Dan Bern

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA. This highly talented US singer-songwriter comes from a family rooted in classical music, with his Lithuanian father a concert pianist and his German mother a singer. The Bern family immigrated to the USA in the late 50s. Dan learned to play the cello as a youngster before being inspired by Bob Dylan to take up the guitar and begin writing his own songs. He relocated to the west coast and began making a name for himself on the local anti-folk scene. His literate, reflective songwriting attracted a cult following, prompting Bern to make his recording debut in 1996 with the self-released Dog Boy Van. This six-track EP introduced Bern’s modus operandi, with songs casting a wry eye over American pop culture and the singer’s own personal foibles. Hyped in the press as the new Bob Dylan, Bern’s high profile meant a major label recording contract was not long in following, with Sony Records’ Work Group imprint landing...

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