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Lovely Distractions

by Dan Vaillancourt

"I can’t recommend this album enough for people who enjoy acoustic pop, low-fi fun and great storytelling." - J. Turner - Indie-music.com
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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1. Newspapers
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2. Lovely Distractions
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3. Fall Winds
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4. Breath On Me
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5. Amusement Park
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6. Postcards
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7. I Am Your Radio
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8. Fearless
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9. Satellites
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Album Notes
“Life always tends to send me little distractions detouring me into new directions and unexpected adventures... This collection of songs is largely influenced by experiences I have had while traveling and performing music... often finding myself engaged in lovely conversations and adventures that help distract me from everyday life. This album is filled entirely with sounds made by humans, much of it created by my friends and family. Please Enjoy These Lovely Distractions!” - Dan

-Michigan-based singer-songwriter Dan Vaillancourt has been called a virtuosic guitarist, a natural storyteller, an entity all his own and The Jimi Hendrix of Folk! Dan weaves stories of life, love, and travel with quirky aplomb creating a unique kind of music called 'Funktified Folk' which has been heard on radio stations all across the country.

A modern day troubadour, he has performed hundreds of concerts in 29 states and counting. Besides being an accomplished guitarist and a well-traveled troubadour, Vaillancourt is also a prolific songwriter and recently was one of only forty-one participants to complete the international 50/90 songwriting challenge, writing over 50 songs in 90 days!

Vaillancourt's album, Melodic Snapshots, was met with success across the board. Critics and fans alike showered praise upon the album. Nationwide airplay on over 100 stations landed the album an extended stay on CMJ AAA charts around the country next to the likes of Ben Harper, Wilco, Yellowcard, Van Morrison, Beth Orton, Neko Case, The Darkness, Shawn Mullins, Cat Powers, & Beck. In 2006, nationally syndicated radio program Acoustic Cafe, featured Dan Vaillancourt's on February's One To Watch segment which features and highlights the best of today's up and coming artists.

Five different songs from Melodic Snapshots are featured on CD compilations distributed across the United States, Australia, and around the world. Dan's music was in good company appearing alongside artists like Corinne Bailey Rae, Beth Orton, Umphrey’s McGee, Donavon Frankenreiter and many more. The five compilations total over 15,000 copies.

For his newest album, Lovely Distractions, Vaillancourt garnered the help of Grammy-nominated producer Ric Hordinski (David Wilcox, Phil Keaggy, Ellery). To bring the musical vision of the album to life; Hordinski and Vaillancourt split the recording and mixing duties, many of Dan's family and friends along with the help of a couple of the best Cincinnati session musicians lent their musical talents, and finally multiple Grammy winner Richard Dodd (who has worked with Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks, Wilco, and many more) mastered the album...



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9 Flavors and then some!
This album is like the best Ice Cream Sunday! Each song has it's own flavor and they all mesh together in this sweet CD with all the toppings. There isn't a song that Dan has written and performed that I didn't like. He's amazing and this CD won't disappoint! Enjoy!

Billy Sea

I fell in love with the sound of Dan's voice during songwriting challenges on FAMW.Org. I just received my copy of this CD and I still totally enjoy Dan's singing and wonderful songs. I could listen to this for hours on end and never get tired of it.


no misnomer
You'd be hard pressed to find a more accurately named album- Lovely Distractions is just that, a lovely distraction from the world. I could listen to this album again and again (and have done so time after time). Track 5, Amusement Park, has come to be one of my all time favorite songs. Dan has a style all his own and this album showcases it wonderfully.

Trish Lewis WUCX-FM Eclectic Chair

Humor and heart are hard to find in such abundance.
I never know what to say about the great songwriters. Dan Vaillancourt is one of the best. Words are all so very important but Dan has the music within him to carry his stories. Rare from such a young talent. Wise beyond his years, I too wonder what he'll bring to the microphone in a few more years. Humor and heart are hard to find in such abundance. I always look forward to his next work and visit to the station.

'Lindsay's Listens' Blurb From Revue Magazine Blog

Feel-Good Singer-Songwriter
His Lovely Distractions album is filled with whimsical tunes reminiscent of a Dawson's Creek soundtrack.