Bio

Lucky James is privileged to welcome a longtime friend and colleague, Mr. Dan Seward, on the upright bass and vocals. He brings a wealth of experience, talent and versatility to the job, having had a long and active career from coast to coast and beyond. Originally from rural Nebraska, he joined the Navy as a young trumpet player, and while stationed on Lake Michigan, frequented the thriving Chicago blues scene, saw the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and picked up the bass. Since those days, Dan has toured Europe, Alaska, and North America, and recorded both here and abroad (including a #1 song in the early '70's in Sweden!). In post-beatnik, pre-hippie San Francisco, he was acquainted with many of the luminaries of the sixties, both literary (Kerouac, Ginsburg, Ferlinghetti) and musical (Janis Joplin, Country Joe McDonald, Dan Hicks, Chet Helms and many others). Dan played with folk legends Jim Kweskin (of Jug Band fame) and Kate Wolf. After many years as a musical vagabond, with stops in Missouri, Florida and elsewhere, he settled in Western North Carolina in 1995, where he has been involved with many projects and styles. Dan founded the jazz band Skylark, featuring vibraphonist Jim Bily from Chicago and pianist Mark Sharon, which played regularly from 2004 until 2017 at downtown Asheville's premier venues. He's been with Lucky James for the past two years and is a valuable contributor to their acoustic "roots" sound.

Below are four recordings featuring Dan on bass:

1) Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

2) Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller

3) Straighten Up And Fly Right - Nat King Cole

4) If I Only Had A Brain - Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg

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