and one song written by one of his biggest influences, Tom Petty, who had died less than a year before, the album shows that Dan is continuing to hone his craft as a songwriter. whether it’s the opening chords of the country rocker”Son of James”, the soothing pedal steel of “I Don’t Mind”, or the stark, emotional vulnerability of “ Like a Diamond”, his songwriting is heartfelt and rooted in the small town sensibilities of all the songwriters that have and continue to inspire him.