Covers, Blankets, and Afghans (Volume 1)

Dan Darrah

A beautiful, intimate acoustic record for all ages to chill to. Wonderfully unique renditions of Sinatra, Wham, Guns and Roses, Roy Orbison, Marty Casey and the Lovehammers as well as a few original songs from Dan's new perspective as a "Daddy".

During the last 10 years, Darrah has shared the stage with Guster, The Wallflowers, 10,000 Maniacs, Sister Hazel, Andrew Bird, The Bo Deans, Jesse Harris, and The Samples. In 2003 he was also featured on the Columbia/Aware Records compilation album "Aware 9" along with Jack Johnson, Alice Peacock and many other national artists.

In 2005, Dan joined the band Hotel45 and put out the album "Photographs" in the fall of 2006. Also available at cdbaby, itunes and many other online stores.

Dan recorded "Covers, Blankets and Afghans (Volume 1)" in his living room with 1 mic, 1 guitar and 1 computer. Awake, Our Way and Sundaes and Solitaire are the 3 original tracks on the album. The record was mastered by Robert Marshall of Cave Recording, and the album cover as well as Dan's website was designed by Nandor Tamas of Stung Media. Dan would also like to thank Kamran Salehi for all of his help an advice on the record.

Dan has 2 other solo records also available at www.cdbaby.com.

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Photographs

HOTEL45

Be careful, photographs put your mind away. Dixie late nite room service runnin religion candle ? Say I don't .

HOTEL45

The band members, each with musical accomplishments of their own , have been friends for a long time. Jam sessions lead to recording sessions, and everyone suddenly realized that something special was brewing. Hotel45 was born in 2005.

Dan Darrah

Dan started the Dan Darrah Band about 5 years ago, or so, and has really pushed the limits of what an independent musician can achieve now a days. Dan Darrah Band enjoys a loyal following in the Chicago area and the cities around us. Dan was looking for an opportunity to develop music collectively when our band was formed. We all enjoy writing together and his warm voice putts the finishing touch on everything we do.

You can catch him in Dan Darrah Band, or his solo shows, around town every now and then mostly playing his famous acoustic guitar. In HOTEL45 shows, he plays multiple keyboards, almost exclusively. Unless Tyson does not show up for some reason, in which case, we will all be fighting for who gets to play the drums!

Kamran Salehi

Kamran has had a hard time deciding on his instrument of choice. Fortunately our band of all multi instrument players is settling into "stations" so Kamran is mostly playing electric guitar. His influences include heavy electronic and rock music, as well as blues, indirectly inherited from his rock favorites.

Most recently Kamran had released two alternative/ progressive rock CDs via Mp3.com, both of which had songs occupying number 1 position on MP3 charts for more than a week. He was working on a 3rd CD , when this band came together and completely absorbed his attention.

Kamran is a closet drummer! Prior to solo efforts he played keyboards with Nick's Late / The Tail & guitar and keyboards with Easy Life.

Dan Anderson

A music school graduate, Dan Anderson (called lovingly Danderson by the band!) came to Chicago about 14 years ago and fell in love with our music scene. He is crazy about Hip hop and loves almost any style of "good" music. He mostly plays a mean bass in the band but may jump to keyboards or his trumpets at any moment without giving prior notice.

Dan Anderson and Dan Darrah have played at majority of Chicago's big clubs (House of Blues, Metro, Park West etc..) for the past few years, in addition to a semi-nation-wide tour towards the end of 2004. Now a days Dan has the itch to create some new music .....

Tyson Ellert

Tyson moved to Chicago recently but has already found his way around ! Aside form the current music scene, he loves Jazz and "old school" Rock.

Tyson's style of drumming reflects his wide range of influences. Solid, yet constantly changing, he paints an organic rhythmic background.

About once a month Tyson plays in a jazz ensemble to stay in touch with rhythmic roots of modern rock. He plays guitar once in a while, but let's keep that a secret for now.

He is a day time fashion designer and somehow finds time to play as the house band drummer at "Buddy Guy's Legends" once in a while on Monday night.

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Farina Dumpling

Dan Darrah

Coffeehouse singer songwriter would be an earthy rich latte with a couple shots of love.

Performing over three hundred shows in the last few years, Dan Darrah has established himself as a remarkably unique singer-songwriter, with a soulful distinct voice that captures even the least receptive audiences. Dan has developed a devoted fan base exponentially expanding in Chicago, the Midwest, the United States, and beyond. In the last year and a half, Dan has shared the stage with the Bo Deans, Sister Hazel, Jesse Harris, Jeffery Gaines, The Samples, Marty Lloyd of The Freddie Jones Band and the 10,000 Maniacs.

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12 Seasons

Dan Darrah

Coffeehouse singer songwriter would be an earthy rich latte with a couple shots of love.

Performing over three hundred shows in the last few years, Dan Darrah has established himself as a remarkably unique singer-songwriter, with a soulful distinct voice that captures even the least receptive audiences. Dan has developed a devoted fan base exponentially expanding in Chicago, the Midwest, the United States, and beyond. In the last year and a half, Dan has shared the stage with the Bo Deans, Sister Hazel, Jesse Harris, Jeffery Gaines, The Samples, Marty Lloyd of The Freddie Jones Band and the 10,000 Maniacs.

Dan is taking some time off from touring and playing live solo. He is currently part of a new band called hotel45. www.hotel45.com myspace.com/hotel45. The new record was released in 2006 and hotel 45 will be playing in Chicago this spring and summer of 2007. "I've had a busy couple years, I have a new little baby girl and life is good." I'm really looking forward to getting back to the acoustic and working on a solo record. Thank you all for the continued love and support." Dan

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