FESTIVALS this year:
HIGHLIGHTS from 2009 tour schedule:
Dana Hubbard is a warm and engaging personality on stage, singing, telling stories, and playing both guitar and harmonica at exceptional level! 2010 is headed toward another award winning year. In 2009 he was selected as a finalist in four national songwriter showcase competitions and two national acoustic blues competitions in which he garnered two 1st place wins!! He performed as a song competition finalist at Wildflower Festival in Texas, Mountain Music Festival in Utah and Tucson Folk Festival in Arizona, and was a finalist select at the West Virginia Appalachian Blues Competition. His CD, The Grounds Keepers, was included in the “Best of 2008” new releases list on 90FM WWSP’s Acoustic Revival show.
Highlights from Dana’s touring in 2008:
Dana has shared the bill and opened for: Sam Bush – Little Feat – Devil Makes Three – Albert King – Charlie Musselwhite – Chris Isaak – David Bromberg – David Lindley – David Wilcox – Etta James – Greg Allman – James Cotton – Joe Ely – Louis Walker – John Hammond – Johnny A – Jorma Kaukonen – Junior Walker – Norton Buffalo – Peter Wolf – Robert Cray – Roy Rogers – Sam & Dave
Born and raised on the Central Coast of California, he attended UC Santa Cruz only long enough to finish an elective course on country blues before he hit the road and never looked back. With his acoustic guitar, he busked the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco. He eventually put together his own band, The Delta Twisters which he led for over a decade in the burgeoning Blues scene playing clubs, juke-joints, biker-bars.
By the time Dana moved on to bigger venues and theatres, the guitar in hand had become electric and he began sharing the stage with legends like Albert King, James Cotton and Etta James and opening shows for artists like Greg Allman, Chris Isaak and Robert Cray. All this performance experience culminated in his first CD release, “Tummy Lust” which showcases his impressive guitar skills as well as his songwriting ability.
Dana returned to the acoustic guitar as his instrument of choice with the release of his second CD “Livin’ Live”. What Dana does with the guitar, using only his hands is amazing to watch and a joy to listen to. You hear the bass and the back beat rhythm along with the melody and chords. If you look around for his backup guitar, you won’t find one. This is Dana, performing solo.
On his latest CD “The Grounds Keepers” each track is a single guitar performance with no overdubs, no re-makes. What you hear is a singer/songwriter front and center, addressing issues of environmentalism and social injustice in a voice that sometimes growls, sometimes lilts or laughs, but always with a twinkle in his eye. He has a social activist soul with a bluesman’s grin.