Dan Wilson is a Grammy Award-winning guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is renowned in music circles for the elegance of his melodies, the intelligence of his lyrics and the purity of his voice. The onetime member of storied cult band Trip Shakespeare and the critically acclaimed Semisonic , Dan is also well known for the number of songs he co-wrote with the Dixie Chicks’ on their 2006 album Taking the Long Way, which garnered the coveted Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, including “Not Ready to Make Nice”, for which he won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year along with the Dixie Chicks. He had previously been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1999 for writing the Semisonic hit “Closing Time”.
Dan is now active as a solo artist, working with a collective of musicians from the Twin Cities and elsewhere. Wilson’s first full-length solo album, Free Life, is now out on American Recordings. The collection of songs began as a self produced project in Minneapolis, and was finished in Los Angeles by Wilson and executive producer and label chief Rick Rubin.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“The former lead singer for the 90’s band Semisonic just released his first solo album. Not impressed? You should be. Dan Wilson’s reemergence is brought to you by music executive/super producer Rick Rubin, who was named president of Columbia Records earlier this year.
Not coincidentally, while Rubin was picking up his Grammy award for best producer at the 2007 ceremonies, Dan Wilson was picking up his award for song of the year. Both had collaborated with the Dixie Chicks on their Grammy-sweeping album “Taking the Long Way Around.” Wilson included one song he co-wrote with the Chicks on his own album. ….
The thing that gets you is THAT VOICE. Wilson’s calm, unaffected vocals convey a kind of well-worn humility that is both peaceful and profound. There is no straining or striving. Listening to him sing is like meeting someone who makes everyone in the room feel at ease.” – Nathan Harden, YaleDailyNews.com Aug 7, 2009