On his recent My KUTX episode, Austin’s Dan Dyer split his guest DJ hour into two halves. He talked about how soul singers like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder were his unofficial vocal coaches. Later in life, Dyer revisited the country music of his youth growing up in Tool, Texas and started drawing from Willie Nelson and Townes Van Zandt.
Dyer’s playlist is a perfect summation of his own music: he’s a soul singer in a singer-songwriter’s boots (or maybe it’s the other way around). He’s a musical veteran at this point, working with Lenny Kravitz and releasing a vast amount of songs over the past two decades. Dyer’s new album, Feast Of Light, is slated for a spring unveiling, and he’s warming up with a few shows this week. Tonight, you can catch him solo at Geraldine’s at Hotel Van Zandt at 9 p.m., and this Friday, Dyer is at Lambert’s at 9:30 p.m. with a full band. Last month, Dyer showed off his ode to “Marfa, West Texas, and welding” in the form of the hilarious and charming “It’s Time To Bend.” Download a Studio 1A version of the song below.