Dan McCoy & The Standing 8s
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Dan McCoy & The Standing 8s

Willoughby, Ohio, United States

Willoughby, Ohio, United States
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“...McCoy has a boyish, fun rock voice that sounds like Jackson Browne with more guts and growl.” -Jennifer Layton for Indie-Music.com

“The guitar work by head Rambler Dan McCoy is infectious... It's blue-collar magnificence, but with none of that in-your-face attitude about it." - Steve Byrne, Cleveland Scene Magazine

..."bar-soaked, country-tinged, American music straight from the heart and with a case of Pabst, preferably on ice, close at hand. McCoy's guitar work is subtle yet controls the flow of the music with deft timing...”- Michael Kyils, Delusions of Adequacy (adequacy.net)

“...remind me of a cross between Springsteen and the Black Crowes... Dan McCoy’s vocals and lyrics are beer soaked yet honest... goes great with a cold one and a game of pool, or a good fishing story.” -Doran Dalton, bettawreckonize.com

“Lots of honest, strong midwest rock-n-roll with just a touch of rockabilly thrown in for flavor.” –Freight Train Boogie.com

“...guaranteed to elicit yee-haws from the audience. Loud, drawn-out, high-pitched yee-haws. The kind that startle bystanders into spewing their Pabst.” -Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com
- From Various People


Turn Right At The Next Left (Block) - 1994
Road Trips & Nose Dives (Block) - 1998
Oh, Hey...Right? (Block) - 1999
Talk Down The Sky (Rambler 454) - 2002
No Name Cafe (Rambler 454) - 2004
Gabe (Rambler 454) - 2005
Headlands - 2008
The Journeyman - 2009



Barroom Troubador Dan McCoy has been entertaining folks in the out-of-the-limelight region of Northeast Ohio for years. From his stints leading alt- country bands to his solo shows that can range up to four hours, McCoy knows how to entertain and write a good song. He has been compared to a young Jackson Brown with more gut and growl. His band's shows are described as a cross between Springsteen and the Black Crowes. While somewhat under the radar, Dan has been able to perform at music festivals North by Northeast, M.E.A.N.Y, MidPoint Music festival, and open for the likes of The Black Crowes, Wilco, Sonic Youth, Charlie Daniels and many others. Local awards have also mounted as the leader of bands nominated for Best Alt-Country, Best Rockabilly/Garage, Best Male Vocalist, and the title of Best Local Music To Have on A Road Trip. In 2009, McCoy stepped up his game and self-released his first solo CD "The Journeyman". This collection of well crafted songs showcases his growing talent as a songwriter and expose some of the powerful vocals that have made him a fan favorite. Some further descriptions of Dan's recordings:"beer- soaked yet honest""has succeeded in capturing the essential qualities that separate heartland, working class music from all the rest""create a comfortable, alt-country sound, with the potential to really let go once they get the engine warmed up."

The Jorneyman is Dan McCoy’s coming out party as a compelling new singer songwriter. In Northeast Ohio, Dan is well known for his three-hour-plus performances of bar friendly covers, and for his lead role in the alt-country rabble rousers Rambler 454. Yet, some would be surprised at the depth of songwriting on this latest release.

In “Light of Day” he explores mental illness. On “Knockout”, a working class girl wonders if she could do better as a working girl. “Moving Day” sees the author pondering where to go at the end of a relationship. He also covers Bad Religion’s “American Jesus” and the folk standard “In My Time of Dyin’” The characters throughout this collection of songs are intimately portrayed, and honestly presented. For those used to Rambler 454’s songs of cars, bars, and guitars, Dan’s new material keeps much of the guitar rock energy of that band, but unveils stories that go beyond the corner pub.

Recorded in a home studio, Dan took his time with these songs. Without a specific band to create the songs, Dan relied on a rotating door of musician friends to help make the record a reality. When someone else wouldn’t fit the bill, Dan ended up performing some additional instruments on the recordings as well. In the end, he created something akin to a John Hiatt record – welcoming and pleasant with layers of stories and themes to keep you coming back.