Dan grew up and still lives in Pawling, that is, when he’s not on the road gracing the multitudes with his incredible skill on the acoustic guitar.
“Dan Lavoie’s unique guitar style began at the age of 12 in his hometown of Pawling, NY. His biggest influence at that point was his older brother Mikie. Dan would flip his brother’s right handed guitar upside down like Jimmy Hendrix and play left handed. For several years Lavoie dove deep into the music of Jimmy Hendrix, Metallica, Phish, Chet Atkins, Jerry Garcia, Eddie Van Halen and many other artists having a big impact on his soloing techniques. After performing in many bands ranging from rock, funk/jam and metal, Lavoie enrolled in the Music Performance Program at Dutchess Community College receiving his MPC with Honors studying with classical guitarist Jeff Armstrong and was accepted to Berklee College of Music. In 2001 Dan decided to go solo and began recording his first instrumental album Little Noodles. He continued writing solo pieces throughout the years but began crafting songs about his life experiences. He traveled with a former bandmate of Makeshift Mountains performing around Europe in 2007.” (Section of Dan’s bio at his Facebook page)
In December 2010, Dan released To the Water’s Edge, a sprawling work comprised of bluesy, yet quick, uplifting, yet serious songs, written after Dan had undergone relationship problems. “In that time when things didn’t work out, I moved back to New York and I started to really take things seriously. Then I realized I had a lot to offer with my music,” he said in an interview June 17.
Dan has an East Coast tour set up for July into August. Check out the tour dates here.
Zach Silva’s Interview with Dan Lavoie
Live at the Pawling Towne Crier