Dylan Thomas Vance
Raised alternately in Yellowstone National Park and on a remote cattle ranch in Montana's Cinnabar Basin, lap steel slide guitarist, singer and songwriter Dylan-Thomas Vance brings an open-country pioneering spirit to his music which incorporates his extensive knowledge of jazz with elements of country blues, roots, folk, and Americana.
A prolific songwriter, Dylan's engaging performances and debut solo release combined with heavy touring began to yield national attention in 2003. Shortly after Vance's 2002 debut solo release, Cowboy Soul and Country Blues Vol. 1 was picked up for national distribution by Burnside Distribution, Vance was voted the region's best unsigned blues artist by The Cascade Blues Association (www.cascadeblues.org). Dylan went on to become one of just over 50 artists culled from more than a thousand blues acts in 24 countries to compete in the prestigious 2003 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. While on a tour that took Dylan from his home-town of Portland, Oregon to legendary blues clubs in Kansas City and along Beale Street, Dylan's song "Old Man Devil" was picked up by the syndicated radio show, Blues Deluxe and aired on over 100 stations across the country. By the time the August/September 2003 issue of the world's largest blues publication, Blues Revue hit the stands with a commendation of Cowboy Soul and Country Blues Vol. 1 which stated, "Vance's starkly arranged compositions draw the curious ever closer... and his slide guitar playing is innovative"... Vance was already wrapping up production on his second solo release, Bittersweet.
On Bittersweet (release date October 18, 2003), Dylan digs deeply into his musical heritage and emerges with his most personal expression to date. While he embraces a more traditional Americana/roots sound on Bittersweet, Dylan's years of jazz training remain subtly apparent, as does his love of the blues. Bittersweet shows Dylan to be an artist matured, one who has honed his vocal and song writing skills and become the master of his own style on lap steel slide guitar.
Along with his successful solo career and monthly touring that has taken him to 10 different states in 2003 alone, Dylan has several other exciting new projects and releases in the works. The multi-genre quartet of Dylan, Jeremy Wilson (formerly with Pilot and The Dharma Bums), Allen Hunter, and Derek Brown (currently with The Baseboard Heaters) will be releasing their first album early in 2004. Additionally, Dylan can be seen regularly in Portland fronting the rip-roaring whisky-soaked rockin' gospel-blues band The Powerhouse Revival, with whom Vance also plans to record an album. Also scheduled for release in 2004 is a live recording of Dylan's weekly performances at Biddy McGraw's with Powerhouse Revival fiddler Griff Bear.
kind of music perfect for nursing a drink and imagining life on a high
blues played with little fanfare and plenty of finesse."
richly versatile and occasionally transcendent."