Dana Radcliffe
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Dana Radcliffe

Yorktown, Virginia, United States | SELF

Yorktown, Virginia, United States | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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A Taste of Freedom LP - Dana Radcliffe - 2005
The World Famous Hallelujah Cotton Candy Rent Party - The Nice Jenkins - 2006
Elephant Twisters - The Nice Jenkins - 2008
Replacement - Dana Radcliffe - 2010



Dana Radcliffe has been writing songs and composing music since he first tickled the ivories and began strumming the guitar as a child. Based mostly on influences from early to contemporary rock and pop, rhythm and blues, and folk music, he conjures his own intimate and unique style of writing, singing, playing, and performance for listeners.

He released his first album, A Taste of Freedom, in 2005, after settling in Charlottesville, Va. The work is composed of eight live solo performances on the guitar and piano. A blend of blues, folk, and Americana help define the writing and stirring recordings that emerged from his rustic mountain home, amidst the click and creak of the cicadas, during this time.

In the summer of 2004 he joined forces with the Nice Jenkins, a collective of five unique singer/songwriters and musicians. Dana Radcliffe was predominately a keyboardist and vocalist for this group. The other members included Adam Brock (of Invisible Hand and Borrowed Beams of Light) on drums/vocals, Jordan Brunk (of Corsair) on bass/vocals, Rob Cheatham (of Rob Cheatham and Gunchux) on guitar/vocals, and Nathan Walsh (of Borrowed Beams of Light) on guitar/vocals.

The group hit the road in 2005, attacking the eastern seaboard and the Midwest, playing shows from Georgia to Vermont to Michigan. They regularly circuited the mid-Atlantic performing in venues throughout Virginia, N.Y.C., Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. The Nice Jenkins’ sound melded many genres, with a heavy emphasis on rock and pop. Some elements of their sound were related to The Who, The Beatles, and The Band, while seizing modern and contemporary flair. Dana, influenced by artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to Tom Waits, Nick Drake, Neil Young, and John Zorn, provided an additional take on composition, musicianship, and song-craft to this band. On stage they overwhelmed the senses commanding compelling, fun, and perversely frenetic performances.

They released two albums, The World Famous Hallelujah Cotton Candy Rent Party in 2006 and Elephant Twisters in 2008. Nathan Walsh left the band in late 2006. With the absence of a lead guitarist, Dana Radcliffe picked up the reins and filled the void - developing a unique style and sound on the keyboards. He utilized effected electric pianos and analog synthesizers to capture catchy hooks, harmonies, rhythms, and sonic landscapes. His distinctive use of the keyboard became an essential component to the Jenkins’ sound and his later work as a solo artist. This unique sound can be first heard on Elephant Twisters, an album that showcases a more mature, strong, cohesive, and creative Jenkins.

The gradual disbandment of The Nice Jenkins beginning in late 2008 prompted Dana Radcliffe to work on his second solo album, Replacement, which he completed in 2010. His collaboration with drummer/producer Matt Wyatt (of Beleza Brazil) and bassist Cameron Ralston (of Fight the Big Bull) brings a fresh, new sound to independent rock and folk music. Building on years of performance, song-craft, and collaboration, Replacement, is the first work to capture the true essence and vision of this mature and budding artist. The album is replete with variety; it contains solo acoustic, instrumental, and electric driven group performances that are fueled by concise, dynamic, and catchy melodies and compositions. Cameron, Matt, and Dana explore sonic landscapes and deep rhythms that bring strength and body to Dana’s introspective lyrics and passionate vocals. The end result is a beautiful and exciting narrative filled with love, loss, and redemption.

Dana Radcliffe continues to craft songs and develop artistically. Inspired by forces big and small, propelled by discovery and through appreciation, he looks for new places, sounds, and experiences as his artistic journey continues into the future.

Dana Radcliffe has had the privilege of playing hundreds of shows over the years. Here are a few of the notable venues where he has played: