Monday, March 11, 2019

Award winning blues performer Dan Dinnen....deep roots in old style blues

Australia based Dan Dinnen is a blues singer/songwriter, harmonica player and guitar finger-picker who delivers a swag of original tunes that run the gamut from smoking ballads to juke-joint boogies and grooves. An award winning artist, he is a dynamic and energetic performer who combines originality with an old-time blues feel and style.

Dan has performed alongside some of Australia's leading blues artists including luminaries such as Fiona Boyes, Geoff Achison, Jimi Hocking and Lloyd Spiegel. As a solo artist, Dan has played at some of Australia’s premiere blues festivals including: Blues On Broadbeach QLD; Thredbo Blues NSW; Australian Blues Music Festival, Goulburn NSW.

DAN DINNEN & SHORTY is Dan’s other main musical focus and sees Dan team up with one of the Australian blues scene’s most exciting, unique and best loved drummer/percussionists Anthony “Shorty” Shortte. DAN DINNEN & SHORTY dish out a bluesy gumbo of rootsy goodness. A little bit delta swamp, a little bit hill country, and a lot its own unique flavour. Shorty is best known for his work with ARIA award winning Australian blues legends Collard Greens & Gravy.

In 2016, Dan won the MBAS Blues Performer of the Year award in the Solo/Duo category. This earned him a place competing in the 33rd International Blues Challenge on Beale St., Memphis TN in 2017 where Dan made it to the Semifinals. 

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Marty's review: Dan Dinnen's approach to playing the blues is the way it should be, rootsy, raw and raucous. He knows where the blues came from and his delivery and interpretation is with heartfelt passion and conviction. His multiple talents as songwriter, guitarist, harpist and vocalist are a testament to his hard work and creativity that have earned him well deserved accolades. He has released three albums to date, "Back Home" (2010), "Last Thing On My Mind" (2013) and "Keep On Stirrin' the Pot" (2017). Take some time out and discover this exceptional artist, it will be time well spent.