Born in Liverpool, England and raised in Detroit,
Dan Minard grew up being influenced by bands from the British Invasion & Motown, respectively.
His mom liked artists such as Cleo Laine & Billy Joel, while his dad listened to Johnny Cash & Mercer. He learned the craft of singing & songwriting with fellow artists David Blair, Sean Fitzgerald, Audra Kubat, Sista Otis,Dale Wilson, Mike Anton, and Alison Lewis. He learned that even though they played acoustic instruments, that playing songs from different genres gave them a wider respect for the arts & and a diverse audience. He moved to Nashville & just recently came back to Detroit ,
with the encouragement of his friend, Emily Rose.
He can be seen playing all over, as well as the venue you've come to see him at today.
He's blessed to have a great community of friends
It wasn't really what I would call an embarrassing moment but it wasn't great either. I was trying to play this Beatles song that was really hard to rehearse, during this 3 hour set. I noticed that's sometimes when I'm rehearsing, it's harder to play than when you're actually playing in front of a crowd. It was their song, "Just to Dance with You". The crowd had thinned out to the point that there was actually only one person sitting in the audience listening to me. I figured I had nothing to lose so I started playing it and had so many crazy stops and starts, and flubs that it about a minute-and-a-half in to it, I just looked at the guy and said:" I think it might be a good idea for me to stop right now." We both laughed for probably just a second too long.. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
I had a really cool right-handed Epiphone that was the color red, that I had converted to a left-handed guitar because I'm a lefty. It had the best action, and it was so easy to keep tuned. I eventually moved away and ended up leaving it behind. It was my first and probably best electric guitar. But sometimes you have to move on.