Dan Treanor & Jack Hadley
"Brothers, Blood & Bone"
Reviews & Bio
Colorado based Dan Treanor is one of the more individual and distinctive blues artists around with his Afrosippi blues. He plays some excellent blues-harp, but he is probably best-known for playing the blues on African instruments, recalling but in no way attempting to recreate the music’s roots – for a good example of his style and approach, check out his version of Billy Boy Arnold’s ‘Wish You Would’ on this, his third CD, very familiar in arrangement yet a little strange at the same time. Or try his take on Sonny Boy Williamson’s ‘Help Me’, which the inattentive listener may well fail to
recognize first time around. The title track recalls modern African music with its bright and fluid playing. And he can make you hear things afresh: “ah, a bit of down-home funk”, I thought as ‘You And Me’ started up with a guitar riff… but after a minute or two, I’m thinking “this sounds like King Sunny Ade, Nigerian juju music” – and it still sounds like funk mixed with blues!
Dan and his rhythm section are joined this time around by singer and former Otis Taylor lead guitarist Jack Hadley. Jack has an excellent, flexible voice – ditto his guitar style - and Otis Taylor is perhaps a good reference point, his droning ‘trance-blues’ not too dissimilar in places. Jack is responsible for the excellent, near blues-rocker ‘Deeper And Deeper’ too. It is good to note too that Dan and Jack are not afraid to be topical – take a listen to ‘The War’, and quite amazingly, and by a very simple but totally effective tactic, they bring Blind Lemon Jefferson’s ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean’ bang up to date.
I have enjoyed Dan’s previous two CDs very much – but to my mind (and ears) this is easily the best so far.
Review Courtesy Norman Darwen Blues Art Journal, February 2008
"...Love this one! Dan and Jack have created an exciting heartfelt
compilation that stirs emotions and leaves you feeling blues history, back
to it's roots. Jack Hadley's great guitar work and Dan's trademark harp
playing along with his "roots instruments" such as the Kahlam,
Ngoni, and Cane Flute (which have become familiar sounds in Dan's recent
work) perfectly complement each other.
The lyrics to all the songs tell a unique story. Make no mistakes folks,
this is the blues!... There are great contrasts, such as those between the
title track, "Brothers, Blood, and Bone," a refreshing tune of
harmony, and "The War," which laments the harsh realities we
live with in our world.
I enjoyed this CD from the beginning to the end and would strongly
recommend that you give it a listen.
Rick Carver - Holler (Bimonthly News of the Colorado Blues Scene, Colorado
About Dan Treanor
Veteran blues man Dan Treanor has been entertaining and thrilling audiences for over thirty five years. Dan has played his unique style of the blues all over the world. At times in his career Dan has played with Son Seals, Buddy Guy and Jr. Wells, Louisiana Red, George “Boogie” Daniels, Ronnie Boy Fruge’, Jimmy Carl Black, Frankie Lee, and the list goes on and on. Originally from the Southern Colorado town of Pueblo, Dan started playing the blues as a teenager and has been at it ever since. In 1969, while serving in the infantry in Viet Nam, Dan started playing the harmonica and has been blowing up a storm ever since. Today he is considered one of the top blues harp players in the business and has been a Hohner Harmonica endorsee for the last eleven years. Dan also plays guitar, dobro, banjo, bass, keyboards and cane flute.
Twelve years ago Dan started the Blues In The Schools Program for the Colorado Society. He has since presented his unique and entertaining program to over thirty five thousand kids, from elementary to college levels. A few years back he started to hand build African string instruments. Originally, these instruments were to be used in his Blues in the Schools presentations but they quickly made their way into Dan’s live blues show. A new and exciting style of blues began to emerge and blossom into the music Dan makes today. Afro beats, African string instruments, Delta and Chicago Blues grooves, lots of harp and guitar and soulful vocals - Afrosippi Blues.
In the fall of 2003 a call from a Denver booking agent put Dan and his band African Wind, together with R&B legend, Frankie Lee, to do a series of concerts in the Rocky Mountain area. Frankie Lee is a wonderful entertainer with a great voice and stage presence. While in Denver, Dan played Frankie some demos of songs he was working on. Frankie loved the sound so they went into the studio and created a CD. In April of 2004 at the W.C. Handy Awards, Dan and Frankie were signed by one of the top blues labels in the world - Northern Blues. The CD - “AFRICAN WIND” - was released in October, 2004 to much critical acclaim. It proved to be one of the freshest sounding blues CDs of the year as declared by the critics. It was nominated by the Independent Music Awards as the best Blues CD of the year for 2005. The title song, “African Wind”, made it to the finals of the 2005 International Songwriting Competition.
In early January, 2006, Dan and his band, African Wind, released a second CD - “MERCY“. “MERCY” was named Best Blues CD by Westword in 2006. It also was nominated for Blues CD of the year by the Independent Music Awards.
In September of 2007 Dan released a third CD in the ’afrosippi style’. This time he teamed up with the very talented Jack Hadley to once again step into the limelight with an innovative approach to the blues. The sound they have created is stripped down blues with an African feel that touches on bare-bones, Delta/North Mississippi hill country, raunchy style.
Dan has also teamed up with long time friend and musical partner, David Booker. They have created their vision of Arabian Blues meets the Delta, the Nile Delta. ’Moroccan’ Roll’ is what they call it.
Utilizing Middle Eastern scales, Delta Blues, Rock and Roll, R&B, afro beats, electric guitars, drum machines, loop stations, wah wahs, delays and outer space harp, and more pedals than the Tour De France, the two of them create a hugh sound that has to be heard to be believed. David Booker is a seasoned, polished musician and fine vocalist. Together, kickin’ and screamin’, they have dragged the blues into the 21st. Century. The future is now! Deal with it. ’MOROCCAN ROLL’.
Dan has also added his harp and dobro talents to several major film soundtracks - ’Dances With Wolves’, ’Glory’, ’Gettysburg’, ’How The West Was Lost’, and numerous PBS specials. He has played as a session musician on over 150 recording sessions and has recorded with Johnny Paycheck, Crystal Gayle, David Booker, Son Seals.
About The Jack Hadley Band
Jack Hadley is a highly-regarded performer, songwriter and band leader. His unique style of playing is a sonic rainbow of jazz, fusion, blues and rock. He has performed at blues festivals and clubs all over the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. Jack has shared the stage with musicians like The Kinsey Report, Billy Rich and Pato Banton. The former Otis Taylor lead guitarist has performed at the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, the Ottawa Blues Festival and performed live on the BBC in London. Hadley backed up Charlie Musselwhite at the Boulder Theater and recorded with him on the 2007 Otis Taylor release “Definition of a Circle”. In November 2006 he recorded two songs with Steve McQuarry at the legendary Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco including the revolutionary track "You & Me". The fall of 2007 marked the beginning of a new project with blues veteran Dan Treanor. "Brothers Blood & Bone" is a fresh look at the blues today that includes new songs from Treanor and Hadley along with reinterpretations of classics from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sonny Boy Williamson and Walter "Billy Boy" Arnold. Hadley’s 2005 self-produced effort, “Never Too Late”, is available now. Jack's
follow-up solo CD will be released in early 2008.
Dan Treanor and Jack Hadley laying down some 'afrosippi blues' at
the Crossroads Theater in Denver.
"It's A Blues Thing" from their CD - BROTHERS, BLOOD & BONE.