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Dan Johnston

2014 nominee for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) guitarist of the year, Dan Johnston is a singer-songwriter and guitar player who blends many styles. Since before he could even talk, Dan was surrounded by music. When his mother wasn't singing and playing piano, she was spinning records of the greatest Motown artists, Elvis, and all of the crooners. She also cut her own record in 1950 with her brother Hank, who had his own afternoon variety show on NBC and enjoyed famous guests such as actor Rock Hudson. At 10 years old, after seeing a bluegrass band at church, Dan bugged his mother for banjo lessons. After a year and a half, she finally she relented and procured Dan a banjo and some lessons. Practicing almost obsessively from the very beginning, Dan quickly excelled at the instrument. By the age of 12 he was performing at church, singing and playing banjo, accompanying the songs that he had written. Within a few years Dan changed his focus to the guitar, especially electric guitar, as he was immediately bewitched by its nearly endless array of possibilities in creating different soundscapes and its inherent ability to cross into any musical genre. By the age of 18, Dan Johnston was studying at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of guitar player extraordinaire Troy Stetina. Troy taught many students who later became successful professional musicians, such as Mark Tremonti, guitarist of the multi-platinum selling band Creed. By the age of 19 Dan formed a highly successful progressive Christian metal band called Scarlet Rayne, which attracted the attention of many record labels and enjoyed national airplay as well as international distribution. The 1990 Scarlet Rayne debut was re-released in 2005 by Steel Gallery Records in Greece. The first Scarlet Rayne album still enjoys a large underground following, especially in Greece. After the band’s demise, Dan immersed himself into many styles of music which include rock, shred, blues, country, jazz, funk, American finger style, classical, and others. While still singing and performing his original compositions, Dan became sought after for studio work and guitar subbing for many different groups. In 2003 Dan Johnston released his first solo CD called DANIEL JOHNSTON - TIME AND PAIN, which was produced by Mike Hoffmann, and received critical acclaim. Since its inception in 2005, Dan Johnston has been the guitar player in the house band for the Milwaukee chapter of the National women’s music showcase CHICK SINGER NIGHT. Dan continues to perform his own music and work with many other local artists.