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Dan Layus of Augustana

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Chattanooga, TN 37408

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Doors: 6 PM | Show: 7 PM | All Ages Show

Dan Layus, primarily known as the frontman of the critically acclaimed band
Augustana. Dangerous Things' his latest album, spans influences from Hank Williams to Tom Waits, from
Dwight Yoakam to Woody Guthrie. The album was recorded in Nashville at
SouthxSea Studios with minimal production. The lyrics are about life's struggles
and its simple joys, and harmonies are provided by Muscle Shoals' own The Secret
Sisters.


Of the new music, Layus explains, "I always knew this album was out there
waiting, I just had to let it come to me. That was the most challenging part of this
record. It was three years of repeatedly realizing I was trying too hard to write a
perfect song. It all started to make sense and feel good as soon as I stopped treating
songwriting like it was songwriting. Somewhere along the way I decided that if an
idea was going to turn into a song on this album, then it had to be written
organically and purely. It had to be an inspired moment that was unfolding
melodically, musically and lyrically, all while making me feel something.
Subsequently, that's how I recorded the songs -- I played the song live a few times
in front of some microphones and when I felt something real happen, we moved
onto the next one. The songs and recordings on this album are inspired by other
people's stories and informed by my own experiences and I've never felt more
proud or comfortable sharing an album as I feel with this one."
Layus spent 12 years as the creative force behind American roots-rock band
Augustana. After years of grueling touring which took them from basements to
amphitheaters, the band as unit had run its course and disbanded. Layus decided to
keep the name and subsequently released another album and toured twice more as
Augustana. In 2013 he moved to Nashville and found an immediate home in the
songwriter community, penning songs for Platinum country artists and pop artists
alike. In this new endeavor he also found something even more valuable -- the new
sound he had been searching for and scratching at since the inception of
Augustana.

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