Today I have another opportunity to review not only a CD from someone I know, but also tell you about his show this past Saturday night. I can’t believe I’ve never written about Dan Deel before. I’ve known Dan for a while now, and have seen him perform an acoustic show or two, but this week, I had a chance to see him work with a full band. That was at his CD Release Party in Bristol, Va., at a great venue called Quaker Steak and Lube.
I have a feeling this one is going to be easy to write. That is because I’m a country music fan, and Dan sings country music. He’s one of those artists that you don’t need two or three words to describe what he does. He doesn’t sing ‘country/rock’, and he definitely doesn’t sing ‘country/pop’. Now, he did rap – just a little. I don’t know why most of the artists today feel like they need to put that in their show. But, I will tell you, the crowd was definitely into it! I like that 99 percent of what he sings is country–that’s good enough for me!
He gave us a little bit of everything at this show – we got some ‘Boot Scootin Boogie’, and a ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. There were a lot of our country favorites coming from the stage that night, and there were also some from the new album. Sometimes when Dan sings, you catch a little bit of the artist he’s covering, it’s almost like he’s getting into character. But, you never forget it’s Dan! He did a great job with Zac Brown’s “Chicken Fried”.
I would have liked Dan to put a head shot on the cover, but he has very nice one on the back of this CD jacket. Here are the nine songs you will find on the new CD: Kick my Dreams into Gear; She Put the song back in my Heart; Hypocrite; Just Look Up to the Clouds; Summertime Type of Girl; She’s a little Bi-Polar (But I LIke Her Anyway); Hot to the Touch, The Perfect Girl, and There’s a Possum Loose in Heaven.
“There’s a Possum Loose in Heaven” is obviously about George Jones. I think most Jones fans will appreciate the story this song tells. There are so many of our great country artists making their home in Heaven now, and a lot of them get mentioned in this song.
I had a few favorites among the nine songs on this CD. I really liked Hot to the Touch – a slow, dance-able song, with a great melody. With a title like that, you can pretty much guess it’s going to be about lost love. ‘I try my best to be strong, never knew I’d miss you this much, the loves you miss the most leave you still hot to the touch’. seems like anyone who ever left one get away will be able to identify with these lyrics.
I’m glad he put “She’s a Little Bi-Polar (But I Like Her Anyway), on the album. I think it tells you a little bit about Dan’s personality. It’s one of those cute songs, that probably won’t ever be a number one hit on the radio, but it is also one of those cute songs that will most likely have you singing along after you’ve heard it a time or two.
“The Perfect Girl” is probably my favorite. I’d put this one in the mid-tempo category. I think it’s lyrically the most country on the album, and Dan sings it really well.
Dan Deel puts on a great live show. Most of the time, you will hear people talk about how much better the recorded song is than the live one. I can’t say that about Dan. He is not the strongest vocalist I’ve ever heard. His vocals are good, his music is great, his stage presence is fantastic. He’s the kind of artist that I could see being named Entertainer of the Year, but not Male Vocalist of the Year. That’s not an insult. It is simply saying that he is better at entertaining and live performances, than he is at singing on tape. But that’s just my opinion. I definitely plan on seeing Dan on stage every chance I get – and I have his CD to pop in my player any time I want to hear Just Look Up to the Clouds, or The Perfect Girl. I’m just very glad that we still have a few country artists out there, and I’m really glad that I get to see some of them on stage fairly often.
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