Dan Brodie

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Dan Brodie
Born 1974 (age 39–40)
Origin Australia
Genres Singer-songwriter, Rock n Roll, Alternative
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1998 - present
Labels EMI, Last Call Records, Beast Records, Fat Swine Records
Associated acts Luxedo, Dan Brodie and the Broken Arrows, Dan Brodie and the Grieving Widows

Dan Brodie (born 1974) is an ARIA Award nominated singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Australia.

His debut EP, I'm Floatin' Mama was independently released in 1998; followed by his debut album, Big Black Guitar in 1999. Backed by The Broken Arrows which featured his brother Chris Brodie on slide guitar, Craig Williamson (These Immortal Souls) on drums and Dan Kelly on bass, Brodie signed to EMI who re-released his debut album. Both the EP and debut album were produced by Maurice Frawley and engineered by Dave McCluney at Atlantis Studios in Melbourne.

During this period Brodie also joined dirty swamp rockers, Luxedo, on bass, the lineup also including Tom Carlyon (Devastations, Standish /Carlyon) on lead guitar and vocals, Emilie Martin on violin and guitar and Jamie Coghill on drums, contributing to the debut LP, "Beauty Queen" and the follow up, "City Lights and Roadkill", departing In 2001 to concentrate on his solo career.

Brodie's second album, Empty Arms, Broken Hearts was issued in 2002 and featured vocals by You Am I's Tim Rogers. Featuring the singles "Take A Bullet" and "Jesus, Try And Save Me" the album scored Brodie two ARIA Award nominations for Best Male and Breakthrough Artist. The album was engineered by Oz Fritz (Tom Waits) and produced by John Wooler (Iggy Pop, John Lee Hooker) 2002 also saw Brodie sign with French label, "Last Call Records" and tour extensively throughout France in the same year.

A critically acclaimed 'solo' album entitled Beautiful Crimes was released in 2005 that veered away from country into a more indie rock sound and was produced by Barry Palmer of Hunters and Collectors.

In addition to releasing his own albums, in 2010 Brodie appeared on the Paul Kelly produced Maurice Frawley tribute album, Long Gone Whistle – The Songs of Maurice Frawley, performing the Frawley track, "Roll me" to a sold out audience at the Esplanade hotel in St Kilda, Australia with Dan Kelly, Tom Carlyon (Devastations, Standish/Carlyon) and Kiernan Box (Augie March) as well as the final song of the evening, "Everybody's Talking" with the Working Class Ringos.

Taking an extended break from touring with a band and in search of inspiration, Brodie spent several months playing solo shows in New York City and Austin, Texas and also took a lengthy sojourn to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, returning to Australia to record the independently released, My Friend The Murderer (2011). Spanning eleven tracks, the album was recorded at Headgap Studios in Melbourne, Australia by Brent "Sloth" Punshon (Adalita) and for the first time showed off Brodie's newly formed backing band, the Grieving Widows, featuring Chris Brodie (Dallas Crane/Broken Arrows) on bass and Dave Nicholls (Ian Rilen/Spencer P Jones) on drums.

Brodie has toured extensively in the US, UK, France, Spain and New Zealand and he has played iconic venues such as CBGBs in New York, The Exit/In in Nashville, The Continental in Austin and The Olympia in Paris. He has a reputation as a formidable live performer with acclaimed festival appearances at the Big Day Out, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Splendour In the Grass, Darnius Festival in Spain and the Binic Folk Blues festival in France.

In 2012, Brodie, with his band The Grieving Widows, signed with Beast Records in France, completing a successful 25 date European tour and bringing a whole host of new fans to his music.

The year 2013 sees the release of Brodie's fifth album, a largely "solo acoustic" effort, Deep Deep Love which was recorded and mixed over five days by engineer, Mark Kelson. Deep Deep Love contains eleven songs all written by Brodie over fifteen years in various locales, both overseas and closer to home. The concept of the album came about when he realised how many songs hadn’t found homes on his previous records.

“These songs are my lost and found collection,” stated Brodie in a recent interview. "Lean On Me" was originally demoed for my band, The Broken Arrows and "Falling For You" was written in a St Kilda share house when I lived with Robbie Rocket (Cosmic Psychos), Shane Walsh and Ian Rilen (Rose Tattoo). "Fallen Down Again" is a stab at an Ennio Morricone type song, just because every songwriter ought to try at least one spaghetti western song in their career and the new single Tear us down questions a relationship that may be heading for troubled waters."

Deep Deep Love also features minimalist backing of double bass by Dean Schulz (Headbelly Buzzard, Suzannah Espie) the sweet harmonies of Layla and Rhianna Fibbins (Sideshow Brides) and Grieving Widow's alumni Chris Brodie and David Nicholls on guitar and drums respectively.

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • I'm Floatin' Mama EP (1998)^
  • Big Black Guitar (1999)^
  • Make Me Wanna Kill EP (2001)^
  • Empty Arms, Broken Hearts (2002)^
  • Beautiful Crimes (2005)~
  • My Friend The Murderer (2011)+
  • Deep, Deep Love (2013)~

Singles

  • "Hurricane" (1999)^
  • "I Love You, Baby" (2000)^
  • "You Make Me Wanna Kill" (2001)^
  • "Take a Bullet" (2002)^
  • "Jesus, Try and Save Me" (2002)^
  • "I Hope That We Get Home Tonight" (promo only, 2003)^
  • "Sunday Mourning/Wanna Shine" (2005)~
  • "Sweetheart" (promo only; 2005)~
  • "Lower Me Down" (promo only, 2011)+
  • "(We Gotta) Deep, Deep Love" (promo only, 2012)~


^ Dan Brodie and the Broken Arrows
~ Dan Brodie
+ Dan Brodie & The Grieving Widows

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