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CD Review: Dan Hubbard s/t

Singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard has been creating music for over a decade now. Since 2003, the Illinois-based musician has gone from being a solo act to being part of a band called the Humadors and then back to being just a solo act. As a matter of fact, it is as a solo act that Dan Hubbard has created his most recent release; an album simply entitled Dan Hubbard.

Dan Hubbard’s self-titled release find the artist taking his music to the next level. The 2015 release by Hubbard was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with the help of producer and 3-time Grammy nominee Ken Coomer, a producer who had previously worked with the likes of people such as Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. As both of these acts create a style to their music that incorporates many different genres into one sound, the partnership between Dan Hubbard and Coomer seemed to be a perfect fit as Hubbard’s music in very much in the same musical vein.

The new release from Dan Hubbard begins with the track “February”. The sound of the track takes on a relaxed pop/rock feeling that seems to feel like something that could have been created by someone like John Mellencamp. While the acoustic guitar from Hubbard is the driving force for the track, Adam Ollendorff’s electric guitar helps to add just a little energy to give the track some substance.

The energy level is raised slightly for the next track of “More I Live, Less I Know”. While the pace of the song remains basically the same as on “February,” the stronger electric guitar presence makes for a much stronger track. The song’s stronger Rock and Roll approach makes for a track that feels as if it would be right at home on Top 40 radio.

For the track “Johnny,” Dan Hubbard lets his inner storyteller out. In much the same way that Jim Croce would have written a track like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “Johnny” from Dan Hubbard creates a song that feels like a story set to music. “Johnny” tells the story of a guy who is doing his best to make it as a musician. The story takes a bad turn as Johnny loses control when he doesn’t succeed as a musician. Like “More I Live, Less I Know,” “Johnny” has a very listener-friendly feel to it. It also turns out to be one of the strongest tracks, musically and energetically, on the newest release from Hubbard.

Another standout track on the album is “And the Music”. With this track, Hubbard seems to recall an earlier time in his life as he sings to a good friend who stood by his side through the good times and bad. The track finds Hubbard delving into a more folk-like approach to his music. The beauty of the music will hit you as you listen to the track. On the track, the gentle feel of the music allows the listener to focus on the playing abilities of Hubbard, guitarist/producer Ken Coomer and even bassist Dave Roe, who stands out on this track because of the sparse feel of the music. The beauty of the music and the slightly sad quality of the lyrics combine to create a rather powerful track.

With the track “All Night, Alright,” Dan Hubbard changes directions with the feel of the music. The track finds Hubbard picking up the energy level while turning back the clock as the song contains a strong Rockabilly flavor to it. And with the party-like approach to the lyrics and that Rockabilly approach to the music, you could say the song feels like a cross between something from Carl Perkins and either “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” from Slade or “Rock And Roll All Night” from Kiss. The two musical directions being forced together create a rather unique track.

Once again, Hubbard slows the pace of the music down on the track “Tired of Loving You”. The anti-love song finds Hubbard creating a duet of sorts with singer Annalise Emerick. Along with the slow pace of the music to life on the track brought to life by the talented musicians on the album, Emerick and Hubbard create a track that could easily rival anything that was created by country singers from the mid-sixties/early seventies. The timeless feel of the track only makes the track that much stronger.

The track “Come Tomorrow” is yet another track on the new release from Dan Hubbard that has a timeless feel to it. The music of the track would feel right at home with anything from the seventies, eighties or even today. The track feels like a cross between The Black Crowes and Counting Crows. “Come Tomorrow” joins “And the Music;” “More I Live, Less I Know” and “Johnny” as a standout track on the release.

While it took four years for Dan Hubbard to release a follow-up to his 2011 album of The Love Show, it was well worth the wait. Hubbard’s 2015 self-titled album starts off strong and keeps going throughout the album’s ten tracks.

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