Dan + Shay release new music
Friday, June 22, 2018
– Dan + Shay release their third disc today, a self-titled effort. The hit "Tequila" is the lead single from the 11-song set. All but one song included songwriting contributions from Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Kelly Clarkson guests with vocals on "Keeping Score."
The late John Duffey of The Country Gentlemen and The Seldom Scene receives the tribute treatment in "Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey" from Smithsonian Folkways. THe 17-song release was produced by Akira Otsuka and Ronnie Freeland, who assembled a cast of musicians to reinterpret songs. The list includes Bela Fleck, David Grisman, Eddie and Martha Adcock, Mike Auldridge, Alan Bartram, Wayne Benson, Ronnie Bowman, Sam Bush, Dudley Connell and John Cowan.
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Dan + Shay
The track list on Dan +Shay's self-titled third album has a song crediting Kelly Clarkson as a featured vocalist. Upon a full listen, you will think they forgot about a few others. The disc features the duo's contemporary sound that mirrors many artists in the genre. The lead-off track, "Alone Together," evokes Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and is half of the only seven minutes on the tidy 35-minute collection that represent anything near up-tempo.
The duo puts the ballads on »»»
Dan Myers and James Shay Mooney came from different parts of the country (Allegheny County, Pa. and Arkansas, respectively) and met in Nashville where each was tracking the well-worn path to country music success. They began writing songs together a little over three years ago, already have a hit album ("Where It All Began") and now have another tiger by the tail.
Dan + Shay know a hook, can write songs and have identified a sweet spot in the formula of country music success. »»»
Where It All Began
Dan + Shay debut with a likable disc, if your bent is the Rascal Flatts world of country. In fact, Dan Smyers of Pittsburgh and Shay Mooney of Arkansas come mighty close to mimicking the longstanding country stars with the biggest difference that they're a duo and Rascal Flatts is a trio. Perhaps the similarities ought come as no surprise because the duo started writing the day after they met in Nashville in December 2012. Guess who placed their first song on hold? Rascal Flatts. »»»