Alright, you knew it would come down to this. At some point, I had to weigh in on my favorite songs by nephew Dan and his musical soulmate, Pat. A few of you might have come here expecting a highly objective and enlightened appraisal of the band’s growing catalog. But the rest of our readers know this is all about ME, the blues-snob uncle… so you can thank me in advance for living up to your low expectations.
Let’s kick this off with a bonus track, from Dan’s pre-Keys album with his band The Barnburners, featuring Kip Amore (“Johnny Belvedere”) on bass and Jason Edwards (“Del Fuego”) on drums. I sat in with this band on several occasions during their regular Thursday night gigs at Akron’s North Side Grill, circa 2000. At the time, a lot of the choice weekend gigs went to the rock ‘n soul band that kept me busy for about seven years – The Wanda Hunt Band (Dan’s first live performance was during one of our breaks). Meanwhile, The Barnburners were drawing 40-50 people on a good night, and about five friends and relatives on a lot of other nights (a typical Thursday night crowd for my current band).