The last couple of years have been tumultuous for Collin Daniels. At the start, his punk rock band embarked on their third US tour. It was their biggest success to date, with the group playing the best live shows of their career and crowds growing in every town. However, the band members were unable to agree on a future direction for the band and decided to call it quits. At the same time, Daniels' long-term relationship with his artist girlfriend ended.
The dual loss took its toll on Daniels. But true to his never-say-die punk spirit, he put his belongings in storage, traded in his Brooklyn apartment for a used tango red Honda Civic, and hit the road with little other than his guitar and a bunch of
From New York to San Francisco, Daniels played self-promoted solo shows, sometimes even showing up unannounced at an open mic night, persuading the organizers to let him play a few more songs than the two or three normally allowed. Daniels gained strength and courage in his abilities as a solo songwriter and performer as music-lovers across the U.S. praised his live performances. Finally, in Northern California, after weeks of wearing the many hats of driver, booking agent, tour manager and performer, Daniels packed his guitar away in the trunk of his car and spent the rest of the trip breathing in the sights and sounds of America.
Returning to his adopted home of New York City, brimming with inspiration from the trip, Daniels delved deep into his own emotional well, and hooked up in the studio with an impressive group of his musical friends from throughout the northeast.
The result, his debut solo LP Just Keep Goin', showcases the broad range of his influences and abilities, from stripped-down, bare-all folk, to sincere-yet-undeniably catchy pop, to gritty, dirty punk. On these eight tracks, Daniels weaves a unique musical tapestry of the heart, soul and mind, and establishes himself as an important voice all on his own.
This album is lovingly dedicated to Joann Frank of Covington, Kentucky, who graced me and so many others with her light and joy in her time here. She now lights the way for us from her new home of peace, love and hope.
released 17 April 2012
Collin Daniels - Music*, Lyrics*, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar (*Except Track (1), Music by Collin Daniels & Scott Holcomb; Track (6), Lyrics by Collin Daniels & Corynne Wilder); Scott Holcomb - Acoustic Guitar (1,3), Electric Guitar (1,2,4,5,6,7), Back-up Vocals (1); Julia Pyzik - Back-up Vocals (2,3); Clara Kebabian - Violin (1); Lawrence Ochs - Lap Steel Guitar (1); Martin Newman - Electric Guitar (1), Bass (6,7); Matt Kaskela - Bass (1,2,4); Vin Commisso - Drums (1,2,4); Mickey Vershbow - Drums (6,7); Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at House Of Love, Brooklyn, NY; Instrumental Tracks for Track (5) Recorded at M3 Produktions, Woodside, NY; All tracks except (5) Recorded & Engineered by Ian Love; Track (5) Recorded & Engineered by Matt Kaskela & Ian Love; All Tracks Mixed by Collin Daniels & Ian Love; All Mastering by Ian Love; HUGE thanks to Corynne Wilder for Her Generous Assistance; Produced by Collin Daniels & Ian Love; ©2012 Collin Daniels Music, All Rights Reserved.
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