Guitarist and singer/songwriter Dan Allen Crawley joined his first band at the age of 16. “The Bridge” was a jazz fusion group which included Bruce Pleasant, a former drummer for “Tower of Power“. After high school Dan moved to Nashville and signed his first publishing deal with Olympus Music Group which was headed by 70’s country producer Ricci Moreno. He honed his songwriting craft in such clubs as the French Quarter, and the famed Bluebird Cafe. Having a song on hold with Garth Brooks and a couple cuts with independent artists, things seemed to be moving right along. But, after a while, Dan’s career hit a brick wall and with no money coming in and no prospects he went back to Kentucky.
Dan spent the late '90's and early 2000's "paying his dues" on the local music scene before hooking up with Jamon Scott in 2003 and forming “The Toluenes”. " . . . The Ramones meet Tom T. Hall. ", ". . . a band with an attitude that's all beer and backbone. ", and ". . . one of those rare bands that makes you feel good, thoughtful and contemplative all at the same time." Are just a few of the words reviewers used to describe The Toluenes, on their last c.d. The disc was recorded in Nashville and produced by Jim Allison.
The Kentucky native also made his small screen debut in the 2007 Indie Gathering winner for best T.V. pilot, “Bottle Rockets.“ Dan cut and performed, on film, three songs for the soundtrack. “Bottle Rockets” was screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and garnered top awards at the 2009 Las Vegas International Film Festival, the Accolade Television Awards and the World Independent Film Expo. The writers and producers believe that “Bottle Rockets” has an excellent chance of being picked up by a network.
Although the guitarist/singer/songwriter grew up in the hills of Kentucky he is not your typical “country boy”. Hunting and fishing just aren’t his thing. His passion is music. In a recent interview with Lee Ward of “The Daily Independent” Dan was quoted as saying, “Music is very important in my life. I'm a more grounded and happy person with music in my life. There are times where I look around and say, ‘I'm a little bit off today. I'm a little out of rhythm.’ And I'll think, ‘Oh, when's the last time you've put on some great music?’ Then that will inspire me to start writing.”
The “hurry up and wait process” of the entertainment industry has afforded Dan time to work on a solo project. In an effort to do songs more in the vein of his country and southern rock roots, Dan went, once again, to Jim Allison to produce his demo. Jim wrote such hits as Reba McIntyre’s “What Am I Gonna Do About You” and LeAnn Rimes' “Fade To Blue“. Dan wanted to stay away from a slick pop-country sound and let the songs be the main focus. His, “cut-no-corners and soften-no-image”, style of songwriting seems a better fit to the more organic sound that he and Jim have captured.
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