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Simple God Songs

by Dan Gilliam

Hippy, trippy, spiritual, traveling, love songs.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Crackertown
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2. You Are There (Psalm 139)
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3. The River
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4. Remember
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5. Sunday School
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6. Quiet Place
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7. Been Here Before
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8. Narrow Road
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9. Now That You've Tasted (I Peter 2)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Dan Gilliam Biography

I was born on "the day the music died" Feb. 3, 1959. Buddy Holly's plane crashed in the wee hours of the same morning my mom gave birth to me. Because of my connection to this fateful day, I have always considered my music style to be a reincarnated mix of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Sometime around 1969 I fell in love with the music I was hearing through the earplug of my transistor radio. The songs of The Doors, Neil Young, Chicago and America gave me words for some of the unknown things I was feeling. At age 13, I picked up the guitar and discovered an avenue for self-expression in writing and singing my own songs. Artistic endeavors were my private ambitions. When my parents divorced in 1973, I would rely heavily on these diversions to help me survive the trauma of watching my world blow apart.


Over my 50 years of travels and travails, I have written and recorded 8 albums of original music to document my life journey. In 1986, after my brief career as a professional pastor I recorded my self-titled debut album, "Dan Gilliam" and sold about 100 copies to friends and family. The circulation of this cassette helped to open local doors for me in Cincinnati and other Midwestern towns to perform my songs for drug prevention school assemblies. This led to the writing and recording of my second cassette album, "A Good Used Brain is Hard to Find"(1988) containing songs I performed for school audiences in 40 states. Assisted and inspired by my bar-based cover band "Pacer", I recorded "Storms and Love" in 1991, a collection of folk-rock love songs. In 1993, after snooping around the alleyways and back doors of contemporary Christian music, I wrote and recorded "Shake the Walls" which led to many performances at churches and Christian coffee houses. In the ensuing years, I have found myself sharing the stage with many well known Christian artists such as Servant, Rich Mullins, Big Tent Revival, Jennifer Knapp, The Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, All Star United, Bleach, Sonic Flood, The 77s and Richard Swift. For the most part, however, I have performed my music and told my stories in relative obscurity.

"Farm Café", my bare bones 1995 recording was the beginning of me finding my true voice as a singer and songwriter. I sold over 500 copies of this album from the trunk of my car the first year and made a conscious decision that whether of not the world wanted another performing artist I was going to be one. In 1997, shortly after wedding my (ex)wife, Lynn, I traveled to New Haven, In. to record "The Color of God" at Monastic Chambers studio with Jon Gillespie and a few talented musician friends. Selling out my first 1,000 copies of this cd in less than a year allowed me to put aside the cash for my 1999 record "I Am Not Like God". Probably, my best sounding record to date, I was fortunate to have been helped by California-based guitar aficionado, Rich Nibbe, and cutting edge worship leader and songwriter, Chris Lizotte.

In 2001, while living in Cottage Grove, Oregon, best known for being the town where Animal House was filmed, I recorded my last album to date, "Simple God Songs". This album represented a return to my spare, folk-oriented style of writing and performing. As of today, none of these albums have been released on any record label and remain largely undiscovered and undocumented by the music industry at large. I cannot say that I have been tortured or even bothered by this lack of commercial success for I believe that God, as I understand God, has a higher calling on my life that supercedes any accomplishment or failings that I may have as an artist or musician. After all, it is only by the grace of God that I have a story to tell, a song to sing and a picture to paint. I still think my best ones are yet to come.

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Simple God Songs


This CD is fun to listen to. Unfortunately, I was shocked when I hear on the "the river" he says (repeatedly) "I don't give a d---". Due to this word choice, I would not purchase another of his CDs.
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Lucas Allen

Carefree & Inspiring; Dan at his best
Just buy the disc, pop it in on a clear day, drive around in the country and try to tell me that 12.97 was a waste... This one's got enough instrumentation to flesh out the songs, yet remains simple, acoustic and untainted by over production. Themes of faith and hope presented from the heart, not an agenda. Well done, Daniel...
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Keith Schneider

Great Stuff from Dan!
As the Producer/engineer of this album, it was an absolute delight for me to help bring this record to life. Dan is one of the very few people who came into the studio over the last 10 years who was able to perform his songs live - instead of the modern computer cut and paste technique. There is no pitch correction or overdubs...he can play and sing with passion and inspiration. We just set up a mic and he went for it. We added a bunch of fun & interesting instrumentation. My kids (5 and 2 years old) are big fans. I have probably heard the CD no less than 150 times by request of my kids and wife during a van ride for groceries or to the coast.
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Dave Miller

After many spins in the player, I continue to reach for "Simple God Songs."
This recording, while full of God songs and thoughts of heaven, finds itself firmly planted on the ground. This is Dan's writing at its best. He continues to remind us that there is something more...something beyond us...all the while encouraging us to not miss our humanity while here on earth. After many spins in the player, I continue to reach for "Simple God Songs."
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