Dan Crandall Smith is the rare vocal stylist who is a true crowd-pleaser. He draws his song selections from America’s favorite music, with a dynamic and pure voice everyone loves to listen to. Dan’s made his living making music most of his life, running with Nashville songwriters and musicians like Doug Dillard and Townes Van Zandt.
A talented tunesmith, in 1987 he was awarded membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for penning a nuclear energy protest song, The Nuclear Nail. He’s also a great guitarist who has much to share with a crowd of any age; Dan has become one of the country’s most enduring single acts.
Dan spent 19 years in Nashville working clubs and writing songs. He’s been the opening act for Kentucky Thunder, Jonell Mosser, and former Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox. He’s played Beale Street in Memphis, Nashville’s World Famous Printers Alley, and has had a smattering of television and radio appearances. No matter where he performs, he inspires folks to sing along to their favorite old tunes.
Dan recorded a CD — Dan Crandall Smith and the Revisitors Live — at the legendary Boardwalk Cafe in Nashville in 2003, backed by a stellar array of Music City’s finest. On keyboard, Gabe Dixon, who shares a producer with Paul McCartney and played on a recent McCartney project. He was just added to Alison Krauss‘ Band, Union Station. Also on Dan’s CD is lead guitarist Porter McClister who joined Gretchen Wilson on her Red Neck Woman European tour.
The past few years, Dan has been recovering from cartilage and tendon damage he sustained in 2003 which left him unable to play guitar. After recurring surgery and various therapies, he regained enough strength in his hands early in 2008 to play full time again.
Dan currently lives in Key West. He’s heading out for an extended tour this fall and winter, which will take him back out on the road that he loves.