2019 was a busy year for McCoy as he played over 85 shows in 6 states. He entered the studio to record a 5 track EP of new songs with his band, the Standing 8s, & a spring 2020 release date in mind.
On Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, Dan released the single "Believe" to digital platforms everywhere. In addition to this release he & his band, the Standing 8s, are finishing up the recording process for a 6 song EP with a target release of February, 2020.
The single track "Everything I Don't Want to Be" was released to internet radio & digital outlets everywhere on August 7, 2018.
Dan McCoy released “Live & Alone” on Aug 14th 2017. The release highlights Dan’s solo acoustic show which has become a crowd favorite in establishments in the greater Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas. He currently does around 50 solo acoustic shows a year as well as his shows with his two band configurations, Rambler 454 and Dan McCoy and the Standing 8s. On February 23, 2019 Dan & the Standing 8s entered Venue Studios in Euclid, OH to start recording on their new album, Every Crowded Street. A release of late summer or early fall of 2019 is slated.
In November of 2016 Dan recorded a live evening in his hometown of Willoughby, OH. The recording was released digitally on Aug. 14, 2017 (CD version available Sept. 22). Of the album McCoy says, “This is a “warts & all” release. None of my shows are perfect & this is a great representation of what you may hear on any given night at one of my shows; the din of the crowd in the background, the missed chord or two, the wrong lyric here & there.” While those may seem like negatives McCoy shrugs it off by saying, “I’m human & have many flaws. What I like about leaving all that in there is it’s genuine. There were no studio tricks or overdubs to lead one to believe I play perfect every time out. The energy is real & I think that comes through with this live set.” Of the location of the recording he had this to say, “I felt it was important to me to record in my hometown as a sort of thank you to all the folks from that area that have supported my music & I over the many years. The building in which I recorded (Beal’s Pickles & Pints) has a special place in my heart. Before the Beal family took it over I played for the previous owners for a number of years cutting my teeth as a solo artist. Recording there seemed to be the right fit & kind of brought this phase of my career full circle. Plus, I felt recording at one of the clubs in the Cleveland area wouldn’t have been an accurate representation of what a night out with me would be like. I play the small bars a lot & wanted that feel.”
Separate from the live release the single track “My Love” was released to internet radio & digital outlets everywhere on June 2, 2017.
Dan McCoy picked up the Cleveland Scene Magazine Music Award for best Americana/Country band in 2010 and hasn’t slowed down since. In that time he has been playing on a lot around his hometown of Willoughby, OH as well as other spots throughout the greater Cleveland area and a few choice spots in the Pittsburgh area including the 2017 Three Rivers Arts Festival. Currently Dan is writing songs for a number of solo albums he's hoping to release in the next year or so.
McCoy has been bringing his brand of Heartland-Alt.Country-Rock to the masses since 1988 (he played his first gig a month before his 15th birthday). There have been many comparisons of McCoy's music to Springsteen, Petty, Seger, Mellencamp as well as more contemporary artists such as Lucero, Drive-By Truckers & Will Hoge. "McCoy has a boyish, fun rock voice that sounds like Jackson Browne with more guts and growl" says Jennifer Layton from Indie-Music.com. His enthusiastic onstage persona is infectious & by the end of a set one feels as though he's an old friend you haven't seen in a while. When playing the long nights of mixing cover songs in with the originals. Jay Wooley's (of Wooley Bully's in New Brighton, PA ) description pretty much hits the nail on the head..."A plethora of rock, country & Irish tunes, solo acoustic style."
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