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Dan Israel

"On this record, Israel mostly does his thing, and he does it extremely well.  Very few musicians can keep making records this catchy and vital-sounding as they get into middle age, but Israel has again proved he's evergreen.  No reason to think he won't still be here 20 years from now, doing exactly this. Here's hoping." - Duluth News-Tribune

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Few songwriters are capable of coming up with such catchy melodies with such ease, and his sonic approach – somewhere between rootsy folk rock and winsome power pop – fits his plainspoken singing and (mostly) personal lyrics like the perfect sock. Whether he’s rocking out, as on “Set Each Other Free,” “The Hang of It” or the title track, laying back for a more intimate sound, as on “How Do I?” or “Drove So Far,” or doing both at once with the two part New York medley, comprised of “I’m in New York” and “Taking the Fall,” Israel makes it sound almost criminally easy – yet, given the emotions on display when he sings, it no doubt was not.” - Michael Toland

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Dan Israel wants you to hear his new music - Seriously.

Dan and his band, drummer David J. Russ, bassist Mike Lane, and guitar wizard Steve Brantseg (Suburbs, Bash and Pop, Phones) traveled up to Rich Mattson’s Sparta Sound on Minnesota’s Iron Range (where Dan’s Mom is from) in November 2021 to lay down basic tracks. Back in Minneapolis, at Dave

Dan Israel wants you to hear his new music - Seriously.

Dan and his band, drummer David J. Russ, bassist Mike Lane, and guitar wizard Steve Brantseg (Suburbs, Bash and Pop, Phones) traveled up to Rich Mattson’s Sparta Sound on Minnesota’s Iron Range (where Dan’s Mom is from) in November 2021 to lay down basic tracks. Back in Minneapolis, at Dave Russ’ It’s a Secret, bold textures were added by John Eller (Shiny Lights, Zeppo) and Peter J. Sands (Honeydogs, Turn! Turn! Turn!) on keys, and Katie Gearty (Sunshine Committee) and Colleen Martin-Oake (Lolo’s Ghost) on vocals. All that, and Seriously features striking cover art by renowned Minnesota artist Laura Bennett.

After the “Use Your Illusion”-like dual album success of 2019’s “Social Media Anxiety Disorder” and 2020’s “Social Distance Anxiety Disorder,” a new batch of powerful songs emerged, fueled by seasonal change, desire for escapism, and true love. Seriously explores themes like you wouldn’t even believe.

Seriously offers up pointed and poignant commentary for troubled minds in troubled times - both personal and political - with hooks aplenty and some surprising turns and twists. It meets at the intersection of Israel’s Petty/Costello/Rafferty influence alchemy and Brantseg’s stunning “Mick Ronson meets Mike Campbell” guitar work.

Have you really LISTENED to a Dan album lately? Perhaps a record by Dan Fogelberg? Maybe a Steely Dan CD? Perchance a Daniel Johnston cassette? You’ve seen those other Dans, and yes, they’re great. But now it’s time you hear Dan Israel - Seriously.

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Shows

Date Event Location
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Taco JED in Rochester, MN Taco JED, Rochester, MN 55904 Taco JED, Rochester, MN 55904
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Flying Dutchman Spirits in Eden Prairie Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Dan Israel opens for Tommy Bentz and his band and then plays some songs with them for the annual birthday show for Tommy's b-day and George Harrison's b-day where we do Harrison/Dylan songs together Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis, MN 55406 Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis, MN 55406
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at LTD Brewing in downtown Hopkins LTD Brewing, Hopkins, MN 55343 LTD Brewing, Hopkins, MN 55343
 —  — Dan Israel plays on his BIRTHDAY at Hell's Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis from 6-9 pm Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis, MN 55402 Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis, MN 55402
 —  — Dan Israel and his full band open for Edie Rae and the Blaze Kings at the Schooner Tavern in Minneapolis Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis, MN 55406 Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis, MN 55406
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Imminent Brewing in Northfield, MN Imminent Brewing, Northfield, MN 55057 Imminent Brewing, Northfield, MN 55057
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at 212 Tavern in Cologne, MN (only 30 minutes away) from 8 pm to 11 pm 212 Tavern, Cologne, MN 55322 212 Tavern, Cologne, MN 55322
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Foremost Brewing in Owatonna, MN Foremost Brewing, Owatonna, MN 55060 Foremost Brewing, Owatonna, MN 55060
Dan Israel and Steve Brantseg duo show at Carbone's in south Minneapolis Carbone's Pizza, Minneapolis, MN 55407 Carbone's Pizza, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Dan Israel plays with "Stage Fright: A Tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band" (Dan plays Bob Dylan songs) at the Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis Hook and Ladder Theater, Minneapolis, MN 55406 Hook and Ladder Theater, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Dan Israel plays solo at the Hallberg Center for the Arts in Wyoming, MN Hallberg Center for the Arts, Wyoming, MN 55092 Hallberg Center for the Arts, Wyoming, MN 55092
Dan Israel plays an early (6-8 pm) duo show with percussionist Mikkel Beckmen at the 331 Club in Northeast Minneapolis 331 Club, Minneapolis, MN 55413 331 Club, Minneapolis, MN 55413
 —  — Dan Israel and percussionist Mikkel Beckmen on Paul Durkee's front lawn in St. Paul (1386 Grantham Street, St. Paul, MN) Paul Durkee's "Music on the Front Lawn" at 1386 Grantham Street, St. Paul, MN 55108, St. Paul, MN 55108 Paul Durkee's "Music on the Front Lawn" at 1386 Grantham Street, St. Paul, MN 55108, St. Paul, MN 55108
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Steel Toe Brewing in St. Louis Park (first time ever performing there!) Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Flying Dutchman Spirits in Eden Prairie Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Badger Hill Brewing in Shakopee, MN from 7 pm to 10 pm Badger Hill Brewing, Shakopee, MN 55379 Badger Hill Brewing, Shakopee, MN 55379
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Gambit Brewing Co. in St. Paul from 7 pm to 10 pm Gambit Brewing Co. , St. Paul, MN 55101 Gambit Brewing Co. , St. Paul, MN 55101
Dan Israel and his full band (featuring guest drummer Andy Deckard) open for Annie and the Bang Bang at the Schooner Tavern! Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis, MN 55406 Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis, MN 55406
 —  — Dan Israel plays solo at Flying Dutchman Spirits in Eden Prairie Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Flying Dutchman Spirits, Eden Prairie, MN 55344