Dale Hannah
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Dale Hannah

Collinsville, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Collinsville, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Back In The Day"

Americana has become a catch-all phrase for a blend of what are probably too many genres of the American musical ethos. But sometimes even overused phrases ring true. Such is the case for Dale Hannah, and especially for his album, "Back in the Day."
Hannah’s blend of influences, including folk, country, blues and rock can be heard in a style that actually does sound like America, a melting pot where cultures, and musical genres mingle such that they are indistinguishable from one another, but form a new thing altogether. Hannah was a founding member of Swampdaddies, a rock group with heavy jam influences, but has moved beyond to a quieter brand of music, playing solo, and with Erin O’Toole in Wildflower Conspiracy.
Hannah’s personal influences, from the tone of the album, tend more toward Bob Dylan, Neil Young and John Prine, and he has learned well from them. Armed with his well-worn acoustic guitar and harp, Hannah has compiled a group of original tunes that will, as the best music does, entertain, enlighten and inform.
In a time when nostalgia, especially for the 1960s, is never far away from the minds of the baby boomers, and, amazingly, even their children, listeners will find an amusing and bell-tone true litany of experiences in the title song, "Back in the Day." Hannah performs magic in his recounting of what it was like to grow up "hippie" in the ‘60s and ‘70s, without ever slipping into maudlin reflection.
With excellent production and help with instrumentation by Gary Gordon, of the folk group, the Gordons, the album moves effortlessly between up-tempo toe tappers and ballads, with gorgeous help from many contributors on bass, cello, violin, accordion, mandolin, organ, and with harmonies from fellow Wildflower Conspirator, O’Toole.
Standout songs include "All Night Train," which will have listeners singing along with the infectious chorus and melodic hook, and the hilariously fun "Two Lone Rangers." The slinky blues progression and expressive fiddle of "Somethin’ Goin’ On" give it the feel of a Ma Rainey tune. "He’s Gone," about a friend who passed, has a country gospel feel, as does the album closer, ""Til We Meet Again."
In "Back in the Day," Hannah has accomplished the great goal of folk music and Americana: to provide an entertaining musical background for the stories we tell, the stories of joy and heartache, of peace and turmoil, and, especially, of a land where all should be accepted as equal and important. And where music brings us all together.

Kevin Edwards
Web Editor, Live at KDHX
KDHX, St. Louis, Missouri - Kevin Edwards


About Time 2008
Back In The Day 4 song ep 2012
Back In The Day 11 songs 2012



Dale has spent most of his life pursuing his love of music. Growing up in the midwest exposed him early to a rich musical pallette.  The songs of Johnny Cash, Roger Miller ,Bob Dylan, Neil young  and The Beatles were part of the soundtrack of his youth.  He stared playing guitar at the young age of 8, and had his first stage experience at the age of 9 in front of a packed grade school crowd. Might have been  'my first brush with authority when the music teacher unplugged my guitar amp shouting "it's too loud". Later on he played a few coffehouses  and played in a lot of garage/carport/basement bands. As a member of the band IZZI in the late 70's. he opened shows for Canned Heat and St.Louis 's own Mama's Pride.  He is also the founding member of the Swampdaddies, a jam band from Central Illinois. With a heavy emphasis on the music of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers. The Swampdaddies opened shows for The New Riders, JGB, Donna Jean & The Tricksters, George Clinton and The Wailers. As a solo performer Dale has been an opening act for J.D Blackfoot ,who penned the epic "SONG OF CRAZY HORSE" & The Ultimate Prophecy.  Dale is also known for his rendition of the Song of Crazy Horse , after hearing his rendition of the classic, J.D. said.... "you made it your own".
Dale Hannah has been  a co-host with Erin O'Toole on WGRN 89.7's Songwriters' Showcase Radio Program, they also co-produced the monthly acoustic concert series at The Globe Theatre in Greenville,IL. It had a 3 1/2  year run featuring all original  local and touing songwriters including ..Sara Petite,James Lee Stanley and Michael 'Supe Granda  of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils .He is part of the acoustic duo, Wildflower Conspiracy along with Erin O'Toole.  2012 saw the  release of  Back In The Day' . With 11 tracks it is  Dale's  2nd album of all original songs, recorded at Inside Out Studios In Sparta IL, by Gary Gordon Of  The Gordon's, and features some of Nashville and Southern IL,s  finest studio players including Robert Bowlin, Bill Monroe's last fiddle player. The album was featured on KDHX 88.1 Local Artist Spotlight series.

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