Blues|Roots|Gospel artist Dan Hopkins plays a punchy brand of modern roots that has a distinct delta flavour with gospel overtones.
Dan creates an experience that could be described as Ash Grunwald, Eric Bibb and Paul Kelly meeting down at the crossroads.
This culminates in an emotionally driven journey down a sweetly plucked but often dirty slide-guitar-born road across the Southern blues idiom.
Winner of the Australian Blues Music Festival Busking Contest in 2016, Dan's dynamic finger style blues has recently enlivened audiences for Wendy Matthews, Mental as Anything and Sydney Blues Challenge winner (2014) Darren Jack.
Dan's smooth rich vocal tone, his dynamic finger style blues and dexterity on the slide guitar mixed with poignant lyrics create a highly versatile performer not to be missed.
As a Band, Dan Hopkins and the Generous Few swing from sweet urban country blues finger-style to swampy lap slide guitar playing, creating a smorgasbord of southern style foot-stomping folk, roots and blues that is both authentic and emotionally honest.
The band has performed a successful string of gigs in venues around Sydney such as the Basement and The Vanguard playing alongside notable artists including Pete Northcote, Jim Conway, Brian Campeau, Lou Bradley, Leroy Lee, Passenger and Adam Miller to name a few.
In 2010 Dan was a finalist in the busking by the beach contest at Narrabeen and numerous Songsalive contests.
He was also a top ten finalist in this 2010’s Music Oz awards in the Blues/Roots category ousted out only by the likes of Chase the Sun, Claude Hay and Dallas Frasca.
With uplifting appraisals from Khris Mazinski (Jeff Lang), Paul Gommersall (Kate Bush; Paul Weller; Sinead O’Connor) and Richard Cartwright (Platinum Entertainment) Dan and his crew are definitely a roots act on the rise.
Dan has recorded the EP Golden Girl at Soundshed Studios in 2010 and more recently a single dedicated to the plight of Asylum Seekers called Think Twice with Syd Green, which has received both JJJ and national airplay.
The songs often resonate from a place deep down but nothing short of a very entertaining delivery is what you can expect from Dan Hopkins and the Generous Few.
With a live sound contributed to by Kev Fry on Bass, Peter Harries on drums, the band is currently immersing themselves in the development of the debut album.
- Catch their free show at Crescent Head Country Club on Friday, May 26, from 7.30pm.
- Contact 6566 0268.