By Felix Casado –
What can I say about Jeff Dane? He’s the next big thing to hit the radio and stage near you. I had the pleasure in doing a phone interview with Jeff and what a great guy. He’s super focused on his projects and very humble and down with his Rock/Country music… with a little twist of “fresh”.
Jeff came from the mountains of Missouri. After finishing law school, he decided he wanted to be a rock star and followed his heart to Nashville. There he played clubs and did some song writer shows. He then got the opportunity to be the lead singer of the Lost Trailers, rocking the stage in front of 50,000 people while playing with national acts such as Big and Rich to Dustin Lynch.
EC: When did you start playing music?
JD: Early on. I was in a musical when I was 2 years old. The musical was “The King and I”. I played as one of the King’s Sons, but I started singing at 2 or 3 and then from there in Elementary and Junior High I would mess around with some bands. I formed my first real band in Freshman year when I was 14 years old, and it was more like a rock sound in the 90’s.. I started playing guitar when I was 14 years old.
EC: What are you musical influences?
JD: I grew up with a mixture or Country and Rock. My mom was a total hippie; she went to wood stock. My dad was a good old country boy, so I listen to pretty much everything from the The Beatles, James Taylor and anything that got played in the 70’s. It’s a mixture of Country, rock and pop.
EC: Do any of your family members sing or play in a band?
JD: Actually no. My mom would sing a little bit when she was younger in school. I come from a military and law enforcement family and am the Artistic black sheep in my family. They encouraged me to go in to law enforcement, but didn’t force me.
EC: Besides music, what are your main hobbies or past times?
JD: I like hunting and fishing. I’ve done it since I was a kid. I still enjoy it, but I also like to paint, draw and woodshop. I like to build stuff.
EC: So about your first single “Apple-Pie Moonshine”. What inspired you to write this song?
JD: Well, the subject fit being part of country music. I currently write all my songs with my producer. He brought in a hip hop writer since Country music is taking a twist with all this new “Hip Hop Country”. He came up with a cool flow and I came up with the melody. It’s still country, but it has a good feel. We want to make you feel like your part of this story while riding on the passenger seat.
EC: Why did you decide to make country music your passion?
JD: It’s a combination of different things, like growing up in Missouri in the mountains and listening to country music and rock. With Country music I can tell my story. It’s hard to identify myself with the “nightlife and clubs”, like if I was in Miami. I’m a huge fan of every kind of music, and that’s what I’m trying to bring to the table is all these new, different sounds.
EC: What artists did you draw your musical influence from?
JD: Well, as I’m growing up I’m listening to Garth Brooks, George Jones and George Straight and old country. My dad had a huge part when it came to the country music, but I always wanted to be a rock star, so my biggest influences were Guns and Roses, Pearl Jam, Alice and chains … and you will listen to some of that 90’s feel in my music. I can never forget the first time I saw Guns and Roses and I said that’s what a rock star is. But, my favorite band is actually Clutch.
EC: How was it being the lead singer for the Lost Trailers?
JD: Life changing! We are playing some shows this summer. I was in LA and I put music behind me thinking I was to do what was important . And that was finishing law school. Then I decided that something was missing in my life and it was music.
When I graduated, I told everyone I was going to Nashville and becoming a Country Music Singer. When I moved I met Stockes Nielson, the founder of the Lost Trailers. He was friends with my producer and he enjoyed my unique sound, and then he asked if I wanted to go on tour with them. And just like that, over night, I went from playing clubs and song writer events, to playing with Big and Rich, Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch and playing in front of 40 to 50 thousand people over night. It was amazing! This was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
EC: Are you going to release an album this year?
JD: I think the idea is since we’ve been writing since May, and my single just got released and we are going to see how it kicks in the summer. And by the end of the summer, go back into the studio and start writing.
My conclusion… Jeff Dane is unstoppable with a great team of producers and song writers and his musical roots of Rock/Country/Pop make his music something to talk about. With his hit single “Apple-Pie Moonshine” (available on iTunes) rocking the airwaves, he is someone to keep a close eye on. Trust me, you don’t want to miss what’s coming. I’m excited and can’t wait to have his album playing in my car!!
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