Tribe House Blog
Posted : November 8th, 2011 by TribeHouse
“Art, I think, is purest when you’re fighting to make it, and it costs you something.” This is the heart of Mr. Daniel Huscroft. When it comes to looks, (in his own words) there is a lot of resemblance to a homeless person or a lumberjack but I personally think his voice reminds me of a mighty, yet beautiful grizzly bear. A stellar songwriter and all around good guy.
Daniel Huscroft & Co. just recently played at the Streaming Cafe and made a cameo appearance at the TribeHouse Summit where he, Ryan McAllister, & JJ Shiplett ripped up a few late night tunes together. They destroyed (in the best sense of that word) and filled Bo.ttega with 3 part harmonies that made you want to kiss an alpaca – it was that good.
He says the theme of longing that resonates in his music comes from “a longing to survive as an artist” which is probably why Dr. Huscroft dubs his music as “Kootenay Soul Roots.” His storytelling & overall vibe is disarming, refreshing, entertaining, raw, and proudly resembles his Creston, BC roots. Huscroft is the real deal. Here’s a video of one of the tunes from the other night. Enjoy, weep, and/or appreciate the gold we have in having Daniel in our neck of the woods. Some more vids of Daniel can be found here.
Here’s his official bio but make sure to visit his WEBSITE at some point in your life.
Behind the unpolished exterior of Daniel Huscroft’s bushy beard and dusty boots lies a masterful musician who cut his teeth on a piano, and picked up his first violin when he was five. He was schooled in Vivaldi concertos and old time fiddle; by 12 years old he had travelled the continent, competing nationally and performing alongside his musician father and sisters in the ‘Huscroft Family Band’.
In 2000 Daniel began playing guitar with U.S. recording artist Sarah Kelly, and went on to write for her first two major albums ‘Take Me Away’ and ‘Between the Lines’, both of which garnished Grammy nominations and further awards. During this period Daniel played and recorded with many of his heroes, including Slash, Gary Novac, Nick Lashley and Mike Clink (Guns & Roses). In 2003 Daniel returned to Canada and put together his own band in Calgary Alberta; “Strada” was a wildly popular Indie Rock band booked by Feldman, sharing tours with Switchfoot and Stabilo Tea Party, and winning numerous battle of the bands.
In 2006 Daniel began experimenting with an acoustic approach to his instrumental work, replacing the pick with his fingers. In Vancouver, BC he connected with singer/songwriters Ryan McAllister (Dakona, Maverick Records) and Barnaby McRae and recorded the ‘Cowboys & Indians’ album. His presence on the West Coast was quickly recognized, and led to session work on dozens of independent projects, including Canadian Idol, Miss Wisconsin’s album, and with producer Daniel Mendez (Dashboard Confessional, Duran Duran).
In the spring of 2010, Huscroft’s released his first solo album ‘Here is Just For Now’. Funded in part by a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, and co-produced by Daniel Mendez, the record is a stark departure from the electric guitar-driven rock and pop of his past. Recorded live with a fingerstyle acoustic guitar and full string section, the album abounds with what he calls “Kootenay moments”—tracks inspired by the generations of Huscroft’s who made their home and their lifeblood in the southern British Columbia, Canada hills and valleys. The result is a sense of haunting mountain solitude with unexpectedly sweet song and gruff soulful vocals that transition to serene falsetto and back again.
Even with the growing success of ‘Here Is Just For Now’, Huscroft continues to choose experience over security, and honesty over production. And out of that seeming disarray he’ll continue to produce perfectly orchestrated forest songs and mountain masterpieces.
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