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Music Review: Dan Hubbard – See You Again

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The line “I pray to God every night and still wake up in hell” comes from Dan Hubbard’s “Desperate Times” and describes how this reviewer has often felt in an effort to embrace new genres.  Followers of my writing will have noted that no genre is absolved from my pen and opinion.  Recently, I’ve heard my fair share of hip-hop, rap, opera, Latin, and gypsy jazz.  I needed a good dose of rock, and See You Again delivers.

See You Again is the fifth album from Dan Hubbard, an Illinois-based singer-songwriter.  Accompanying Hubbard on this project is his band, “The Humadors,” which consists of Scott McRae on bass, Kevin Yarger on drums, and Kyle Yapp and Andy Herald on guitar. Jerry Erickson sits in for one track on lap steel guitar.

The CD begins with the opening bars of “In Between,” which have a driving beat that reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd — and that’s fine with me. I’m not from Alabama!

Track four, “Years” begins as a slow-paced, acoustic ballad of innocence, naivete, desire and hope. Gradually the pace quickens, and drums and electric guitars add to a strong typical “rock” beat that segues into “Love’s Comin’” — a Mellencamp-esque narrative ballad. On his website, Hubbard lists influences such as Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne.  These various influences are especially noticeable in the title track and the bluesy “You’re Not Alone” — an emotional reassurance. 

Hubbard is credited with having written all 10 tracks (with help from Scott McRae on “Love’s Comin’”), which are well suited to his strong voice and rock-style delivery.  When Hubbard sings, “I’ve got an angel up above — showed me how to love,” you believe him. From the video clips, it’s easy to see he has a comfortable yet confident stage presence which can also be heard in his singing.  This fifth album combines the experience of the previous efforts (which I haven’t heard) along with extensive touring to deliver a polished production with a punch.

We can identify with his lyrics, we move to his beat, and we’re glad to see that rock music is in good hands with Dan Hubbard and The Humadors!

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