Fresh. Thoughtful. Honest. Smart. Real. And stick-in-your-head catchy.
Classically-trained St. Louis native Dan Schaefer was voluntarily transplanted to Nashville in the mid-‘90s, and a hook-heavy pop writing style was treated to an infusion of folk, country and Americana influences. His songs have been cut by independent artists including Mark Hatt, Cindy Standage and Kathy Hussey; production credits include his own catalog and the Alan Oatley EP This is Not an Apology. He can often be found playing tunes at random watering holes in Nashville and elsewhere, sometimes as part of Music City's acclaimed writing and performing consortium The Variety Pack. He’s hit the circuit as a finalist at festivals including the Gum Tree Festival in Tupelo, Mississippi, and the Riverbluff Acoustic Music Festival in Ashland City, Tennessee. "One of Nashville's top 30 pop artists."--Reverb Nation, September 2013.
Dan has released five records through his independent Nashville-based Ten Fish Music label.
Separate Vacations (2005)
The 2005 dance-influenced side-project. Brooding, intellectual, philosophical examinations of creativity vs. commerce, politics and life choices, heavily influenced by red wine.
So Romantic (2007)
The Nashville Independent Music (NIM) organization's 2007 Album of the Year. Shamelessly emotional, hook-laden pop tastiness.
Wild Ideas (2010)
Radio-friendly and from the heart. Country-flavored pop tunes inspired by life, love and open natural spaces.
Where the Days are Golden (2011)
Walls-down, thoughtful and thought-provoking pop vignettes of longing, loss and uplifting redemption. A peaceful, introspective, musically-satisfying dive beneath the surface.
Pure Life (2013)
Pure globally-inspired, classically-influenced pop/soul/country/folk/americana bliss. Fully realized, infinitely listenable smart-pop.