Dan Rockett's need to explore music as a child was a natural obsession. From Neil Young's "Sugar Mountain" to The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever", he was engrossed by the powerful combination of lyric and melody. He began playing drums when he was seven, and then later switched to guitar in high school. While at Boston College, earning degrees in Literature, Secondary Education, Philosophy, and Theology, Dan's true passion became apparent as he began writing his own songs.
As a respected figure in the Boston music scene, and a following to prove it, he would find himself sharing the stage with some of his favorite artists such as, Los Lobos, The Flaming Lips, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Al Kooper, G. Love, Medeski Martin and Wood, Stevie Nicks & many other National Headliners. His presence & vocals as front man was so strong, that he was asked to front an All Star Tribute to Bob Marley, which performed two very special sold out shows. With Dan on lead vocals the band also included the legendary jazz drummer Bob Moses, Guitarists Vernon Reid of Living Colour and Eric Krasno of Soulive, bassist Keith Moseley of The String Cheese Incident, and B-3 player Paul Wollstencroft of Melvin Sparks' band.
Eventually, Dan moved to Los Angeles and released his Independent album, What I've Seen. His talent as a songwriter would attract the attention of legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Jane's Addiction). Mr. Ezrin took Dan under his wing and helped him to hone his skills as a writer and lyricist. He taught Dan the importance and weight of each word in good songwriting.
Dan's musical talents would also find him scoring films for Producer/Director Eric Eisner, and playing guitar on the Macy Gray album, Big, produced by Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am. Dan also had the honor of writing, performing, and producing the track "Sometimes I Cry", on the Tupac Shakur album, The Rose That Grew From Concrete. In 2008, Dan Rockett's talents were showcased on major network TV. CBS's "Numbers" featured two of Dan Rockett's songs; Prodigal Son on the "Money For Nothing" episode and "Life Is A Dream (Ryan's Song)" on the "Guilt Trip" episode.
With over 60 new songs, he would choose 12 to become the foundation of his new Rock and Roll concept album, Songs From The Black Market. Employing the help of producer Chuck Reed (Blue October, Motorhead, many others), Dan called on his friends to help him record this amazing work of art, and they answered with vigor. The studio band consists of:
Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta, Kudu) on Drums
Dan Rothchild (Beck, Fiona Apple) on Bass
Les Hall (Trey Anastasio, Crossfade) on Keys
Chris Woods (Beck,Christina Aguilera) on Violin
Alan Sovory (Lenny Kravitz) Background Vox
Avi Sills (Naked Rhythm) on Percussion
Kandace Lindsey (Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez) on Background Vox
Adrienne Woods (Kanye West) on Cello
Bob "Boo" Bernstein (Freddie Fender) on Pedal Steel Guitar
Eddie Baytos (Cesar Rosas, The Neville Bros.) on Accordian
Now, armed with this new album and the three greatest musicians he knows, Dan Rockett is bringing his very special brand of Rock and Roll to fans everywhere.
Dan Rockett: Guitar, Lead Vocals
Dorian Heartsong: Drums
Alex Howland: B-3, Piano, and Mono Synths
Marc Brunner: Bass
What I've Seen
Songs From The Black Market