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Welcome to the official page for Dan Van Vechten and my music projects! I am a local singer/songwriter who grew up listening to folk and country music, then returned to it to find my sound after being influenced by the folk music I heard when I moved to Cincinnati. A few years ago I started writing songs, and then I started inviting local musician friends to join me while I played them. We will often play songs written by local folk bands out of tribute to their influence. Performances range from solo sets for coffeehouses or smaller spaces to a folk trio with bass, banjo, and sometimes more.
My 2014 album, "Simply Dan String Band", features nine songs I wrote and performed for the recording. Folks adding their talent to the album include James Funk, Pat Kennedy, Hank Becker, Jeremy Pittman, Suzanna Barnes, Johnny Castetter, Rob McAllister, Jeff Roades, Aaron Hedrick, Jeremy Francis, and Sleepy Andy Tracy.
In 2016 I followed up with "Get Right", a collection of songs performed primarily with a folk trio including Will Kimble on mandolin and Johnny Castetter on bass. The album is a collection of original songs and two tributes to local songwriters. Most tracks feature myself on guitar and vocals; Will Kimble is on mandolin and vocals, Johnny Castetter is on bass and vocals. Featured guests include Heather Buckley Pauley on vocals; Hank Becker, banjo; Jeremy Francis, resonator guitar; Aaron Hedrick, harmonica; Joe Macheret, fiddle; Rob McAllister, guitar.
My go-to band of late has been Elia Burkhart on bass and Henry "Hank" Becker on guitar. We love our folk and bluegrass, but we stray from the norm enough times that you'll probably hear some songs you know in one interpretation or another. Stay posted for our June 2022 EP release, "Stringtown Sessions".