Dane Drewis’ love for music and passion for live performance came to fruition during his six year stretch as the front-man for rock/funk band Cuesta Drive. While singing, composing, and playing guitar for the band, Dane wrote and produced three records with Cuesta Drive.
In 2010, Dane released his solo debut “Rock & Soul.” An album defined by crisp vocal harmonies, precise guitar work, and a solid rhythm section. The distinct and versatile songs take their cues from the rock, blues, and soul music of the 60’s and 70’s. Vocally, the album showcases Beatle-esque harmonies and the melodic stylings of the Motown era. Other aspects were largely influenced by the lead guitar work of prodigies like Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Page.
Dane’s distinct sound encompasses the range of his influences, taking cues from pop, jazz, rock, r&b, reggae, folk, soul, and blues. "Rock & Soul" calls upon all of his immediate family members for their talent and support. Janel and Deena Drewis can be heard throughout the album on vocals, guitars, keyboards and percussion, while his parents, Dale and Janet Drewis, provide bass and vocal harmonies respectively. The Dane Drewis band is currently touring to promote the new release with Dale Drewis (Father) on Bass/vocals and Jason Weed on the drums.
The refreshing take on Classic Rock proves to be a formula for success as Dane was recently featured on the Submerge Magazine cover, “Insights” on NPR, and several TV appearances which have spurred a rabid fan base up and down the West Coast.
The live show combines sultry originals with an uncanny stage presence that critics are calling “one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen…their live performances are even better than the recordings.”
“Rock & Soul” evolves with the help of accredited producers, and collaboration with decorated songwriters and musicians. The album is being considered for placement in various film and TV licensing opportunities. The production is cutting edge, while the music itself remains timeless.