- Dan Israel
Dan Israel is a 15-year veteran singer-songwriter currently based in Minneapolis, who won Song of the Year (for "Come to Me") in the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards. He led the folk-duo One Town Horse in Chicago in the late '80s and early '90s, went on to lead the more electrified folk-rockers Potter's Field in Austin, TX in the mid '90s (where he was named one of Austin's top 15 songwriters), and finally relocated to his hometown of Minneapolis in 1996, where he formed Dan Israel and the Cultivators and released several critically acclaimed CDs, both solo and with the Cultivators. His 2000 solo release "Dan Who?" received a 4-star review from noted music scribe Jim Walsh (then at the St. Paul Pioneer Press), who summed up his outrage at the under-recognition of Israel's talent with these words: "Well, somebody buy a billboard, hire a blimp, and give this guy his due already. His name is Dan Israel, one of the mad ones, one of the strugglers, and he just made the record of his life."
Israel has been reviewed favorably in national magazines like Paste and No Depression and in major American newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times, has received extensive radio airplay both stateside and overseas, has showcased multiple times at the prestigious South by Southwest Music Conference, and has opened for acts such as Morrissey, the Tragically Hip, Todd Snider, Iris DeMent, Peter Himmelman, the Honeydogs, Mason Jennings, Martin Zellar, Mary Lou Lord, Ike Reilly, Steve Poltz, the Silos, and many more.
His influences include such popular choices as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Beatles and The Rolling Stones as well as ones more attuned to his particular jangly folk-pop style - Paul Westerberg, the Jayhawks, Tom Petty, the Byrds, Big Star, World Party, Husker Du/Sugar/Mould, R.E.M., and others.
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