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Dane Drewis’ 2010 solo debut “Rock and Soul” is both incendiary and nostalgic, combining the melodic feel of Motown and classic 70’s rock with a vocal style that is described as a mix of Bruno Mars, John Mayer, and Jack Johnson.
As the front man for Cuesta Drive for six years, Dane has developed a commanding stage presence and an exceptional ability to get a crowd on its feet. Born into a family of rock musicians, his guitar playing is reminiscent of the greats—Santana, Jimmy Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughn—with influences from later artists such as Sublime and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At once intimate and inclusive, Dane’s music has “…the power and hook to send half-smoked cigarettes hurling to the ground while their owners leave behind the hot summer night and dash into the bar to join the party” (Chico News & Review). His shows have been described as a “must-attend event” (Sac Press), and the melodies as “…original and unexpected, unlike anything else on the airwaves these days” (Evolution of Media).
After forming Cuesta Drive in college, Dane went on to write and compose three albums with the band before embarking on his solo project. His songs have been placed in ads for Google and YouTube as well as various film and TV spots. Led by Dane, “Rock and Soul” features the rest of the Drewis family—sisters Janel and Deena Drewis on backup vocals, guitars, keyboards and percussion, and his parents, Dale and Janet Drewis, on bass and vocal harmonies, respectively. The Dane Drewis band is currently touring to promote the new release with Dale Drewis on bass/vocals and Jason Weed on the drums.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Justin Dzuban was born in the suburb of Delaware, Ohio, twenty miles north of the city of Columbus. He has been playing music his whole life, starting in elementary school with the violin. “I decided to move to trumpet for three years,” Dzuban remembers, “and then at age 13, I picked up the guitar?self-taught.” His first guitar, a Vantage model, was purchased from a buddy for $40.00. “I started with it,” Justin recalls, “and then came a performance in high school where I worked with a vocalist. The first tune we played was ‘Dumb’ by Nirvana. I loved the unplugged stuff Nirvana did. The next year, from the same MTV show where Nirvana recorded, we covered their version of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Saved the World.’” Dzuban grew up with a wide range of musical influences, including Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, and drawing from iconic musical acts of the ‘50s and early ’60s. When he started playing guitar, he was initially more into blues-based music than the songs he is recording in 2010, favoring the music of Jimi Hendrix, BB King, and early Rolling Stones. “I was doing some instrumentals,” he offers, "and playing in some bands, all covers at the time. “I was attracted to the guitar-driven kind of stuff, and although I played in a cover band in my early twenties, I soon got sick of it. Eventually, I met a guy who had a recording studio. He told me, ‘if you ever have any original sets, I’d love to record them for you.’ About the time I quit that band, I was laid off from my job in the print room of an engineering company, and I started writing songs. “For two months, the studio owner, Chuck Crosby, allowed me thirty hours a week, free. We actually still keep in contact now, many years later. It was a pivotal point in my life,” Dzuban admits. “It was a basement studio. Much different, compared to ProTools and what is out there now. Hard disc recording, and a great experience. I literally started writing on the spot. Five songs. The first was called ‘Clouds,’ and it was actually co-written with Josh Jeffers, who is now the executive producer on this planned debut album in 2010. Josh has been a long time supporter of my work.” Before his latest studio recording project, Dzuban first learned the recording process. “I liked being in the studio. It taught me discipline. I had all the time in the world to work on these tracks, so I recorded multiple takes. I was able to do a lot of listening to myself, and at the same time to be influenced by others. I started playing more acoustic guitar. Then I heard guitarist Wes Montgomery, and was able to study and appreciate his band, the grooves, the Latin kind of thing goin’ on. The guitar playing was smooth and effortless, a very unique sound, a whole new world.” During this whole time, Dzuban was also performing live in Ohio, playing acoustic sets around the Columbus area. “It was the best experience of my life, as far as my development as a performer goes,” he acknowledges. “I had a gig at this bar, BW3. I played a four-hour set there every Friday for a year. I literally logged some forty-eight shows and had a very cool crowd. At least thirty people a week. I was just 21. I learned a lot in that residency. At that point, through performing that much, I got to be really comfortable in front of anybody, a great point for me. Most of my sets were ad lib. So now, I can play a six-hour set. It showed me I could play music in front of people, the concept of playing for an audience that wants to listen. At the same time I also started doing some original stuff with a group.”
Born and raised in the blue collar Mississippi River communities of Western Wisconsin, Nick Shattuck adapted a bare bones, blues influenced honesty in his singing and songwriting from the start. Relocating to Southern California in the fall of 2011 with a bag full of folk/soul songs that liken him to a pleasant combination of Ray LaMontagne and John Mayer, Nick has quickly made a name for himself in the cut throat singer/songwriter community of L.A. With his new EP, "Up Late, Dreaming" in hand, Nick has spent the last year building his rapidly growing fan base while supporting such talented acts as Eddie Money, Meiko, Tyler Hilton, Mark Ballas, and Josh Krajik. While he now calls Southern California home, Nick continues to use his inspiration from the Midwest to write songs from the soul, intimate and often emotional depictions of his day to day encounters and experiences.