“Ramblin” Dan Stevens performs a mix of traditional blues, early jazz, popular favorites and originals and has entertained audiences throughout the US, Germany, UK, Canada and Virgin Islands. His unique style of “bottleneck” slide playing popularized by early bluesmen includes use of a homemade, three stringed “Cigar Box Guitar” and one stringed “Diddly Bow”, both primitive blues instruments. A finalist in the International Blues Challenge on Beale St. in Memphis TN and protege of the legendary Dave Van Ronk, Dan has been lauded as a raconteur and for the authenticity of his approach.
At the young age of sixteen, Dan Stevens’ romantic streak was ignited by his first guitar teacher in Bellefonte PA who told him stories about the lives of traveling blues musicians like Mississippi John Hurt and Fred McDowell. After being inspired by Woody Guthrie’s book, “Bound for Glory”, the magnetic lure of the road captured his imagination and with a driving passion he hitchhiked and hopped freight trains guitar in hand across the United States five times, eventually covering over 100,000 miles.
” I have always been impressed by Dan’s command of the blues, both vocally and on the guitar. A hell of an all around entertainer!”
– the late, great Dave Van Ronk, NYC
“This troubadour of acoustic blues has the knack for capturing the essence of the blues. Dan Stevens will no doubt join the ranks of Paul Rishell and Keb’ Mo with strong cuts that convey authenticity.”
Baltimore Blues Society
“Dan Stevens is an acknowledged master in the acoustic blues scene. ”
Billtown Blues Assoc.