A lot of my shows are performed solo, but whenever
joined by my band the D's. All
the letter "D". Crazy, eh?
If you've ever talked with them before or after a show,
are wonderful, sincere, easy going
beings. Judging from the response
we get, I think that comes
across on stage, as well.
- Dennis Warner
DAN NEALE - guitar, mandolin and vocals
One of the most sought after musicians in the Midwest, Dan Neale is well respected both on stage and in the studio. Among his many accolades, he was also the regular fill-in guitarist for Pat Donohue on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion".
Danny and I first teamed up in 1996 when
I decided to shift back to a more folk, acoustic sound. At the time, my guitarist Paul Diethelm was asked to join the Jonny Lang Band after Jonny signed his A&M record deal.
Paul's departure left big shoes to fill. Tommy Vee told me about a guitar player he saw in Minneapolis with the Martin Zellar Band. Danny was and continues to be the perfect fit for my music.
||DERRICK RAITER - cajon, djembe, congas, bongos, various percussion stuff and vocals
Also around 1996, with the Perfect Morning CD in the works and my shift back to an acoustic sound, I decided to steer away from the full drum kits of my previous three albums, instead moving toward hand percussion.
Enter college student and percussion major Derrick Raiter on Congas. Through the years, Derrick has added djembe (pictured) and in 2007 began mastering the cajon, AKA "The Box". While it's now a popular instrument with bands, Derrick was one of the first regular cajon players in Minnesota.
While Derrick tells me the cajon originated somewhere in South America, I think it resembles a wood duck house, probably invented in Iowa by a bored Norwegian farmer during a cold, lonely winter...
Whoever invented it, it sounds cool and we love it!
DENNIS (DK) KENNEDY - marimba, harmonica, various percussion toys and vocals.
The newcomer to the group, DK joined us in 1999 when I started recording the My World CD and needed someone to play harmonica on a couple of waltzes I had written.
To HIS dismay, we discovered that he too (like Derrick) was a percussion major in college and played a lot of instruments, including the marimba.
So now the harmonica player in our band carts around more toys and equipment than the rest of us. Funny how that worked out...