Happy New Year & the ‘Pretty Good Tonight’ Winter Tour!

Howdy Friends–Happy New Year!!

I Hope YOU had a great Holiday Season!

My Christmas was quiet and New Years Eve was really fun—I played a black-tie Military ball in Seattle—just think me in a Cowboy hat surrounded by West Point and Navy cadets in their dress uniforms. Whoa! After that I took some much needed time to catch my breath off from the EPIC year that 2015 was touring coast to coast (and back again) for festivals, shows and contests. In 2015 I released ‘What I’m Lookin’ For’ which rose to #6 on the charts and finished the year as the #38 CD of the year—which is pretty Fantastic out of the hundreds that were considered, and ‘Oh Woody’, my tribute to Woody Guthrie was not only was chosen as the Winner of the 2015 Winfield NewSongs contest at the fabled Walnut Valley Folk Festival in Winfield, Kansas, it rose for a time to #2 on the Folk DJ charts and finished the year as the #16 song of the year. Wow…

Woody Close Up

I’m still amazed by all of this and more Grateful than you know. When I wrote ‘Oh Woody’ I was thinking about the month he spent in the Pacific Northwest where I live and the iconic songs that he wrote here—like ‘Roll on Columbia’ and wondered to myself if Woody were still alive what would he have to say about today’s issues? And that became the kernel of the song that I got to travel the country and sing for folks all over America. It was better than pretty cool—way better—and I can’t wait to do it again!

So I’m REALLY excited about this next tour—the ‘Pretty Good Tonight’ Winter Tour!

It starts with Boston area shows including the Historic Bull Run Restaurant and the great Rose Garden Coffeehouse where I Won their performing songwriter competition last May. There’s a quick stop back in my hometown of Rochester, NY, then out to the Midwest in Omaha and Minnesota. On this tour, my friends Tim Walsh and Nancy Murphy-Walsh in Boston did a LOT of heavy lifting as did my buddy Bruce Boldt in the Midwest—I owe them a BIG Thanks for helping to put the shows together. I must admit, the more I travel around the more I rely on the kindness of friends (and strangers) to help make this Crazy endeavor I call ‘A Musical Journey’ happen. So ‘THANKS!’ to them and everyone else who’s kindness, hard work and generosity has made this so much easier to do. I’m honored…

The ‘Pretty Good Tonight’ Winter Tour!

Photo by Seth Avant

Friday February 5thIn Shirley, MA at Bull Run Restaurant http://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/default.asp A Co-Bill with my friend Susan Cattaneo http://susancattaneo.com/. Look her up and give a listen–Susan is Incredible! Tickets http://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/orderticketsarea.asp?p=1000&a=41&backurl=default.asp are $15 each. Bull Run http://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/default.asp is a Historic restaurant that’s been “Serving the tired, thirsty traveler since 1740”.

Saturday February 6thIn Mansfield, MA at The Rose Garden Coffeehouse http://www.rosegardenfolk.com/general/home.php A Co-Bill with Danielle Miraglia http://www.daniellem.com/. Danielle is nothing short of Amazing! Tickets http://www.rosegardenfolk.com/general/home.php are $16 each. I won the Rose Garden’s Performing Songwriter Competition last May.

Sunday February 7thIn Bondsville, MA: Pierce House Concert / Email me for Details

Tuesday/ Wednesday February 9th/ 10thIn Rochester, NY Live at Mission Hall at the South Wedge Mission http://southwedgemission.org/missionhall/ A Co-Bill with Susanna Rose http://www.susannarose.com/. Susanna has a new CD out and has been recently dubbed ‘The Siren of Loneliness’ http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/lifestyle/entertainment/2016/01/08/susana-rose-siren-loneliness/78426098/ Cool!

Thursday February 11thIn Omaha, NE at Barley Street Tavern http://www.barleystreet.com/ With Daniel Burns, Travis Linn & Township and Range https://www.facebook.com/TownshipAndRangeOmaha/, Nick Carl, Charlie Alley and Doug Kabourek. No Cover!

Friday February 12thIn Jackson, MN: Fransen House Concert / Email me for Details

Saturday February 13thIn Windom, MN at the Prairie Wind Folk Music & Bluegrass Association http://www.mnriv.com/windfolk.html Details/Contact: Bruce Boldt bboldt@mindspring.com (507) 830-0395

Saturday February 20thIn Portland: Winterfolk 28! at The Aladdin Theater http://www.aladdin-theater.com/ Headliner: David Roth (with Casey Neill, Sky in the Road, Kelly Bosworth, Richard Columbo, Paul Sanchez and More!).

This Fantastic benefit for 28 Years(!) is for the Sisters of the Road http://sistersoftheroad.org/ which has been serving meals and building community in Old Town Portland since 1979. It’s a great organization with ALL proceeds to benefit Sister’s of the Road. I’m REALLY excited to be back as part of the long tradition of Winterfolk, that Tom May has so masterfully orchestrated for over a quarter of a century. Tickets are on sale at Music Millennium http://www.musicmillennium.com/Home & the Aladdin Theater http://www.aladdin-theater.com/event/1034175-winterfolk-xxviii-david-roth-portland/

Friday March 4thIn Willamina, OR at The Wildwood Hotel http://wildwoodhotelnw.com/ Opening for Chad Elliot http://www.chadelliott.net/ Chad is seriously the Real Deal!

Phew—That’s a bunch of shows. Would LOVE to see YOU at one and if you can’t make it, please Share and tell a friend or 2—Thanks! 

Photo by Guy Zahller

Lastly, I wanted to say ‘THANK YOU’ again for all the support. So many great things happened in 2015 and even more are happening in 2016. Every bit of ‘success’ I’ve has come because folks have embraced me and I’m just grateful to be able to chase my dream a bit. THE most rewarding part is playing the shows and meeting folks all over the country and getting to know them. I meet so many Wonderful people and your hospitality and kind words are what keeps me going. It’s as Simple as that. So ‘Thank YOU!’ for Listening, Reading, Sharing, and Helping me make this long, Crazy musical journey of mine possible…I’m really humbled by your enthusiasm and show of support.

Hey BTW–If you have a favorite local venue you’d like me to play at or would be interested in hosting a House Concert (which ARE the greatest things since sliced bread!), shoot me an email, let’s talk!!!
 
And one last BIG Thanks! to my crack team–my ‘Tribe’–of ridiculously Cool Friends, Fans, Independent DJ’s and just Wonderful People (You know who you are!!!) who keep sharing the songs and the CD’s with their friends, family, etc. It’s truly extraordinary and it means so, so much to me. Please Don’t Stop Now!

Gratefully,
dan

Kerrville 

PS: On a personal note, I’m continuing rehabbing my right shoulder, where I tweaked/tore my rotator cuff back in July. I went to P/T for a while and it’s been feeling much better. Also, after a bit of dry spell, I’ve been writing new songs and getting back ‘in the Groove’. Writing songs after a dry spell is sort of ‘like riding a Bike’ except with songwriting the bike always feels and rides differently then you remember it. So maybe it’s ‘like riding a Horse’? Good thing I own a saddle…

‘What I’m Lookin For’ has 14 new songs including ‘(I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day’,‘Pretty Good Tonight’ and ‘Oh Woody’, and several you’ve probably not heard before. It was recorded at the same studio as ‘Ash and Bone’ and it’s my best songwriting yet—so I think you’re REALLY gonna love it!! You can pick up a copy at my website where there are links to iTunes, Bandcamp, & CD Baby, etc. Thanks for buying a copy!! 

‘Oh Woody’ is the Winner of the 2015 NewSongs contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas!!!

Hey Friends!

My tribute song to Woody Guthrie—‘Oh Woody’, was chosen as the Winner of the 2015 NewSongs contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Also, my song ‘Take a Liking to You’ was chosen as an ‘Alternate’ winner in the ‘Religious/Spiritual’ category. Needless to say I can’t wait to go to Kansas next weekend to play at the festival! Listen to ‘Oh Woody’  or Download ‘Oh Woody’

Woody_Guthrie_NYWTSAnd just last weekend, ‘Oh Woody’ took 2nd Place in the Tumbleweed Music Festival’s contest—the 3rd year in a row I believe that I’ve come in second with various songs I entered. That’s pretty darn cool…    

‘Oh Woody’ also rose to #2 (!!) on the National Folk music radio charts this summer. That’s just Incredible. I’ve always felt such a strong kinship with this song from crowds singing it along with me to the message of the song itself and it’s really great to know that folks are hearing it on radio and really responding to it. Long Live Woody Guthrie!!

What’s Next???

SFS biggerI also have a handful of shows coming up closer to home, including a short set at Artichoke Musicin Portland on October 23rd (with Bob Howard, Matt Mesa, & Alonzo Garbanzo) and at the GREAT Seattle Folklore Society series in Seattle on Saturday, October 24th

For more info. on specific venues, times, etc. go to: Dan Weber Upcoming Performances

And lastly, I’ve been named as an ‘Official Showcase Artist’ at Folk Alliance’s Far-West conference in Oakland, CA and an ‘Official Quad Showcase Artist’ at Folk Alliance’s Northeast Regional conference in Kershokan, NY. These conferences and speciafically the ‘Official Showcases’ are GREAT opportunities to play in front of venues, agents, house concert hosts, talent buyers, etc. so I’ really excited to be able to play them—so maybe, I Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet after all…

Speaking of ‘Contests’…during the The ‘Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet’ Tour I played in 5 songwriting contests—the Tucson Folk Festival, the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, MA, the Kerrville Folk Festival’s ‘New Folk’ Competition in Texas, the Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Competition at the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City and as an ‘Emerging Artist’ at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Upstate, NY in late July…

Rose Garden Coffeehouse

I took 1st Place in the Rose Garden Coffeehouse contest (my 1st win!!), 2nd Place in the Susanne Millsaps competition, and was a Finalist in Kerrville ‘New Folk’ (3 times in 4 years!), and in Tucson (3rd year in a row as a Finalist) and the results of Falcon Ridge will be released sometime this winter (finger’s crossed!). 

No one I know—including myself—is a big fan of songwriting contests—it’s a pretty weird experience ‘competing’ on what is essentially subjective—songwriting and musical taste. It’s also financially draining, pretty stressful and usually involves a hefty dose of ‘rejection’. Up until now, I’ve won exactly one contest—after ‘losing’ 15 or 20 times. But on the other hand, I’ve met some Wonderful people and so many other talented artists—So on balance, I still think it’s pretty cool to do them and an honor to be a finalist, honorable mention, etc.

As always, I wanted to say ‘Thank YOU’ again for all the support. So many great things are happening in 2015 and every bit of ‘success’ I’ve had has been a surprise to me and I’m just grateful to be able to chase my dream for a while. THE most rewarding part of playing the shows was meeting folks all over the country and getting to know them. I met so many Wonderful people and your hospitality and kind words are what kept me going. It’s as Simple as that. So ‘Thank YOU!’ for Listening, Reading, Sharing, and Helping me make this long, Crazy musical journey of mine possible…I’m really humbled by your overwhelming show of support.
 
Hey–If you have a favorite local venue you’d like me to play at or would be interested in hosting a House Concert (which ARE the greatest things since sliced bread BTW), shoot me an email, let’s talk!!!
 
And one last BIG Thanks! to my crack team–my ‘Tribe’–of ridiculously Cool Friends, Fans, Independent DJ’s and just Wonderful People (You know who you are!!!) who keep sharing the songs and the CD’s with their friends, family, etc. It’s truly extraordinary and it means so, so much to me. Please Don’t Stop Now!

Gratefully!
dan

Dan Weber-What I'm Lookin' For CoverMy NEW CD ‘What I’m Lookin For’ has 14 new songs including ‘(I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day’, ‘Oh Woody’, ‘Pretty Good Tonight’, and ‘Do You Ride Horses’ to name a few and several you’ve probably not heard before since I’ve not played them live.

‘What I’m Lookin For’ is my best songwriting yet so I really think you’re gonna love it! You can pick up a copy at my website at Dan Weber Music where there are links to iTunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby, etc.

The ‘Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet’ Tour ends at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival!!

 Howdy Friends!!
 
The ‘Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet’ Tour came to a close last weekend at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. I unplugged my guitar, walked off the stage and into the crowd, and then sang ‘May the Good Lord take a liking to you’ one last time before an unexpected standing ovation. And just like that, after 23 shows in 15 states over 6 weeks, with 11 plane flights (I’m still trying to forget the one I showed up 1 day LATE for), countless weird motels (I’m lookin’ at you Brownwood, TX!) and 4 rent-a-cars (one stretch included 6,000 miles of driving in 3 weeks), the EPIC journey was over. Phew…

 Woodyfest 2015 Copy 

photo by Michael Galassi

There were so many Great nights and Incredible shows along the way it’s hard to know where to start. Every show I played my heart out and almost without fail the audience embraced me and you could almost feel a little magic in the air. I wish I could point to one moment where it all crystallized and came together but it felt like it did during each show in one way or another. I played at festivals, in living rooms, bars, coffeehouses, courtyards, parking lots, fields and in one public library. One show started out in a noisy bar with me singing in the corner through a sound system and ended up with me playing unplugged—standing on a picnic bench in the middle of the bar—with the crowd so quiet you could hear a pin drop…THAT night—and the whole tour—still feels like a Dream…

And there were many old and new friends I met along the way, so many folks who put me up for a night in a spare room (or gave me theirs), fed me delicious food, told me their stories and inspired me in countless ways…And time after time, before long, I was made to feel like part of the ‘Family’. There’s a real gift to doing that, and I can’t say THANK YOU! enough to those extremely generous folks…

I’m sure with time, my memories of the ‘Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet’ Tour will change and inevitably some will deepen and some will fade…but the thing I can’t escape today as I type this, is that as recently as 5 years ago—when I was still playing open mics and before I’d ever booked any real shows—is that someday I’d get to play some of the places and festivals I’d never allowed myself to dream of playing, and that somehow I’d ‘belong’ in those places and on those stages…That’s the most gratifying thing I feel right now…just knowing ‘l can do this’. It’s pretty damn cool…

Neale Kerrville 2015 Copy

photo by Neale Eckstein

What’s next???

I have a handful of shows coming up—most closer to home—2 in Seattle, a couple in Portland and a few out of town. I’m honored to have been selected out of hundreds of submissions to be an ‘Emerging Artist’ at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Upstate, NY and have also been selected (after 5 years of trying!) as an ‘Official Showcase Artist’ at Folk Alliance’s Far-West conference in Oakland, CA…Yup—more flights and rent-a cars—so maybe, just maybe I Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet after all!!

For info. on specific venues, times, etc. go to: http://danwebermusic.com/shows/index.html

New Music and News:  
 
***My tribute song to Woody Guthrie—‘Oh Woody’, rose to #2 on the national Folk music radio charts in June and the new CD, ‘What I’m Lookin For’ was #6 on the charts…Whoa~Incredible!!
***For more info, on the New CD, see ‘What I’m Lookin For’ below!

***During the The ‘Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet’ Tour I played in 4 songwriting contests—the Tucson Folk Festival, the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, MA, the Kerrville Folk Festival’s ‘New Folk’ Competition in Texas and the Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Competition at the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City…

Rose Garden 2015 

photo by Nancy Murphy-Walsh

I took 1st Place in the Rose Garden Coffeehouse contest (I thought I’d NEVER win one!), 2nd Place in the Susanne Millsaps competition, and was a Finalist in Kerrville ‘New Folk’ (3 times in 4 years!), and in Tucson (3rd year in a row)…No one I know is a huge fan of songwriting contests—it’s a pretty weird experience ‘competing’ on what is essentially subjective (Music)—but I’ve met some wonderful people and so many other talented artists so I still think it’s pretty cool to do them…  

Lastly, I wanted to say ‘Thank YOU’ again for all the support. So many great things are happening in 2015 and every bit of ‘success’ I’ve had has been a surprise to me and I’m just grateful to be able to chase my dream for a while. THE most rewarding part of playing the shows was meeting folks all over the country and getting to know them. I met so many Wonderful people and your hospitality and kind words are what kept me going. It’s as Simple as that. So ‘Thank YOU!’ for Listening, Reading, Sharing, and Helping me make this long, Crazy musical journey of mine possible…I’m really humbled by your overwhelming show of support.
 
Hey–If you have a favorite local venue you’d like me to play at or would be interested in hosting a House Concert (which ARE the greatest things since sliced bread BTW), shoot me an email, let’s talk!!!

Elizabeth Campbell CD Release 2015
 
And one last BIG Thanks! to my crack team–my ‘Tribe’–of ridiculously Cool Friends, Fans, Independent DJ’s and just Wonderful People (You know who you are!!!) who keep sharing the songs and the CD’s with their friends, family, etc. It’s truly extraordinary and it means so, so much to me. Please Don’t Stop Now!

Gratefully!
dan

***‘What I’m Lookin For’ has 14 new songs including ‘(I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day’, ‘Oh Woody’, ‘Pretty Good Tonight’, and ‘Do You Ride Horses’ to name a few and several you’ve probably not heard before since I’ve not played them live. ‘What I’m Lookin For’ is my best songwriting yet so I really think you’re gonna love it! You can pick up a copy at my website http://danwebermusic.com/music/wilf.html where there are links to iTunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby, etc.

 Dan Weber-What I'm Lookin' For Cover

 

The “Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet Tour” has begun!!!

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Howdy Y’all!!

The “Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet Tour” has begun and it’s turning into an Epic journey!!

There are some incredible shows coming up including the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Come see a show~and if you can’t, please tell your friends and family in those parts—I’d Love to see them at a show and meet ‘em!! 

For full details of each show including times, contact info, etc. go to: http://danwebermusic.com/shows/index.html 
 
Here’s the List of Upcoming Shows:

5/30  Musicians Corner House Concerts, St. Paul, MN
 
6/1    South Sioux City Public Library, South Sioux City, NE
 
6/3    Whispering Pines B&B, Nebraska City, NE
 
6/4    Barley Street Tavern, Omaha, NE
         (with Township and Range)   
 
6/5    KC Café Radio @ Whistle Stop Antiques, Belton, MO
 
6/7    In the Know House Concerts, New Holstein, WI
 
6/9    Uncommon Ground-Clark, Chicago, IL
         (with Jack Shane) 
 
6/11  Public House Brewing, Saint James, MO
         (with Bliss Hippy)  
 
6/12  Stone Spiral Coffeehouse, St. Louis, MO
         (with Bliss Hippy)  
 
6/13   Flying Cat House Concerts, Indianapolis, IN
 
6/16   Nashville Side Streets, Nashville, TN
          (with Ronnie Dean)
 
6/17   Wildwood Center for the Performing Arts, Little Rock, AR
 
6/18   The Blue Door, Oklahoma City, OK
 
6/20   Dry County Concerts, Eastland, TX
 
6/21   Johnson Studio House Concerts, Huntsville, TX
 
6/26   Taste of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
 
7/11   Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Okemah, OK
 
7/18   Bite of Seattle, Seattle, WA
 
7/31   Pacific City Music Festival, Pacific City, OR

8/1     Pacific City Music Festival, Pacific City, OR 

8/15   Park Place Coffee, Gresham, OR
(with Bliss Hippy and Rich Waggoner)

8/25   The Secret Garden, Portland, OR

9/12   Clark County Folk Festival, Yacolt, WA

And there’s MORE Dates to come!!!

For full details of each show including times, contact info, etc. go to: http://danwebermusic.com/shows/index.html 

Come to a show and see why Folks are saying things like:
“Dan, I have to tell you that I’ve been to over a hundred house concerts in the last 5 years and yours tonight was the MOST energizing of any and SO MUCH FUN!!! Smiling, laughing, singing, and relating to you were an every second occurrence! Thanks for sharing your energy, personal stories, and inner spirit.” – Cindy H. 

‘THANK YOU!’ for all the support. Every bit of ‘success’ I’ve has come because folks have embraced me and I’m just grateful to be able to chase my dream a bit. THE most rewarding part is playing the shows and meeting folks all over the country and getting to know them. I meet so many Wonderful people and your hospitality and kind words are what keeps me going. It’s as Simple as that. So Thanks for Listening, Reading, Sharing, and Helping me make this long, Crazy musical journey of mine possible…I’m really humbled by your enthusiasm and show of support.

Gratefully,
dan

Party CIYH

 

‘What I’m Lookin For’ is 14 new songs including ‘(I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day’, ‘Oh Woody’, ‘Pretty Good Tonight’, Do You Ride Horses’ and several you’ve probably not heard before. It was recorded at the same studio with the same team as ‘Ash and Bone’ and it’s my best songwriting yet—so I think you’re REALLY gonna love it!! You can pick up a copy at my website http://danwebermusic.com/music/wilf.html where there are links to iTunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby, etc. Thanks for getting a copy!!Dan Weber-What I'm Lookin' For Cover

 

Winner of the 2015 Performing Songwriter Contest!!

Oh man, after an EPIC Official showcase at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) conference near Ashville, N. Carolina, I made a mad dash for Greensboro, NC on Saturday morning, then flew to Providence, RI (via Philadelphia) and played in the Rose Garden Coffeehouse’s 23rd annual Performing Songwriter Contest.

And I Won—Fantastic!!!

Here’s a few photos from the night including one with my fellow contestants Tom Smith of Dedham, Mass., Christine DeLeon of New Jersey, and Steve Ide, artist director of the Rose Garden Coffeehouse after the contest on Saturday, May 16, 2015. 

Stay tuned!!!

Peace~dan

 

 

DAN WEBER : Winner of the 2015 Performing Songwriter Contest

Dan Weber

Photo © Copyright 2015 Stephen Ide

Dan Weber with Steve Ide, contest collage
Photos © Copyright 2015 Rachel Ide and Stephen Ide

Rose Garden Coffeehouse

Announcing the ‘Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet’ 2015 Tour!!!

Howdy Friends!!

I just got back from the Tucson Folk Festival yesterday and am already re-packing and gearing up for the Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet 2015 Tour. As you can tell by the dates and the distances between them, it promises to be an Epic journey! There are also some incredible shows in there including a slot at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival which has a GREAT line-up this year. For info. on specific venues, times, etc. go to: http://danwebermusic.com/shows/index.html

Come see a show and if you can’t Please tell your friends and family in those parts—I’d Love to see them at a show and meet ‘em!!

New Music and News:  
 
#1 The Brand NEW CD, ‘What I’m Lookin For’ was released on March 21st & 22nd at two really incredible SOLD OUT shows at Artichoke Music in Portland. Both were recorded for an upcoming LIVE CD that’s in the works down the road. I just want to say a HUGE ‘Thanks!’ to Everyone who came to the shows (and sang along!) for their show of support in selling out both nights, to my fellow musicians, to Artichoke Music and all the volunteers, and to everyone who worked so hard to make the shows so special. In short, it was FAN-tastic!!!

Dan Weber-What I'm Lookin' For Cover

‘What I’m Lookin For’ has 14 new songs including ‘(I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day’, ‘Oh Woody’, ‘Pretty Good Tonight’, and ‘Do You Ride Horses’ to name a few and several you’ve probably not heard before since I’ve not played them live. ‘What I’m Lookin For’ is my best songwriting yet so I really think you’re gonna love it! You can pick up a copy at my website http://danwebermusic.com/music/wilf.html where there are links to iTunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby, etc.

#2 The REALLY BIG news is that I was again selected for the 3rd time in 4 years as a Finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s ‘New Folk’ Competition in Texas. I’m so dang excited! I was previously a finalist in 2012 and 2014 so this feels like getting to do my Senior Prom over again (which I skipped because I was too shy to ask anyone out!). Past finalists read like a who’s-who of songwriters I admire and love: Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Slaid Cleves, Johnsmith, James McMurtry, Jonathan Byrd, Danny Schmidt—just to name a few AMAZING songwriters. Here’s hoping the 3rd time’s the ‘Charm’ :-) New Folk

#3 I was also JUST selected as Finalist in the Rose Garden Coffeehouse’s 23rd Annual Performing Songwriter Competition just outside Boston, MA. I’m really excited to go back ‘East’ for a short bit before the “Ain’t Done Ramblin’ Yet Tour” starts. That’ll be right after my ‘Official Showcase’ at the SE Regional Folk Alliance conference near Ashville, North Carolina. It’s going to be a CRAZY couple of months!!

Rose Garden Coffeehouse

Lastly, I wanted to say‘THANK YOU’ again for all the support. So many great things happened in 2014 and even more are happening in 2015. Every bit of ‘success’ I’ve has come because folks have embraced me and I’m just grateful to be able to chase my dream a bit. THE most rewarding part is playing the shows and meeting folks all over the country and getting to know them. I meet so many Wonderful people and your hospitality and kind words are what keeps me going. It’s as Simple as that. So ‘Thank YOU!’ for Listening, Reading, Sharing, and Helping me make this long, Crazy musical journey of mine possible…I’m really humbled by your enthusiasm and show of support.
 
Hey BTW–If you have a favorite local venue you’d like me to play at or would be interested in hosting a House Concert (which ARE the greatest things since sliced bread!), shoot me an email, let’s talk!!!
 
And one last BIG Thanks! to my crack team–my ‘Tribe’–of ridiculously Cool Friends, Fans, Independent DJ’s and just Wonderful People (You know who you are!!!) who keep sharing the songs and the CD’s with their friends, family, etc. It’s truly extraordinary and it means so, so much to me. Please Don’t Stop Now!

Gratefully,
dan

Party CIYH

Happy New Year!~Welcome to Dan Weber’s ‘I Deal with Crazy ALL Day’ Newsletter!!

Welcome to Dan Weber’s ‘I Deal with Crazy ALL Day’ Newsletter!!

Here’s the Latest Info. on Upcoming Shows and New Music.

Thanks for Keeping in Touch!

Peace~dan

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Howdy Friends: Happy New Year!!

I Hope you had a great Holiday! Mine was a head-scratcher–literally. My wonderful wife Diane bought me one of those weird looking wire head-scratchers. It’s hard to describe but when you use it you feel like you’re communicating with aliens. So naturally I love it!

BTW—I’ve started using ‘Mail Chimp’ for these occasional missives I call the ‘(I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day’ Newsletter. Mostly because I thought the Monkey was kinda cute…

Lots of News and New Music afoot:

#1 The NEW CD, ‘What I’m Lookin For’ is so close to being done I can taste it and will be released on March 21st & 22nd at a very special 2 Night Celebration at Artichoke Music in Portland (see below). Both shows will be recorded for a LIVE CD and there will be several great musical guests. In short–it’s gonna be FAN-tastic!!!

-‘What I’m Lookin For’ has 14 new songs including ‘(I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day’, ‘Oh Woody’, ‘Pretty Good Tonight’, and ‘Do You Ride Horses’ to name a few and several you’ve probably not heard before since I’ve not played them live. I Loved ‘Ash and Bone’ (and still do) but ‘What I’m Lookin For’ is my best songwriting yet and it somehow feels more ‘Personal’, so I really think you’re gonna love it!

-Reservations for the show are available starting Tuesday, January 6th (through Artichoke Music) and they will likely go FAST so get yours early!! To Reserve your seats (15.00 each) Contact Artichoke Music at 503-232-8845.

#2 I’ve got a short Valentine’s Day Weekend Tour in Texas and Oklahoma–that I’m Super-Excited about!! Uncle Calvins in Dallas, Rouse House Concerts in Houston, and the Historic Depot for the Winter Wind Concert Series in Norman, OK. It’s gonna be GREAT!!!

-Dates/Links below. Please do tell your friends and family in those parts—I’d Love to meet ‘em and play for them–besides, it’s gonna be waaaaay better than the crowded restaurants that weekend!!

-BTW, the tour ends in Kansas City at the Folk Alliance International Music Conference. Think of 1,000 musicians all staying in the same hotel playing music all night long. Usually breaks up about 4am. Yikes…

#3 I’ve got 2 Local Shows coming up!:

-On Saturday January 24th it’s Songwriter’s Night with Bob Howard at the Historic Ascension Chapel in Portland. Details below. Jerry Towell will join me. This will be a really fun night to play in such a cool place!

-I’ll also be playing at the Peninsula Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, WA with Jerry Towell on Saturday April 11th. I think it’d be a Perfect plan to take a Spring weekend at the beach, don’t you??

#4 I’ve been named a Finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival’s Songwriting Contest in Ft. Lauderdale on January 17th-18th. They had me at ‘Ft. Lauderdale in January’. A great lineup too! Friends in Florida?? Have ‘em check it out!

Lastly, and most importantly, I wanted to say a HUGE ‘Thank YOU’ for all the support this last year! So many great things happened in 2014: A 2nd time as a Kerrville ‘New Folk’ Finalist, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, opening for Ian Tyson, Tom May’s Winterfolk at the Aladdin, the SWRFA conference, Tucson, CT Folk, Tumbleweed, and the epic ‘Front Porch’ tour!

Dang, it WAS a Great year!!

But the thing is–if you know me well–then you know that the MOST rewarding part of playing the shows was meeting folks all over the country and getting to know them. I met so many Wonderful people and your hospitality and kind words are what kept me going. It’s as Simple as that. So ‘Thank YOU!’ for Listening, Reading, Sharing, and Helping me make this long, Crazy musical journey of mine possible…I’m humbled by your overwhelming show of support.

Hey–If you have a favorite local venue you’d like me to play at or would be interested in hosting a House Concert (which ARE the greatest things since sliced bread BTW), shoot me an email, let’s talk!!!

And one last BIG Thanks! to my crack team–my ‘Tribe’–of ridiculously Cool Friends, Fans, Independent DJ’s and just Wonderful People (You know who you are!!!) who keep sharing the songs and the CD’s with their friends, family, etc. It’s truly extraordinary and it means so, so much to me. Please Don’t Stop Now!

Gratefully!
dan

Texas Valentine

“My Funny (Texas/Oklahoma) Valentine Tour”

I’m Super EXCITED to play 3 shows over Valentine’s Day Weekend in Texas and Oklahoma!!

Friday February 13th: Opening for the Great Trio ‘Brother Sun’ at the Legendary Uncle Calvin’s in Dallas, TX.
https://www.unclecalvins.org/showprofile.aspx?showdate=201502132000

Saturday February 14th: Valentines Day at the Fabulous Rouse House Concerts in Houston Heights, TX!
https://www.facebook.com/rouse.house.concerts

Sunday February 15th: The Fantastic Winter Wind Concert Series at the Historic Norman Depot in Norman, OK.
https://www.pasnorman.org/programs/winterwind

Do Tell your Friends and Family in Texas and Oklahoma to come see us!!!

artichoke

‘What I’m Lookin’ For’ CD Release Shows!!!

March 21st & 22nd, 2015.

A Very Special 2 Night CD Release Celebration at Artichoke Music for ‘What I’m Lookin’ For’, my Brand New CD featuring 14 songs including ‘Oh Woody’ and ‘(I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day’.

Both shows will be Recorded for an upcoming LIVE CD and will include Special Musical guests including:

Jerry Towell: Guitar, Tim Connell: Mandolin & Anna Tivel: Fiddle with more guests to come! These are going to be 2 AMAZING shows!!!

**Note: Artichoke is a Wonderful, Intimate venue, so seating is EXTREMELY Limited. Reservations are available starting Tuesday, January 6th.**

To Reserve your seats (15.00 each), Contact Artichoke Music at 503-232-8845.
https://artichokemusic.org/contact/index.html
You don’t want to miss these Special Shows!!

P.S.: Artichoke is the HEART of the local acoustic music scene and has the finest listening room in Portland. They’re a non-profit and could really use your support!

AEP-chapel-and-sign

Saturday, January 24th. Songwriter’s Night with Bob Howard at the Historic Ascension Chapel in Portland. Jerry Towell joins us. Note: There will be a Potluck at 5:30 pm, then Bob and I will be doing a fun Q&A/Workshop titled: “Creativity After 40: It’s Never Too Late to Start.” Show at 7:00 pm.

Penninsula Arts Center

Saturday, April 11th at the Peninsula Arts Center in Long Beach, WA with Jerry Towell. I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time–it’ll be a great weekend at the Beach!!
https://peninsulaartscenter.org/concerts/

SFFF

Just got this email:

“We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a Finalist in the 2015 South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition, for your songs ‘Hank & Jesus’ and ‘Oh Woody.’ We had a huge number of submissions, and the fact that you were selected is a reflection of how highly all of our judges regarded your music. You should be extremely proud.”

Very Cool!!

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Scared the Hell out of my cat Zeke…

Grateful Blog Day 106: Sunday was one of those ridiculously amazing days where everything that’s good can and did happen to me…I can’t even talk about it now. So mostly I ran around the house and jumped up and down and yelled a bit and scared the hell out of my cat Zeke. I’m Grateful he didn’t take it personally…

A Really Good Show…

Grateful Blog Day 105: (this was Saturday’s Grateful Blog…I’m behind…). I saw Hayes Carll in concert on Saturday night. The best part of the show was seeing so many friends there. Four years ago I didn’t know a single one of those folks so that never would have happened back then. But when I got there (late as usual) I first ran into a friend who works at the venue. Hugs, catching up, laughs. I miss seeing her. Then I headed in the theater and found my group of friends. More hugs, catching up, laughs. They had a spare seat and I settled in for a really good show. I sat next to Bonnie who has the world’s best taste I music, Rich passed a flask of ‘Old Weller’ on the sly and dear Cheryl threw crumpled dollar bills at my head during show. You know you’re loved when that happens. So I’m Grateful for that as well as the hugs, the catching up, the laughs, and a seat saved amongst friends. It was a really good show…

A Stitch in Time: Pendleton, Oregon…

Grateful Blog Day 104: I woke up in Pendleton, Oregon the other morning, the town made famous by its annual rodeo and the woolen mills by the same name. It was a little disorienting since I’d been camping in the desert for several days and had seen or spoken with virtually no one. And suddenly there I was, waking up in a motel with the train roaring by and a complimentary breakfast. I skipped it. I drove around downtown 5 or 6 times. It doesn’t take long and after a few trips around the downtown blocks you’ve seen it all—5 or 6 times. I grabbed coffee and headed back to the motel to pack when I noticed the Pendleton Woolen Mills store. I was wearing my favorite Pendleton wool/down vest. It’s probably the most comfortable and most versatile piece of clothing I own. Its part vest, part coat, part pillow and part seat cushion. Half the time I come in the house and keep it on for another hour; it’s THAT comfortable and frankly, why be cold while the house is still heating up?

So I wandered in and the store was dead at that hour; just me and the sales clerk. She noticed my vest and we talked a minute or 2. Mostly I told her how much I loved it but it was in pretty sorry shape due to a torn pocket and exactly five different tears—the last 2 coming courtesy of some barbed wire I got tangled with a few hundred miles ago a few days earlier. She said ‘Take off the vest, let me see’. I didn’t really think about it, I just did. She saw the damage, said ‘a whip-stitch wouldn’t be pretty but it’d do the trick’ and I nodded ‘uh huh’ as if I had a clue what a ‘whip-stitch’ was. Then she said ‘do you have 15 minutes?’ Yeah sure. ‘Great!’ It what seemed like 5 seconds, she had a drawer open and a handful of spools of thread and various needles on the table and began sewing. We talked a little bit longer but I could see it’d be easier if I just left her alone so I did.

It’s weird, the whole time I had that feeling you get when someone chooses to take over and you let them—like getting a massage. At first there’s an unfamiliarity to negotiate, then some odd warm and prickly feeling in the back of your neck and then the general feeling of well-being when someone unselfishly gives of themselves. I’m pretty sure it’s not in the employee handbook for sales clerks to offer to sew customer’s Pendleton garments right there and then—I’m pretty sure they’re not supposed to fix them at all. And I’m quite certain there job is to sell you anther one. Believe me, I looked. No luck.   

So 15 minutes later she was done. Her sewing was efficient (mind you I’m no expert) and she said it was far from perfect but I begged to differ. I walked into the store with my favorite torn vest on, smelling of campfire smoke, and she literally just took it upon herself to fix it. I didn’t catch her name but I want to write the company a letter to tell them how Grateful I was she was working that morning, and how Grateful they should be to have her be the face of their company when she’s behind the counter. Like I said, I’m a big fan of the vest, but now I’m a bigger fan of the company and the fine ladies (and men) who work there. When summer hits before long it’ll get put in the back of the closet but when I pull it out next fall, it’ll be good as new…