Dan Bern sounds a lot like Bob Dylan. There, I said it…it is done…now let’s move on. I imagine Dan Bern feels the same way. One of my favorite Dan Bern quotes comes from him being asked about the similarity between him and Dylan he replied,
“I guess Bob Dylan was sort of the Dan Bern of the ’60’s“….
Now, before I move into complete fanboy gushings I will post this description of Dan that I swiped from musicbox-online. They are more professional and better writers and probably better looking than me…so, without anymore rambling:
“Like Loudon Wainwright, Dan Bern mixes pop culture with personal reflection, humor with cerebral eloquence. His acerbic wit can sometimes be a bitter pill to swallow, but in the blink of an eye he easily can shift gears to reveal the most intimately tender moments.”
there…now…ON WITH THE FANBOY! <- that’s me…wink wink.
I became familiar with Bernstien almost 10 years ago when my local community radio station began playing “Jerusalem” off his, then new, self-titled cd….My full blown love affair w/his music was cast in cement upon the 1998 release of “Fifty Eggs” and I have since preordered every release as soon as he or his label started taking orders.
Coming from the antifolk scene of the ’90’s Dan Bern has evolved over time and his music has even grown to include a full band but through it all he has maintained his dry wit and biting social commentary that made me fall in love with his music so long ago….One of the hardest things about writing this entry was trying to decide what songs to post with it…there are so many that are so freaking good..You really should pay a visit to his website and read the lyrics section…there are also some stories by Mr. Bern and while you are at it take the time to listen to these songs…Dan Bern is one of the best song writers you you’ve never heard of…and what a lucky break for us that he’s had a pen laying around…now listen to these songs…please…don’t make me beg…cause…i will….
Talkin’ Woody & Bob, Bruce and Dan Blues (a joking take on the Dylan, Guthrie, Springsteen influence, presented in the style of a Guthrie or Dylan talking blues song)
I would be very interested in hearing what you thought in the comments section.
Dan Bern is currently on tour and his latest cd “Breathe” was released on Tuesday thru Messenger Records. You can stream some of the tracks from the new cd on his myspace site and at Messenger Records.