Dan Vaillancourt | Melodic Snapshots

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Melodic Snapshots

by Dan Vaillancourt

''...a natural storyteller, who manages to spin and weave his snapshots and snippets of dreams and conversations into engrossing tales that capture the listener's imagination...." - Bob Gottlieb (Folk and Music Exchange)
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Anything At All
4:02 $0.99
2. Melodic Snapshots
3:33 $0.99
3. Green & Gray
4:33 $0.99
4. Dylan Breath
3:29 $0.99
5. With You
3:45 $0.99
6. Give Up
2:13 FREE
7. Wandering Blue Eyes
5:00 $0.99
8. Everything's Alright
4:26 $0.99
9. Could I
3:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Michigan-based Singer-Songwriter Dan Vaillancourt has been described as a first-rate storyteller, a virtuosic guitar player, and an energetic performer whose energy exudes from the stage. He has performed in hundreds of venues (Including venues such as the legendary CBGB's in NYC and Eddie's Attic in Atlanta!) covering almost half of the states in the US. Despite some extraordinary accomplishments, Dan is still a down to earth guy and enjoys a good cup of coffee and growing tomatoes for his homemade salsa.

Dan Vaillancourt is known as the Funktified Folkman. Funktified Folk can be hard to pinpoint because it draws from a large variety of styles and influences. Dan listens to such a wide variety of music that he was recently described as "hyper-eclectic." By drawing influence from a large range of musicians such as Paul Simon, Victor Wooten, and Bobby Mcferrin... the music stays fresh and each song has a unique stylistic twist to it.

He graduated with a B.S. degree from Central Michigan University in Cultural Anthropology & World Religion. His favorite thing to do is to drive around the country playing his 10-string guitar for people like you.

"...an entity all its own." -Yvonne Glasgow (Music Review)

"...an ear of maturity and a knack for entertaining folks with his funky folk style." -Smother.net

Though he performs alone, Michigan-based singer-songwriter Dan Vaillancourt doesn't stick to one sound: With just his voice and custom 10-string guitar, Vaillancourt jumps genres from song to song--and even mid-tune. The easiest descriptor may be folk-funk, but that fails to account for chatty spoken-word bits, hip-hop goofs, and straight-ahead pop songs." -The Onion (May 2003)

"Dan Vaillancourt does more with just an acoustic guitar than most three piece bands can accomplish."
- Leo Zaccari, 90.5FM The Night , Lincroft, NJ

"...The Jimi Hendrix of Folk!"
- Steve Wieske (fan)

"Dan Vaillancourt sets a standard for style that is immeasurable by ANYBODY in the music business. Funk, Folk, or otherwise, I have no doubt that Dan Vaillancourt will be heard from in the future."
- Jes Bouchard (fan)

"I think the funky stuff is amazing-two of Dan's big strengths as a performer are his non-stop positive energy and rhythmic virtuosity."
- Pat Wictor (Singer-Songwriter)

"...Irresistibly catchy and amazingly unique!" -Cassie Irwin (fan)



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Bob Gottlieb From the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Interesting Mix of Songs from a Natural Storyteller...
This is an interesting mix of songs from a natural storyteller, who manages to spin and weave his snapshots and snippets of dreams and conversations into engrossing tales that capture the listener's imagination. He is also quite a musician playing a plethora of stringed instruments: mandolin, banjo, bass, lap steel, and his custom made 10-stringed guitar, though, on this disc, he is not doing it all himself and has assembled a number of other musicians to help him flesh out his songs. His music is rooted in folk, with sprinklings of early rock and roll (think Bill Hailey and Carl Perkins) with some jazz licks just to spice it all up. These songs, all written by Vaillancourt, are assembled from those bits and pieces of life that stick in the mind and cause it to ruminate over the workings of things. They're those pieces that seem never to leave and act on the mind like a dog worrying a bone. This music is an intermingling of funky, energetic, and a totally idiosyncratic mix that is truly his own. Like so many other singer songwriters now, he doesn't fit into one of those handy little boxes in an increasingly compartmentalized world, which makes him a much more interesting artist because you don't know what direction the next tune is going to take.

This is his latest self-produced disc and it should expand his audience. It contains a good assortment of his touching as well as haunting songs. His performing energy from his live shows comes through on the album. There is a quirky sense of the absurd that runs throughout it which allows the listener into Dan's mind as it stood when the album was recorded.

Jason from Smother.net

Unapologetically Melodic... Always hits each note with ferocity and cunning.
Captured here is a testament to where his live show goes—the album is funky, energetic, and perfectly prepares you for what a Vaillancourt show would entail. His voice is unapologetically melodic and always hits each note with ferocity and cunning. The songs are crafted with a brilliant sense for songwriting and a knack for performance. Apparently he makes salsa from his home-grown tomatoes in his spare time and I sure would like to taste the fruits of his labor since Melodic Snapshots is so damn delicious. Editor's Pick!

Evolution of Media

...Witty, Worldly, and Wise Observations on Love and Life.
Dan Vaillancourt, who just released his third album Melodic Snapshots. Vaillancourt refers to his music as "Funktified Folk", which is an accurate description of the nine songs contained here. He has been compared to Paul Simon, Bob Dylan (name checked in the wryly self-referential "Dylan Breath"), Leo Kottke, and Michael Hedges. What I hear is 1/2 early Beck (on "Melodic Snapshots", "Green & Gray", and "Anything At All"), 1/4 Jack Johnson ("Everything's Alright" and "Give Up") and smatterings of Dylan, Spin Doctors and Ben Harper.

What really gives Vaillancourt's songs the lift that makes them stand out is the lyrics; his witty, worldly, and wise observations on love and life. "Could I" poses questions of dreams their consequences, while "Anything At All", "With You" and "Wandering Blue Eyes" document the ups and downs of relationships with a sophistication worthy of Paul Simon. Hey, maybe that's where the comparison comes from!

Melodic Snapshots is a mature work that deserves all the airplay accorded to Jack Johnson and all the gushing press received by the likes of Devendra Banhart. If you like either of those artists, you owe it to yourself to give Dan Vaillancourt a listen.

Tennille H.

...changed my musical perception!
Dan Vaillancourt is fantastic!!! When I heard him for the first time, he changed my musical perception!!! I was looking for something new, and this is it!!!

Cathy Tieppo

You ain't seen nothing like this.
When a project is "different" and "creative", that often means it's "strange" and "hard to listen to". Nothing could be further from the truth for this mid-western boy. Folks who have been lucky enough to find him years ago when he was a mere teenager valiently fighting his way through hail and storms to make it to his gigs know that Dan has grown musically by leaps and bounds. Even so, he does successfully become all things to all people. To the college crowd, he's the funky folkmaster who will easily mimic a turntable in order to draw you into his musical story. To the more seasoned folks in the back, he's the nice young man ("Aw...he SOoo nice, isn't he?") who will gamely attempt whatever song you've made him aware is your favorite.

In this, his newest release, Dan shows the technical maturity no one was aware he had who only saw him at his many, many coffeehouse gigs. He's not just a one-man show, he's a band all in himself, and a great band, at that. I and his legion of fans love him because he'll sit down before, after and during a show and just be the nice guy he is, mining for the new experiences he yearns to put into his next best song.

Stop supporting the companies putting out their safe, cookie-cutter stuff of the week that all sounds the same. Nothing sounds like this. You need to get it.