Dan Strauss
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Dan Strauss

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May
28
Dan Strauss @ The High Falls Cafe

High Falls, New York, USA

High Falls, New York, USA

May
24
Dan Strauss @ Muddy Cup/Inquiring Minds

Saugerties, New York, USA

Saugerties, New York, USA

May
20
Dan Strauss @ WAMC

Albany, New York, USA

Albany, New York, USA

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Catchy guitars, energetic grooves and inventive lyrics get this going. Engaging, natural style and interplay between the band. The more sensitive and articulate side of pop rock. - Taxi, The World's Leading Independent A & R Company


Discography

Renting Happiness, 2001
Splendid, 2003
Rocking Chair, 2006
Circles, 2009

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Bio

Dan Strauss began his music career at the tender age of 7, encouraged to take piano lessons by parents who were themselves avid music enthusiasts. �I grew up in a house in Queens where there was always music playing,� says Strauss. �The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Simon and Garfunkle, Beethoven, Mozart, Bob Dylan, Lena Horne and others made up the musical tapestry in that house.�
It should therefore come as no surprise that Strauss, who at the age of 15 added guitar and harmonica feathers to his songwriting cap, pens tales about life and relationships with a Dylan-esque insight, Springsteen sincerity and classical music sensitivity. Whatever the message, each song is charmingly delivered through an engaging, untainted voice and a mature musical palate that incorporates elements of rock, country, jazz and folk music. Dan�s songs offer a rich diversity in their structure and sound. One minute, you are listening to a lush, harmony-laden pop ditty drenched in a Phil Specter-like wall of sound blanket and the next you are immersed in a sparse, haunting ballad reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith or Bruce Springsteen.
Songwriters cover the basic topics of life, love, the state of the world. Dan�s songs are no different, but his style of storytelling and lyrics are wholly unique, filled with rich metaphors and subtle references to literature and songwriting that precedes his own. He will find a way of expressing the simplicity of a quiet night, a dream or a New Year�s Eve in words that leave you needing to listen again to fully understand the picture he is painting.
In 2001, Dan released his first CD, Renting Happiness. This CD, recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (only a few blocks away from where his father was born in 1939) captures the sonic landscape of his 30-plus years. You can hear all of his influences as well as his love for a variety of styles present on songs such as Best Thing, Cosmic Child, and the title track. In 2005, Dan upped the ante with Rocking Chair. Working with producer Cyrille Taillandier, who had just completed Lenny Kravitz�s Baptism, Dan took songs that he had written one summer in a cabin nestled in the woods of New Hampshire, and created, what songwriter Jerusha Korim called �a string of jewels.�

From the opening guitar riff of Cold, the first track on the CD, Rocking Chair delivers 12 songs that are melodic, lyrical, playful, vivid, poignant and pure. Imagine The Beatles, Wilco, and Beck with a dash of early Elvis Costello and The Pretenders and you have an inkling of what is in store. After the release of Rocking Chair, Dan took to the stage as often as possible (he is also a middle school science teacher), playing such New York City venues as The Knitting Factory and The Living Room. Audiences continue to find a strong connection to what Dan�s songs are about, amazed at how he is able to capture what they have gone through and felt in their own lives, and they are hard-pressed to stay in their seats when they hear the opening chords of songs such as The Red Tornado, Six Years in June, or Dan�s brilliant and powerful cover of George Harrison�s All Things Must Pass.
These days, Dan continues to write and record in his Brooklyn apartment. Over the past two years, he has written over a dozen new songs that are considered some of his best. He has taken leave of the big pop sound that so perfectly captured the songs on Rocking Chair, and found a mesmerizing voice in the stripped-down styles in which he has recorded demos of songs such as Lost My Way, Orbit of You, Better, and Flower Shop.
It is clear, once you have heard Dan�s music that he is carrying a torch - one that was lit by Buddy Holly and has been passed on through the decades to artists such as Josh Rouse, Beth Orton and Ray LaMontagne. As he continues to grow as a songwriter, he taps into such emotion and memory that you literally feel that you are part of his life, and you find a bit of your own life hidden within the wistful, spirited songs oozing from your speakers.