Dan McCann music
2013-2018: I am playing bass with "Tom Gillam and the Kosmic Messengers" based in Austin, TX and 2016 will see the release of our album "Beautiful Dream". About Tom: In a career that spans six studio releases and one live album, Gillam has carved out a special place in popular music he can easily call his own. His songwriting, which I really dig, his whiskey tenor voice, and stinging slide guitar have become well known, not only to his fans here in the United States but also, in recent years, to audiences in Europe as well. David Spencer on guitars and Ian Bailey on drums round out the lineup of this original rocking band.
In the Summer of 2015 Dennis Herrera Blues Band from Los Angeles, released a full length album of Herrera's songs. I am proud to have been asked to play bass on two tracks. The CD is titled "Livin' Life, Not Worryin'" and I play on "This Aint Nothin' New" featuring Anson Funderburgh and Dennis on guitars and a funky Dennis Herrera song titled "Sun is Shining".
In 2011, I'm proud to have played bass with Mamou, Steve LaFleur's Hard Rock Cajun band based in Lafayette, Louisiana. We played several Lafayette shows and Mamou staged a successful reunion of original members and former band mates Jonno Frishberg, Gina Forsyth, and Mark de Basile, at the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles 2011. My special thanks to Henry Hample, Chris Boudreaux and Bruce Sheehan.
Rare Recording: EP titled "JAMEY SIMMS". Producer Jamey Simms on guitar and vocals, Hunt Sales on drums and Dan McCann on bass . This music is hard and fast and to the groove. Recorded at OHM Studios in Austin in 2011. Dan McCann Executive Producer.
This website www.danmccannmusic.com is good places to listen to my music and some of the music projects and albums I have played on. Listen free and without a password.
In 1979, I played bass, wrote music and sang a little in Wildebeest, a rock band that played San Francisco bay area night clubs and recorded an EP produced by Jerry Garcia Band bassist, the late, John Kahn.
In the early 1980's, I moved to Austin with a roots band named The Fur Trappers with Wiley Cousins and Andrew Teekell, where we met and worked with Champ Hood. I joined Evan Johns and The H Bombs and for years we toured The US, Canada and Europe with Jungle Records and Rykodisc Records. I played on Evan Johns records and CD's with , Marcia Ball, Mike Buck, Henry Vestine (Canned Heat original guitarist), Jim Starboard, Mark Korpi, Jimmy Carl Black (drummer for Frank Zappa and the Mothers). I recorded original material with Bobby Keys, Eddie Shaver, David Holt, Jessie Taylor, Barry McBride (the Plugs), Fur Dixon and Frosty Smith and recorded at Arlyn Studio with Stewart Sullivan in Austin. I play guitar and bass on Virus 100 Anthology CD released by Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles.
In the early 1992, I moved to Aspen CO and recorded and gigged with Steve Skinner, Scott Shifflett and Flying Dog Records. The CD's are: "Unity" by The Love Machine. WAKABAK, and in 1996 Interruptus recorded "Umbrella Man" performed at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen written by Steve Skinner..
Moving to Los Angeles in the late 1990s where I worked in bands with Ron Johnson, Blue Baron (Broken Radio CD), Joe Romersa , Dylan Thomas and Dennis Herrera. Recorded "Cottonmouth" CD with LA hard rockers "Sloth" in 1997. In 1999 I traveled to London to work with super guitarist Gwyn Ashton but couldn't get the right visa to stay there. I played bass on Honey Davis CD" Prince of the Blues" in 2005.
Los Angeles is where I produced and recorded two CD's of my own material. In 2008 I released Dan McCann Street Songs", recorded at Shadow Box Studio in Encino, CA. Studio boss Joe Romersa acted as engineer, drummer and a great manager of time musicians. In 2009 we continued on with "Dan McCann Download" and added Eric Garcia's studio magic at 48 Windows in Venice, CA. The two CD's feature 17 songs I wrote and produced and feature great performances by Gerald Johnson (Dave Mason, Steve Miller), Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison, Steve Miller), Jeff Jourard (The Motels and Tom Petty), Mike Thompson ( Eagles and Denny Freeman), Joe Romersa (Silent Hill Music) and Los Angeles' Dylan Thomas on ripping lead and rhythm guitar.
Austin, TX has been my home since 2010 and I lived in Austin for most of the 1980's as well. My Facebook page and my Dan McCann Music page on Facebook is where to see what I'm doing this time around in the Capital City of Texas.
I am a band member first and foremost. I have played bass since I was 11 years old. In 1974, I received a full football scholarship to Stanford University from North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles. I was the starting center for Stanford Football for Coach Bill Walsh, graduating in 1978.
I live in South Austin, Texas and I am a bassist. I'm a band member, with considerable touring and recording experience.