Dave Plaehn | CrazyMan

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by Dave Plaehn

Dave Plaehn is a singer, songwriter and harp player known as blues man with pop sensibilities. He was endorsed by Hohner, Inc. in 1997.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crazy Man
4:17 $0.99
2. My Conviction
4:10 $0.99
3. What\'s This Love Thing?
4:32 $0.99
4. Ghosts
3:58 $0.99
5. Shugum Boom
3:27 $0.99
6. When Will the Daylight Come?
5:40 $0.99
7. Hug Me When I Come Home, Kiss Me When I Leave
3:49 $0.99
8. We\'re Gonna Make the Best of It
3:33 $0.99
9. She\'s Got Kisses (Any Love I\'ve Known)
3:55 $0.99
10. For Love Blues
5:37 $0.99
11. Heaven Knows I Do
5:33 $0.99
12. Angels on High
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dave Plaehn is a singer, songwriter and Hohner endorsed harmonica player. CrazyMan is Dave's 3rd solo effort in addition to 2 albums with slide guitarist Jeff Hino (www.plaehn-hino.com). Dave has received critical acclaim for both his songwriting and his singing.

Reviews and Comments for CrazyMan

"Crazy man" is easily one of my favourite releases for 2009 without a doubt. Great production on this cd, no histrionics but a purists cd. All about the strength of the songs, singer and band …Your background singers are absolutely stunning and lend a wonderful balance to your music …. Foe [sic] me you are a delightful tasty New Orleans gumbo of Blues/Delta/Country and Alt Country mixed lovingly together. Mouth watrering [sic] indeed. …

kindest regards peter, on behalf of the Music Managers PBS 106-7 FM., Melbourne, Australia

“Fantastic album. Great stuff for our radio station.”

Alex Pijnen, BRTO Radio, Netherlands

"Just wanted to dash you off a note to congratulate you on your new CD. I just got through listening and was very impressed with the tunes. We will be checking it in for play on Fresh Tracks and maybe a couple of our Folk/Americana offerings as well. Good balance over all-The harmony vocal parts sound great. Solid playing all the way through. Billy Barnett did a nice job with the sound of the disc too. Clean! I've always enjoyed his work.

Again, Congratulations on a fine project,"
Michael Canning
Music Director
KLCC/Eugene, OR

"..."Crazy Man" goes one step further, coming out of the blues but reaching something new. This is roots music at it's most enjoyable form - well-crafted songs played by a group of talented musicians and sung with an angel-like voice. You are a fantastic harmonica player and your acoustic tone, especially on those low harps is jaw dropping, but I so much admire you as a vocalist. The way your voice sounds is beautiful and you know how to make a song sound interesting. "Crazy Man" is a solid effort!"

Przemek Draheim
host of blues show on Radio Sfera — www.sfera.umk.pl — in Torun (Poland)

"…t’anx for sending it our way; I’m sure our Blues hosts (and Variety hosts as well) will enjoy it."

John Ford
Jazz/Blues Director
KAOS/Olympia, WA

"Just dropping you a line to congratulate you on your
new disc. Sounds great! Nice work, we'll play the heck out of it."

Al Schares
Music Director
KUNI/University of Northern Iowa

[Dave] … has a warm, slightly smooth singing voice which suits his material very well. He is not an out-and-out blues artist, and though much of his material is blues-based, he tends equally towards vintage rhythm & blues (try 'My Conviction'), Cajun ('What's This Love Thing?' is a er, lovely performance, with some fine fiddle from George Penk), 'Shugum Boom' has a vaguely African sound, and there is an intense piano-driven ballad in 'Ghosts'. … A nice album then, but certainly not one for blues purists. Harmonica players may find some of Dave's ideas rather more imaginative than on a standard blues album though.

----- Norman Darwen, www.bluesartstudio.com

From a review of Can't Get My Rest, 2002

"Dave Plaehn's harp work shows a lot of range and emotion; the perfect union to his exceptional vocals." Greg Johnson, President, Cascade Blues Assn.

From reviews for first release, SMOKIN, 1981

"...some compositions that belong in the top drawer of any writer." B. Lichtenbert, The Illinois Entertainer

"...Plaehn's vocal quality is most reminiscent of country rhuma king Jesse Winchester, while his phrasing often approximates Phoebe Snow's jazzy blues." Rich Borgerson, Prairie Sun, Peoria, IL

From a review of On Your Bond, 1996

...Dave gives Lyle Lovett a run for his money on a very soulful version of 'On A Monday'..." Al Shares, Music Director, KUNI, Cedar Falls, IA



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Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present Dave Plaehn a GrIndie Award for their CD "CrazyMan." A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy's stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.

Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Adult Contemporary Compositions flavored with tones of bluesy roots
Singer/songwriter Dave Plaehn releases his third CD, “CrazyMan,” packed with adult contemporary compositions that are flavored with tones of bluesy roots and splashed with savory harmonica riffs. Plaehn reaches to his audience with outstanding vocals that are clean and crisp with smooth and soothing clarity. Catchy and bouncy, “What’s This Love Thing?” lends an ear to what vocal harmony is all about. Listeners will enjoy how the vocals flow between lead and harmony with stunning style and ease. Soft touches of syncopated percussion on “Shugum Boom” season the clever lyrics and vocals with a tasty tonality. Moreover, “She’s Got Kisses (Any Love I’ve Known)” highlights Plaehn’s abilities to perform on the harmonica with bluesy attitude and refined technique. The musicianship displayed on this collection is top-notch, marked by tight and accentuated dynamics. Overall, “Crazy Man” offers some diversity in styles and is sure to please listeners of adult pop with hints of rhythm and blues.