Dan Hubbard

Dan Hubbard

Americana singer-songwriter from the Midwest influenced by Tom Petty, Wilco, Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell.

Bloomington, Illinois-based songwriter Dan Hubbard has been cultivating a Midwestern rock n’ roll sound for over a decade.

Until now.

Starting with his first album under the name The Hubbards in 2003, through to 2011’s The Love Show with his band, The Humadors, Hubbard never felt the urge to change things up, but when he did, he had to make some big choices.

“Everyone had their reasons for wanting to end the band, but changing my sound, which was something I never cared about before, was my reason,” Hubbard says. It was a precarious move for an artist who had already built a small, but devoted fan base.

The risk paid off.

Hubbard’s upcoming, naturally self-titled, solo album (out Feb. 5th) is all the proof that’s needed. Where the Humadors rocked, and rocked very well, Hubbard’s new songs, and his performance of them, sound less rave-up and more settled in – real, relatable, roots-driven music that sticks.

“This record came about because of two producers,” Hubbard explains. Working with outside help for the first time, Hubbard first established a long-distance correspondence with Ryan Ulyate, who has worked with Tom Petty for most of the last decade. “He suggested that I try telling more stories in my songs instead of always writing from my perspective,” Hubbard remembers. “So I did exactly that.”

Armed with a batch of some of the best songs he’d written in his life, Hubbard then headed to Nashville to work with producer Ken Coomer, a co-founder of Wilco and a three-time Grammy nominee.

“Ken played drums on Wilco’s Being There and Summerteeth albums – two of my favorite records of all time,” Hubbard exclaims of this dream-come-true scenario. Coomer brought in a who’s who of local talent to round out Hubbard’s studio band, including Dave Roe (long-time bassist with Johnny Cash), Adam Ollendorff (guitarist with Kacey Musgraves), and Tyson Rogers (pianist with Don Williams). Of course, Coomer himself joined in behind the drums.

“I just looked up to the sky and said ‘thank you’,” Hubbard says. “I was a little nervous about becoming a ‘solo artist’ – it was a little like starting over – but all of these great experiences helped me feel that I’d made the right decision.”

Hubbard left Nashville feeling that he’d given all he had to give.

“I know it’s the best thing I’ve done,” he says of the album. “So, I hope a lot of people enjoy it.”

There is certainly much to enjoy on Dan Hubbard. Ulyate’s suggestion that Hubbard adopt more of a storytelling style works throughout the album, involving the listener in the lives of the people that Hubbard sings about, people that are already a part of his world, that now become part of ours.

One featured example is “The Turning Point,” about a 22-year-old killed by a drunk driver in Hubbard’s hometown.

“I knew his family, and everyone loved him and talked about what a good kid he was,” Hubbard says. As it turns out, the tune hits even closer to home when Hubbard continues on to explain that the song was also inspired by memories of his older brother who was lost to brain cancer at the age of twelve. “So, the song is kind of about both of them,” he says.

Another is the album’s opener and first single “February” which ushers in the record with the ominous lines “Out here on my own, Swear I don’t know what I will do, If you don’t answer your phone, There’ll be blood before the night is through.”

“February is my least favorite month of the year,” Hubbard notes of the foreboding lyrics in what is otherwise a pretty catchy tune. “I wrote it when I was really struggling. My wife was pregnant with our third child, and I was thinking, ‘How the hell are we gonna do this?’“

“Straw Hat” is producer Coomer’s favorite track on the record.

“Ken had a vision for that song that was pretty different from anything I'd done,” Hubbard says. “He didn't want me to make the same old singer-songwriter record, and encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone, particularly on ‘Straw Hat.’ I trusted him and it’s turned out to be one of my favorites as well.”

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Don't Want to Say Goodbye

Dan Hubbard

"Hubbard's tunes are beautiful, powerful and often seemingly effortless." - Independent Clauses

Since 2003, Illinois-based singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard has released seven albums and toured extensively through the Midwest and both coasts. In the process, he’s shared the stage with some of the industry’s top artists, built a strong fan base, become a refined songwriter and earned critical acclaim for his efforts. With his foundation in the classic sounds of Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Neil Young and Jackson Browne, Hubbard carries songs of love, loss and soul searching. Like the influential front-men before him, Hubbard delivers a message that people can relate to in good times and bad. Dan got his first taste of success when the release of his 2010 album See You Again received airplay on over 120 radio stations nationwide. His popularity continued to grow in 2011 when he and his band “The Humadors” released The Love Show. The album appeared on the Top 50 Roots Rock Chart and continues to receive national acclaim and radio play. Since the success of The Love Show, Dan has shared the stage with numerous national acts including Blues Traveler, Nikka Costa, Cory Chisel, Martin Sexton, Howie Day, David Mayfield Parade, Peter Case, The Apache Relay, Jack Ingram, Red Wanting Blue, Pokey LaFarge, Chris Knight, Michael Glabicki, Andrew Combs, and Matthew Curry. In 2015 Hubbard collaborated with Nashville producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) to record his 4th solo album. He is currently making plans for a 2016 album release and national tour.

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Livin' in the Heartland

Dan Hubbard

Americana singer-songwriter from the Midwest influenced by Tom Petty, Wilco, Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell

“Livin’ in the Heartland is a perfect title for this new collection of Dan Hubbard originals. In spite of the considerable craft and care that went into these songs, the net effect is like looking right into the middle of his Midwestern heart – and it’s a good, big one.” – Bruce Bergethon WGLT "Hubbard's tunes are beautiful, powerful and often seemingly effortless." - Independent Clauses “Dan Hubbard’s Livin’ In The Heartland is like sitting on the porch with a good friend talking about the good old times, the one that got away and how fast the kids are growing. It isn’t often a combination of acoustic singer/songwriter/Americana Roots (did I mention master on the harp) comes along and allows you to leave the complications of the real world behind and escape to a comfortable dimension of heartwarming reminiscence. It ultimately becomes a great getaway when you need it most.” – Nanobot Rock Reviews “Hubbard's vital country-tinged singer songwriting is worthy of hubbub, his lyrics as observant as the Hubble, and despite mellowness, his music rocks like a hobby horse.” – Roctober Reviews

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Live at the Castle Theater

Dan Hubbard and the Humadors

Live original rock'n roll from from this up-and-coming Midwestern act. "If you’re planning a trip to the heartland, keep an eye out for one of their shows – they look to be awfully rejuvenating." – San Diego Entertainer

"In an alternate universe, all country-rock is this vital and satisfying." - Oklahoma Gazette

"These are the songs that make you want to crank the volume and go for a drive. Just don’t set the iPod on repeat or you may never come back." - Twangville.com

"Nothing flashy here, just good American rock and roll." - Dagger Zine

"This one's worth seeking out" - In Tune Magazine

"a no-nonsense group that is a perfect compliment in a time in history that’s full of nonsense." - This is Book's Music

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The Love Show

Dan Hubbard and the Humadors

Smoking guitar licks, crisp country, blues overtones, high energy harmonies all over “The Love Show.” "In an alternate universe, all country-rock is this vital and satisfying." - Oklahoma Gazette

"These are the songs that make you want to crank the volume and go for a drive. Just don’t set the iPod on repeat or you may never come back." - Twangville.com

"Syrup-on-hot-oatmeal nice. If you’re planning a trip to the heartland, keep an eye out for one of their shows – they look to be awfully rejuvenating." – San Diego Entertainer

"Don’t let “The Love Show” pass you by. The music is only shown up by the lyrics." – Katie Darby Recommends

"Nothing flashy here, just good American rock and roll." - Dagger Zine

"The match of light fun music that also describes dark events is completely inappropriate while simultaneously perfect." - Secret Note

"This one's (The Love Show) worth seeking out" - In Tune Magazine

"a no-nonsense group that is a perfect compliment in a time in history that’s full of nonsense." - This is Book's Music

"There are several songs about people coping with life’s challenges on The Love Show, the latest collection of well-crafted Midwestern rock from Dan Hubbard & The Humadors. A husband consoles his wife about their economic woes on the acoustic “We’ll Be Fine,” while the guy in the rocking “Beautiful Bar” finds relief in a few beers. “Don’t Take Me Now” and “All I Want Is You” are prime examples of Hubbard’s gift for creating engaging love songs." - Illinois Entertainer

"Dan Hubbard’s approach is unadulterated roots rock without all the showy excess of today’s major label acts." - Power Popaholic

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Unreleased Material, Vol. 2

Dan Hubbard

My second compilation of songs that didn't make it on an album for one reason or another. This one features solo stuff, The Hubbards, The Hair Heads, and some early Humadors live performances. Enjoy!

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See You Again

Dan Hubbard

"I find Hubbard's songs working their way into my subconscious and showing up in my head unexpectedly in bright moments of harmony. This is See You Again's greatest strength — it stays with you." -Annie Weisner (SmilePolitely.com)

"We can identify with his lyrics, we move to his beat, and we’re glad to see that rock music is in good hands with Dan Hubbard and The Humadors!" - BlogCritics

"No hyphens or hype, invented categories or inverted genres, just a guy writing good songs with a fine band backing him up." -Illinois Times

"The professionalism and masterhood of Dan Hubbard is without any doubt present in this new album(See You Again)." -Rootstime.be

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Unreleased Material, Vol. 1

Dan Hubbard

My first compilation of songs that just didn't fit on an album for one reason or another. This one is mostly solo acoustic stuff. I'm still proud of them, and I hope you enjoy!

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Dan Hubbard And The Humadors

Dan Hubbard And The Humadors

This eponymous debut blends folk, country, blues, soul and funk with classic singer/songwriter hooks to startling effect. Heavily indebted to legendary artists Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison and Neil Young, Hubbard ranks alongside the likes of Ryan Adams as one of the finest contemporary country-rock front men. –R2 Magazine

"Dan Hubbard and the Humadors is a truly exceptional album that needs to be heard! The atmosphere is right and makes me long for Gruene Hall again, and the many gigs I saw there that sounded just like this album." –Mr. Blue Boogie (5 out of 5 stars)

"The music makes me happy, something breathing the Hollies and the Kinks and melodic rock. My walk into this album has only just begun, something in there is calling me." –Frank Ostergren, Rootsy.nu

"Dan Hubbard And The Humadors exude a workingman’s sensibility on a self-titled CD filled with easy-going rock songs about finding love and a purpose in life. Hubbard’s expressive vocals are appealing, and having three back-up vocalists results in some impressive harmonies. “You’re All I Need” provides some Buddy Holly-type fun and “Run For Our Lives” has a melodic country & western arrangement." –Illinois Entertainer

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