Dana Hubbard | The Grounds Keepers

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The Grounds Keepers

by Dana Hubbard

Acoustic singer/songwriter - blues guitar-slinger - folk & roll raconteur
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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2. The Great Human Race
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3. Petroleum People
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4. High Valley Floor
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5. The Grounds Keepers
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6. Face in the Dust
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7. Pretty Little Farmer
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8. Busy As a Beaver (at Bein' Gone)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"...a cross between Bruce Cockburn and Jorma Kaukonen!"
-Andre de Channes, host of "Thursday Night Live"
-KRSH 95.9 FM Santa Rosa, CA

Dana Hubbard wears two hats! He's always been a singer/songwriter and he's always been a blues player.
While these two categories are not mutually exclusive, the music-genre police would like you to think so.
But they're about marketing. Dana's about music.

Born and raised on the Central Coast of California, he attended UC Santa Cruz only long enough to finish
an elective course on County Blues. Then he hit the road and never looked back. With acoustic guitar
in hand, he busked the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco, eventually putting together his own band,
The Delta Twisters, which he successfully led through the burgeoning Blues scene. By this time, the guitar
in his hands had become electric and he was going to the school of the Blues, -playing clubs, juke-joints,
biker-bars and eventually bigger venues and theatres. He was sharing the stage with legends like
Albert King, James Cotton, Etta James and eventually graduated to opening shows for folks like Greg Allman,
Chris Isaac and Robert Cray. All this performance experience culminated in his first cd release,
"Tummy Lust", which showcases his impressive singing and guitar skills as well as the songwriter in Dana.
And you just begin to hear the reemergence of the acoustic guitar . By the time his second CD, "Livin' Live",
is released, the acoustic guitar has become once again, his main instrument of choice.

What Dana does on acoustic guitar with only his hands is amazing to see. You hear the bass and he back beat
rhythm along with the melody and cords. It's hard to imagine it's just one person, even when you're looking
right at him! On his latest CD, "The Grounds Keepers", every track is a single guitar performance,
-no overdubs! -no cheatin'! -no second chances! And the singer/songwriter is front and center, addressing
issues of environmentalism and social injustice in a voice that is sometimes a growl, sometimes a lilt and
a laugh, but always with a little twinkle in the eye! He has a social activist soul with a bluesman's grin!

Top 10 Finalist 2008 FOUNDERS FOLK & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Songwriting Competition, Snowbird, UT.
Top 10 Finalist 2008 TUCSON FOLK FESTIVAL Songwriting Competition, winning a 3rd place tie.
Top 10 Finalist 2007 TUCSON FOLK FESTIVAL Songwriting Competition
Top 10 Finalist 2005 SOUTH FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL Songwriting Competition

Radio Stations playing "The Grounds Keepers"
KPFT 90.1 HOUSTON, TX
KLCC 89.7 EUGENE, OR
KRSH 95.9 SANTA ROSA, CA
KVMR 89.5 NEVADA CITY, CA


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Robyn Landis

The complete package
Dana's guitar playing is so complex, so competent, so interesting and so FUN that it takes several listens before I can tear myself away from mesmerized admiration and fascination with that aspect of his musicianship--and notice that his lyrics are smart, tight, articulate and clever expressions of sentiments I find highly sympathetic, whether about love and life or war and the environment. Dana's unique style and sound makes the blues influence palatable and even pleasing to me. The "whole package" of terrific singer, player AND writer is rare in this biz--Dana's got it.

Sabine

The Grounds Keepers
Great CD. Dana is a super-talented artist. I love listening to his music which is engaging and puts you in a great mood. His lyrics are fun and thought provoking at the same time.