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12th November 2012

beverly mcclellan

Dan Reed returns with new album 'Signal Fire', released on the 18th February 2013 through Zero One distributed through Townsend Records.

Dan has spent the last few years on the road touring both with his band and as a solo artist – playing at festivals across Europe including Download and Sweden Rock. During this time Dan managed to take a six week writing break in a rented cabin on a small island off the west coast of Sweden. The unique surroundings influenced the new album 'Signal Fire', both musically and lyrically.

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'Signal Fire' was recorded at The Commune Studios in Portland, Oregon and at Zero One Studios in Prague. A much harder hitting record than the previous solo effort, 'Coming Up For Air', mirroring Dan's take on the current state of affairs in the world and realizing there was a great sense of musical power that takes shape when the new band is on stage, as opposed to the solace and calm of composing privately on the acoustic guitar.

Reed is subtly reaching back to his earlier roots musically, while keeping the intention of the last album in tact. From the title track 'Signal Fire' to acoustic shuffle of 'Soul Warrior', from the driving guitars of first single 'All I Need Is You' to the epic, melodic 'Last Leaf', this is a record that is infused with melody and showcases again Dan Reed's gift as a songwriter. The album was produced by Dan Reed and Rob Daiker.

'Signal Fire' is available to order now through a Pledge Music Campaign. For details on this and an exclusive listen to the album title track 'Signal Fire', visit –

Dan grew up nurturing his musical talents on a farm in South Dakota drawing inspiration from bands like Doobie Brothers, Kiss, Cheap Trick and Van Halen. But it wasn't until he moved to his birthplace of Portland, Oregon where his band, The Dan Reed Network, were signed by Polydor in 1987 and released three critical and commercially acclaimed albums between 1988 and 1992 and toured with Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and The Rolling Stones and many others.

In the 1990s Dan started an independent record company in his then hometown of Portland, Oregon to help promote local Northwest bands, while at the same time studying acting. Dan was cast in a number of plays and small role's in television and film projects.

Then Max Wasa, an old friend, musical producer and creator of Liquid Music Group, offered to take Dan out of the home studio and bring his music back in to the light of the public. Max enlisted her long time associate Clay Ostwald of Miami Sound Machine and with his partner Tommy Anthony of Red Rock Productions, they collaborated with Max and co-produced the tracks Dan had begun tracking back in Jerusalem, working with Israeli and Palestinian musicians alike.

This mix of cultures came about as a result of Dan spending four years living in India and Israel and informed Dan’s first solo record, 'Coming Up For Air', which was released in 2010.

Dan Reed will tour the UK in early 2013

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