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Steve Dan Mills

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
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DISClaimer Robert K. Oermann Music Row Magazine

STEVE DAN MILLS/Inside Out Lookin’ In
Writer: Steve Dan Mills; Producer: Steve Dan Mills; Publisher: Steve Dan Mills, ASCAP; Millstream (track)
—This CD’s title tune is a haunting “outsider” song that explores complex emotions and finds little peace. I think it will resonate especially with Nashville’s large recovery community. In addition to being a sterling writer and vocalist, Mills proves himself to be a brilliant producer with this gorgeous swirl of guitars and fiddle. Very praiseworthy work.
Robert K. Oermann--Music Row Magazine
- Music Row Magazine


Steve Dan Mills - Inside Out Lookin' In
By George Peden

Steve Dan Mills is an easy-to-read performer. His tunes spring from an honest and openly shared heart. His sharpened take on life comes from chiseled dues paid by fronting bands, moving to Nashville in the early ‘70s where he pounded doors and burnt shoe leather looking for a recording deal, finally to claiming a place on the Kerrville Folk Festival stage. He’s a journeyman whose waiting in the wings time has come.

Inside Out Lookin’ In is the second album from this singer songwriter who’s written tunes for, among others, John Michael Montgomery and Mel McDaniel. Mills also has the envied distinction of a soundtrack cut on the Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster flick, Maverick.

It’s been a stellar apprenticeship.

With a strong vocal presence, reflective and incisive tunes, and a band of session notables, Mills impresses with his self-written 10 tracker. More an album for refection than dancing, the former Milwaukee native marries critical and honest observation to tunes that don’t jar and grind, rather they’re tunes of a focused writer with a message to share.

That message comes partly revealed in the title track. “Inside Out...” an aptly named cut dissects the growing pains of being a misunderstood; it’s one of several tunes which call us to examine our often uncharted lives. Other similar thoughts appear on “Don’t Lay Me Down”, the tragedy of recognized addiction, “Where’s The Child Tonight?” and the poignant “Where’s The Passion?”

This is a touchdown album, well worth the extra few yards to your independent CD retailer. It’s available on Millstream Records.

- George Peden


PERFORMING SONGWRITER MAGAZINE REVIEW- Neil Fagan

STEVE DAN MILLS

CD:"Remembering Young Stephen"

The young Stephen referred to in the title of this album is Steve Dan Mills. The song is a harrowing but ultimately inspiring tale of overcoming and reclaiming a lost, brutal childhood. "At last I'll forgive him for just being human and trying to outrun the wrath of his pain." Much like Bob Dylan sang thirty years ago, Mills longs to hear some chimes of freedom for the beaten, battered and bruised he sees all around him.

Soul stripping honesty runs throughout these songs. He makes no bones about exposing his own personal demons and levels a keen eye on the devils making mayhem in today's society. "Bootleg Hill" traces the effects of "white lightning" on an entire community. "Children In The War Zone" laments the battlefield that has replaced so many children's playground. Mills wastes no time summing up the cause: "Violence on the TV, violence in the press, violence on the homefront, violence in the sex. You get the picture. "Hillman's Song" mourns the suicide of a friend who "when he laughed he mostly cried...he walked out on his heart last night."

If this sounds like a pretty depressing affair...it's not. In less skilled hands, these topics would be reduced to bumper sticker depth, but Mills is a singer/poet who has obviously been through the abyss and lives to tell the tale.
-- NEIL FAGAN

Steve Dan Mills - Inside Out Lookin' In
By George Peden
Steve Dan Mills is an easy-to-read performer. His tunes spring from an honest and openly shared heart. His sharpened take on life comes from chiseled dues paid by fronting bands, moving to Nashville in the early ‘70s where he pounded doors and burnt shoe leather looking for a recording deal, finally to claiming a place on the Kerrville Folk Festival stage. He’s a journeyman whose waiting in the wings time has come. Inside Out Lookin’ In is the second album from this singer songwriter who’s written tunes for, among others, John Michael Montgomery and Mel McDaniel. Mills also has the envied distinction of a soundtrack cut on the Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster flick, Maverick.
It’s been a stellar apprenticeship.With a strong vocal presence, reflective and incisive tunes, and a band of session notables, Mills impresses with his self-written 10 tracker. More an album for refection than dancing, the former Milwaukee native marries critical and honest observation to tunes that don’t jar and grind, rather they’re tunes of a focused writer with a message to share.That message comes partly revealed in the title track. “Inside Out...” an aptly named cut dissects the growing pains of being a misunderstood; it’s one of several tunes which call us to examine our often uncharted lives. Other similar thoughts appear on “Don’t Lay Me Down”, the tragedy of recognized addiction, “Where’s The Child Tonight?” and the poignant “Where’s The Passion?”

This is a touchdown album, well worth the extra few yards to your independent CD retailer. It’s available on Millstream Records.

DISClaimer Robert K. Oermann Music Row Magazine

STEVE DAN MILLS/Inside Out Lookin’ In
Writer: Steve Dan Mills; Producer: Steve Dan Mills; Publisher: Steve Dan Mills, ASCAP; Millstream (track)
—This CD’s title tune is a haunting “outsider” song that explores complex emotions and finds little peace. I think it will resonate especially with Nashville’s large recovery community. In addition to being a sterling writer and vocalist, Mills proves himself to be a brilliant producer with this gorgeous swirl of guitars and fiddle. Very praiseworthy work.
Robert K. Oermann--Music Row Magazine



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Discography

CD's:
" Remembering Young Stephen" Millstream Records
" Inside Out Lookin' In" Millstream Records

Songs recorded by other artists:
1. "Dream On Texas Ladies"- Rex Allen Jr.
went to #18 on the Billboard charts.
2. "Love Is Goin' 'Round"- Mel MacDaniel on the "Stand Up" Album (Mercury)
3. "Dream On Texas Ladies" - John Michael Montgomery "Life's A Dance" Album- sold 4 million copies. (Atlantic)
4. "I Just Can't Slow Down" Neal Coty (Mercury)
5. "Sausalito In The Summertime" Benita Hill(Watermark)
6."Dream On Texas Ladies" - "Maverick" the movie soundtrack album.

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Steve Dan Mills was the co-founder, lead singer / guitarist of the trailblazing band, Speed Limit 35 and also a member of the Calvary Blues Band. In the middle of January in 1979 Steve Dan Mills packed up his van in South Florida where he had been playing the lounge scene and moved to Nashville and began pitching his songs on Music Row. After five years of knocking on doors, he landed a staff-writer deal with legendary Combine Music Group where he wrote the hit “Dream on Texas Ladies” for Rex Allen Jr. He went on to score cuts by John Michael Montgomery, Mel MacDaniel, Neal Coty, Benita Hill and others. He also landed a song on the Maverick the movie soundtrack album.

In the mid 90’s, he abandoned his quest to write songs for the Nashville marketplace and began to write and perform songs from his own heartfelt experience as a solo act. He has performed at the London Folk Festival, Belfast/Nashville Songwriters Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and has shared the stage with such acts as John Hiatt, Michael McDonald,
and Steve Earle. He recently released a critically acclaimed album called “Inside Out Lookin’ In” .The title cut has been covered by guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel