Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The classic mid-life overnight sensation.” A gifted storyteller but still relatively new to songwriting, Weber was a 2012 finalist in the legendary Kerrville ‘New Folk’ competition as well as the prestigious Dave Carter Songwriting Contest in 2010. Weber was also a Winner of the West Coast Songwriter's Performing Songwriter Competition in 2011 and 2009 along with two ‘Song of the Year’ awards.
Following in the long tradition of great singer-songwriters, Weber entertains audiences with inspired and energetic performances, telling hilarious, true stories from the many roads he’s traveled. His songs are both heartbreaking and funny, and are rich in imagery, history, and full of life’s hopes and ironies.
Songs from his new CD ‘Ash and Bone’ have received accolades from American Songwriter Magazine, the Great American Songwriting Contest, the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest as well as recognition from DJ’s “’Hank and Jesus’ is easily the best folk song I heard last year. It has a timeless and authentic ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ feel to it”.
Folk Troubadour Legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories” and The Victory Review magazine writes "Weber's writing is as strong as any in the contemporary folk community. ‘Goodbye to Dad’ is one of the best original tunes that I have heard in a long time."
With ‘Ash and Bone’, Dan Weber brings a new voice to Timeless Stories.
The new CD 'Ash and Bone' features some of Portland, Oregon's finest Americana musicians including legendary banjo and muti-instrumentalist master Tony Furtado.
‘Ash and Bone’ includes the iconic 'Hank and Jesus' which has received extensive national and international airplay and was part of the 2012 Kerrville ‘New Folk’ competition finals.
"‘Hank and Jesus’ by Dan Weber is easily the best folk song I heard last year. It has a timeless and authentic ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ feel to it."
- Jack Bohl, DJ, ‘Pastures of Plenty’ 90.7 FM Portland, OR Jan. 2012
"Sorting through over 300 new CD's received by The Acoustic Revival to create a ‘Best of’ show play list was a challenge. However, ‘Ash and Bone’ with ‘Hank and Jesus’ easily rose to the top. Great songwriting!"
- Jim Canales, ‘The Acoustic Revival’, 90 FM WWSP, Jan 2013
‘Ash and Bone’ also includes 'Goodbye to Dad', a 2011 West Coast Songwriter's ‘Song of the Year’ winner, 2012 2nd Place in the Tumbleweed Song Contest and a 2011 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist.
"Weber's writing is as strong as any in the contemporary folk community. ‘Goodbye to Dad’ is one of the best original tunes that I have heard in a long time."
- Christopher Anderson, Victory Review: Acoustic Music Magazine Jan. 2013
Finally, 'Sarah Ann’ was a Finalist in the 2011 Great American Song Contest and ‘Lost and Found’ was given an Honorable Mention in 2012 in American Songwriter Magazine's Lyric Contest.
"Ash and Bone" is a tapestry, woven of songs that could have been written by Hayes Carll or Guy Clark. Listen to "Sarah Ann" or "Take the Central Georgia Home" and you will hear the depth of Weber’s phenomenal musical growth. In short, it’s fantastic!"
- Ernie Hopseker, Ocean Beach Radio Jan 2013
The as yet unreleased anthem ‘Oh Woody’, written about Folk Legend Woody Guthrie, was a 2nd Place finisher in the 2012 Woody Guthrie Song Contest, ‘Woody and the BPA’ held by the Portland Songwriter’s Association
What others are saying:
“I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.”
- Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Legendary Folk Troubadour April 2012
“Dan Weber has an instant classic on his hands. ‘Ash and Bone’ is a superb debut"
- Diane Hunt, DJ, ‘Folk Espresso’, KBOO Portland, OR Jan 2012
"Weber's writing is as strong as any in the contemporary folk community.”
- Christopher Anderson, Victory Review: Acoustic Music Magazine Jan. 2013
“Dan Weber sings short stories with the exuberance of Kerouac, the economy of Hemingway, and the melodic elegance of Hank Williams.”
- Tim Connor, Americana Songwriter April 2012
"Dan Weber is the classic mid-life overnight sensation”
- Matt Miner, Promoter: Matt Miner Presents Oct 2012
"Amazingly new to the music trip, but Dan's stories and melodies sound like they were carved back there, somewhere.”
- Inessa Anderson, KINK 101.9 FM Portland, OR May 2012
"Dan Weber's concert was amazing and magical! The audience wanted more. Dan’s music is original, emotional, and his intimate connection with the audience was undeniable. We give Dan Weber our highest recommendation! (and we're rather picky)."
- Andy Granitto, House Concert Host Oct 2012
“That was about four years ago, and he never looked back. Weber has…acquired a fan base that has spread the word to radio stations and other venues all around North America.”
- Scott Hewitt, The Columbian May 2012
"Dan Weber's recent performance at Music Millennium showed off his ability to tell a story, not just in his songs but also through his introductions. Vivid descriptions and lyrics draw the listener in as Weber’s captivating tales unfold.”
- Donna Adams/Sunny Clark, Oregon Music News Nov 2012
Hank and Jesus mp3
What I'm Lookin' For
Goodbye to Dad mp3
Lost and Found mp3
Do You Ride Horses
Take the Central Georgia Home mp3
Sarah Ann mp3
Just Good Folk!
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"Weber is one performer that’s living proof that you never know when a music career will bloom. He g..."Weber is one performer that’s living proof that you never know when a music career will bloom. He got his start three years ago at the age of 40 when he took inventory of the many songs he had penned and talked himself into performing at a local open mic opportunity. A few performances later he found himself in a songwriting contest, which proved to be the first of many that earned him top honors. Amongst his 2011 awards are West Coast Songwriter’s “Best Performer” and “Best Song” for “Goodbye to Dad.” He is also the 2011 Pacific Northwest Winner of the West Coast Songwriter’s Performing Songwriter Competition."
Cowboy singer plays with his boots on
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Storyteller That’s just one of the tales Vancouver resident Weber tells about his life as a count...Storyteller
That’s just one of the tales Vancouver resident Weber tells about his life as a country folk music singer-songwriter. You can hear more this Saturday night when he performs at Park Place Coffee in Gresham.
Doug Henderson, the shop’s music promoter, first heard Weber in 2009 at a folk festival.
“I was immediately impressed by his songs, passion for music and his belief that music can connect people,” Henderson says, adding that Weber was one of five finalists in the 2010 “Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest.”
From park ranger to guitar picker, singer-songwriter Dan Weber is on a train of country tracks
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Dan Weber’s recent performance at Music Millennium showed off his ability to tell a story, not just ...Dan Weber’s recent performance at Music Millennium showed off his ability to tell a story, not just in his songs, but also through his introductions. Vivid descriptions and lyrics draw the listener in as Weber’s captivating tales unfold.
Dan Weber grew up in Western New York and headed for the northwest in 1989 when, like the set-up to a good joke, he met a guy in a bar named, “Joe,” still in camouflage fatigues from being fresh out of the Army. Joe told him he was moving to Spokane the next day, so Weber bought him a drink to help him celebrate. Then, Joe bought Weber a drink to celebrate some more. Several hours and celebratory drinks later, they were headed west in Joe’s primer-gray 1978 beater car. A quick stop in Canton, Ohio to see Weber’s best friend, Brian Jeffries, turned the traveling duo into a trio, and the three continued west. After about four hours in Spokane, they decided to continue on to Seattle.
In 1993, Weber became a park ranger at Canyonlands National Park, Utah. It was then he got his first guitar, but it would be another few years before he got around to playing it. After a two-year stint in Canyonlands, Weber discovered that his ex-girlfriend had moved to Portland with his cat and decided that if, “Portland was good enough for my cat, it was good enough for me,” and settled in.
Weber’s talent and skill have grown as tall as his tales. He has only been writing songs since 2006, after years of writing poetry and journaling in Seattle, then penning articles for the Victory Music Review. Finally, a friend taught him a few chords and Weber started making music. Considering himself an “accidental” musician, who had no previous aspirations to become a singer-songwriter, Weber nonetheless began to mix melody and poetry, creating songs.
Dan Weber grew up listening to Johnny Cash and the Beatles, especially Cash, “Because he wrote about trains,” and Weber loves trains, illustrated by the classic Lionel chugging around the ceiling of one room in his house. Weber’s curiosity about one of the cars, a Central Georgia Railway replica, led him to well over a year’s research on the Civil War, and inspired his anthem, Take The Central Georgia Home.
Another strong influence in Weber’s writing is The Grateful Dead, first hearing them at 14, back before Deadheads made them “The Dead,” when they still had a very heavy country influence, leading him to Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Marty Robbins, and the whole country storyteller catalogue. In 2006, having written just two songs, Dan found himself on a musical train trip to Mexico. The cars were filled with musicians, many of whom had already made a name for themselves. Dan played his two songs at an open mic to the appreciative crowd that, in turn, infected him with the joy of performance; he was hooked.
Asked whether he had a favorite song of his own, Weber said, “Usually, it’s the one I just wrote two days ago, the one I can’t wait to get home to so I can work on it some more. The good ones are the ones that make the hair on the back of my neck stand up.” Of course they don’t all do that, but, “When it’s right, it’s right,” says Weber. The good ones seem to flow effortlessly and are finished in just an hour or two… and then are ready after six edits, or so.”
Weber’s first full-length CD, Ash and Bone, has garnered rave reviews in American Songwriter Magazine and received accolades from The Great American Song Contest, so expect to hear a lot more from the man with the tracks. You can catch Dan Weber in Portland, Friday, November 16, at an all-ages Artichoke Music concert, 7:30 pm, $5.