Danny Holien – Danny Holien (1972)
Danny Holien grew up in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. He came west to Colorado and wrote songs that inspired Denver’s Tumbleweed Records to produce this,his self-titled LP in 1972.
As Holien recalls: “A friend of mine had moved out to Colorado. He said there
was all kinds of work, so we moved to the ghetto and starved for quite awhile. We played some ski resorts, but it wasn’t the big hot-shot clubs, it was on the edge. The whole band lived in a house together.”
That friend was Steve Swenson who played bass on the album and also was a session musician along with Holien and Robb Kunkel on other Tumbleweed releases including Dewey Terry’s “Chief” in 1972. Swenson would eventually change his name to Dusty Drapes and along with Don Debacker and Dan McCorson form Dusty Drapes And The Dusters.
Tumbleweed Records was a small independent label owned by Bill Szymczyk
who had success producing Blues legend B.B. King, and signing and producing
The James Gang. This is a very well crafted LP that although falls in the rural rock category, has elements of eastern psych,(“Satsanga”) jazz,(“Red Wing”) rock, (“Wella Wella Isabella”)blues,(“Labor Man”)and of course,the C,S & N inspired “Colorado”. (Prairie Prince Minsky)
- Wella Wella Isabella
- Red Wing
- Strange One
- Labor Man
- Song Of Thanksgiving
- Lino The Wino