Victorian Room at The Driskill (604 Brazos St)
Artists: Dan Wilson
About: Dan Wilson is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and Grammy-winning songwriter. Over more than two decades, he has built a reputation as a writer of songs of uncompromising beauty and timeless artistry: a “songwriter’s songwriter” whose music has nonetheless many times graced the top of the popular charts. A member of the beloved and influential alternative band Trip Shakespeare in the late 80’s and early ‘90s, Wilson relentlessly toured the indie rock circuit with the group. Wilson’s next band, Semisonic, was formed when Trip Shakespeare announced an open-ended hiatus from performing. Semisonic’s second album, “Feeling Strangely Fine,” sold over 2 million copies worldwide and remains a touchstone of late-90’s alternative rock. “Closing Time” and “Secret Smile,” the band’s biggest hits, are familiar and recurrent radio presences in many countries. In 2007, Wilson released his first solo CD, “Free Life,” on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings label. Created in a series of loosely organized Mineapolis recording sessions, the album is a glorious hybrid of Wilson’s classic, personal acoustic songs and Rubin’s spare, naked-yet-sparkling rock production style. As a recording artist, songwriter and producer, Wilson has worked with some of the most celebrated figures in rock and pop music, artists of widely diverse styles and sounds: The Dixie Chicks (with whom he shared 2007′s Song of the Year Grammy for “Not Ready to Make Nice,”) Sheryl Crow, Mike Doughty (whose albums “Haughty Melodic” and “Golden Delicious” Wilson also produced), Jason Mraz, Rick Rubin, Carole King, Keith Urban, Josh Groban, KT Tunstall, Rivers Cuomo, Rachael Yamagata, Jewel, Adele, James Morrison, and Katy Perry, among many others. He is currently working on his second solo album in Los Angeles.