Dan Wilson tour dates:
On the Hotel CafÃ© tour:
Apr 1 2008 Record Bar Kansas City, Missouri
Apr 3 2008 Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado
Apr 4 2008 Bluebird Theatre Denver, Colorado
Apr 5 2008 Avalon Theatre Salt Lake City, Utah
Supporting Kathleen Edwards
Apr 10 2008 The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza New York, New York
Apr 11 2008 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, Maryland
Apr 12 2008 The Fillmore @ Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, Penn.
Apr 14 2008 Birchmere Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 16 2008 Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall Asheville, North Carolina
Apr 17 2008 Headliners Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
Apr 18 2008 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham, Alabama
Apr 19 2008 Mercy Lounge Nashville, Tennessee
Free Life Streaming Audio Links:
Now working as a solo artist and collaborating with a collective of notable musicians from his home city of Minneapolis, Wilson earned a Song of the Year GrammyÂ® in 2007 for his co-writing work on the Dixie Chicks’ Not Ready To Make Nice from the album Taking the Long Way. He also contributed writing to six songs on the album, which won the Dixie Chicks a total of five GrammyÂ® Awards including Album Of The Year and Country Album Of The Year. Wilson has also collaborated with such acclaimed artists as Mike Doughty, Rachael Yamagata, Jewel, Jason Mraz and others.
Wilsonâ€™s first solo effort, Free Life began as a self-produced project in the Twin Cities and was finished in Los Angeles by Wilson and Rubin, who enthusiastically agreed to help complete the record, saying of Wilson, â€œDanâ€™s music touches my soul. He is/has the perfect combination of inspiration and songcraft. He is a timeless artist whose music will feel as good in 50 years as it does today.â€
The album features contributions by renowned artists from the worlds of pop, rock, country and bluegrass. Sheryl Crow provides harmony vocals on â€œSugar,â€ Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) plays the finger picked acoustic guitar on â€œFree Lifeâ€ and Gary Louris (The Jayhawks) contributes a guitar solo on â€œCry.â€ Furthermore, Eric Fawcett (N.E.R.D.) plays drums on a number of tracks and Benmont Tench (The Heartbreakers) provides piano on â€œAgainst Historyâ€ and several others.
Wilson wrote the songs that would become Free Life while living in a house built in 1903, infusing the tracks with the spirit of their surroundings. Inspired by sheet music Wilson purchased at antique stores and a Neil Young biography emphasizing his insistence on live recording, the more open and unpredictable Free Life expands upon the more structured arrangements of Wilsonâ€™s previous work.
Following his tenure with Trip Shakespeare, Wilson rose to prominence as a founding member of the Minneapolis-based trio Semisonic. The band released its full-length debut Great Divide in 1996 and was launched to stardom with its second album, 1998â€™s Feeling Strangely Fine. The record produced the hit single Closing Time which reached number one on Modern Rock charts, and number nine on the Billboard Top 40 charts.