Our News ItemsIn Honor of Joe South - Thursday, September 6, 2012
The great Joe South left the planet on September 5, 2012. Joe was a popular music genius of the first order: he wrote, produced and performed some of the finest recordings of the 60's and 70's. In doing so, he inspired me and millions of others. It was my great privilege and joy to record Joe, in the early 80's in Nashville, performing a song I wrote titled "Shining." †He even played his famous sitar/guitar on the track. He was an amazing person, on many levels.
We will miss you, Joe. †Thanks for the soulful, tuneful, meaningful and powerful music you gave us.
Here's the song.
In Honor of Levi Sims - Monday, March 19, 2012
I lost a friend and the world lost a great talent on March 12, 2012 when Levi Sims passed away after a life-long struggle with cystic fibrosis. Levi was a musical prodigy and by the time he was ten years old, he was opening for Mel Tillis in Branson, playing up to 300 shows a year. As a teenager, Levi moved to Nashville to pursue his dream. Wilbur Rimes introduced me to Levi and thus began a fifteen year relationship. We shared a love for traditional country music and for great songs. I was fortunate that Levi recorded several of my songs, and though none were radio hits, I treasure each and every one. Levi was a great talent, but he was also a great person. Honest, loyal, hard working, humble and a person of faith. He knew he didnít have long in this world and he did not waste his time on trivialities. Below is a link to one of my songs Levi recorded. I co-wrote "Please" with the late Carson Whitsett and the track was produced by Wilbur Rimes.
Music Is Magic - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I have released via cdbaby my recording of a song I wrote titled Music Is Magic. At a time when it's becoming harder and harder for music creators to earn a living, I want to remind my listeners not to take music for granted. The high quality of popular music we have enjoyed for many decades is dependent on the ability of serious, committed artists to support themselves with their music. Please support the artists you enjoy by actually buying their music, in whatever form you prefer. This track was produced by Joe and Marc Pisapia. Tony Crow added piano.
Lots of Happy Christmas viewers - Tuesday, January 05, 2011
We're pleased to announce that happychristmassong.com welcomed over 250,000 visitors in December, 2010, double our traffic from the year before! The site recorded over 1.5 million hits in the same period.
Grassroots Grammy nomination - Thursday, July 09, 2009
Dan's song "Whenever I'm Alone With You" (co-written with Larry Byrom) has bee nominated as Best Jazz Vocal song in the biggest song competition in the world - Just Plain Folks, a joint venture with cdbaby.com.
Over 560,000 songs were submitted in 70 categories from around the world. Dan's song is one of 20 in it's category. The song is included on Dan's CD "True Blue" which was produced by Joe Pisapia (Guster). The awards show will be in Nashville in August. Here's a link www.jpfolks.com/index.
Jonell Mosser - The Light in Your Eyes -
One of Nashville's greatest singers, Jonell Mosser, has included Dan's song "The Light In Your Eyes" on her new CD, "Trust Yourself." Released on the Better Angels label, Jonell covers other great writers like Bob Dylan and Harlan Howard, besides including her own compositions. Check it out here.
Candi Staton - The Light in Your Eyes - Saturday, April 11, 2009
Following the success of her recording of Dan's song "When Will I?" (see below), Candi Staton recorded Dan's song "The Light In Your Eyes" for her latest album on Honest Jons/EMI, "Who's Hurting Now?" The album was released in February, 2009, across Europe and is slated to be released in the Canada in May, 2009!
Bluebird Gig - Thursday, October 16, 2008
On Thursday, Nov. 20, Dan will perform a 6 p.m. Writer's In The Round show at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe.
The Family That Preys - Monday, August 18, 2008
Dan's song, When Will I, as recorded by Candi Staton, will be featured in the new Tyler Perry file, The Family That Preys. ¬†The film is set for a nationwide release September 12, 2008, and stars Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates.
Click Here for the movie's website.
"To Life" Sets Record for Eddy Arnold - Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The great Eddy Arnold recorded Dan's song "To Life" twice toward the end of his career. In 2000, he recorded the song for Curb Records. Then, 2005, he recorded "To Life" again for his last project, an RCA album titled "After All These Years" which was produced by Jack Clement and Jim Malloy, legends in their own right.
RCA had planned to release "To Life" on Eddy's 90th birthday which was May 15, 2008. Unfortunately, Mr. Arnold died a week before the release. RCA went ahead with the release and promoted it as a tribute to Arnold's remarkable career.
For the week of May 23rd, "To Life" entered the Billboard country single charts at #49, making Eddy Arnold the only country artist to have charted singles in seven decades.
Click here for the discography page. "To Life" is mid-way down.
"Dear World" Project - Monday, May 07, 2007
Dan's composition and recording "I Am the River" is featured on a new 2 CD collection titled "Dear World - Words and Music for Peace and the Environment." Compiled by Thurston Moore and Tony Gerber, the set also includes recordings by Gladys Knight, John Denver, Olivia Newton John, Melanie, Billy Edd Wheeler, the Kingston Trio and other fine performers.
Interspersed with the songs are spoken word passages written by luminaries such as Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, James Madsion and Albert Schweitzer, whose philosophy of "reverence for life" inspired the project.
For more information,please visit http://tennesseeplayers.org/.