First Place Winner! - 2009 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Acoustic Blues Competition
First Place Winner! - 2009 Indie International Songwriting Contest in Folk/Acoustic
Second Place Winner! - 2009 Utah State Instrumental Championshps Finger style guitar
FESTIVALS this year:
2010 American River Music Festival Sept. 17-19, 2010 in Coloma (Placerville) CA.
2010 Mountain Music Festival July 9-11, 2010 at Snowbird (Salt Lake City) UT.
2010 Tucson Folk Festival May 1-2, 2010 in Tucson AZ.
HIGHLIGHTS from 2009 tour schedule:
2009 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Colorado -w/headliners: Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal, Jackie Greene...
2009 Mountain Music Festival Utah -w/headliners: Allison Brown, Cowboy Junkies, Son Volt, Daryl Scott, Greencards...
2009 Wildflower Festival Texas -w/headliners: Vance Gilbert, John Gorka, David, Wilcox, Susan Werner, Ellis Paul...
2009 Tucson Folk Festival Arizona -w/headliners: Todd Snider, Eric Anderson
Dana Hubbard is a warm and engaging personality on stage, singing, telling stories, and playing both guitar and harmonica at exceptional level! 2010 is headed toward another award winning year. In 2009 he was selected as a finalist in four national songwriter showcase competitions and two national acoustic blues competitions in which he garnered two 1st place wins!! He performed as a song competition finalist at Wildflower Festival in Texas, Mountain Music Festival in Utah and Tucson Folk Festival in Arizona, and was a finalist select at the West Virginia Appalachian Blues Competition. His CD, The Grounds Keepers, was included in the "Best of 2008" new releases list on 90FM WWSP's Acoustic Revival show.
Highlights from Dana's touring in 2008:
2008 HUMBOLDT HILL'S HOEDOWN Placerville, CA w/headliners: Sam Bush, Devil Makes Three, David Lindley and Laura Love w/Harper's Ferry
2008 AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL Placerville CA. -main stage and Earthtrek stage performance sets
2008 FOUNDERS FOLK & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL at Snowbird, UT; Songwriting Showcase Competition Finalist, Headliners: Sam Bush, Lori McKenna, Tim O'Brien and Peter Rowan
2008 TUCSON FOLK FESTIVAL Performer and Blues Harmonica Workshop Leader, Songwriter Showcase Competition Finalist and 3rd place tie winner.
2007 TUCSON FOLK FESTIVAL Finalist in Songwriting Competition
2005 SOUTH FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL Ft. Lauderdale, Finalist in Songwriting Competition
Dana has shared the bill and opened for: Sam Bush - Little Feat - Devil Makes Three - Albert King - Charlie Musselwhite - Chris Isaak - David Bromberg - David Lindley - David Wilcox - Etta James - Greg Allman - James Cotton - Joe Ely - Louis Walker - John Hammond - Johnny A - Jorma Kaukonen - Junior Walker - Norton Buffalo - Peter Wolf - Robert Cray - Roy Rogers - Sam & Dave
Born and raised on the Central Coast of California, he attended UC Santa Cruz only long enough to finish an elective course on country blues before he hit the road and never looked back. With his acoustic guitar, he busked the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco. He eventually put together his own band, The Delta Twisters which he led for over a decade in the burgeoning Blues scene playing clubs, juke-joints, biker-bars.
By the time Dana moved on to bigger venues and theatres, the guitar in hand had become electric and he began sharing the stage with legends like Albert King, James Cotton and Etta James and opening shows for artists like Greg Allman, Chris Isaak and Robert Cray. All this performance experience culminated in his first CD release, "Tummy Lust" which showcases his impressive guitar skills as well as his songwriting ability.
Dana returned to the acoustic guitar as his instrument of choice with the release of his second CD "Livin' Live". What Dana does with the guitar, using only his hands is amazing to watch and a joy to listen to. You hear the bass and the back beat rhythm along with the melody and chords. If you look around for his backup guitar, you won't find one. This is Dana, performing solo.
On his latest CD "The Grounds Keepers" each track is a single guitar performance with no overdubs, no re-makes. What you hear is a singer/songwriter front and center, addressing issues of environmentalism and social injustice in a voice that sometimes growls, sometimes lilts or laughs, but always with a twinkle in his eye. He has a social activist soul with a bluesman's grin.
Dana Hubbard -guitar, vocals and harmonica
THE GROUNDS KEEPERS -2008
LIIVIN' LIVE -2002
TUMMY LUST -1997