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Jeff Daniels | Live and Unplugged To Benefit The Purple Rose Theatre

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Live and Unplugged To Benefit The Purple Rose Theatre

by Jeff Daniels

The result: Daniels' debut CD, "Live & Unplugged - To Benefit the Purple Rose Theatre." From the first song, "If William Shatner Can, I Can Too," Jeff Daniels let's us know no one's having more fun with this than he is. With no shortage of fodder for hi
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If William Shatner Can, I Can Too
3:41 $0.99
2. The Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues
4:41 $0.99
3. Momma Never Left Her Oldest Boy Alone
5:03 $0.99
4. The Dirty Harry Blues
5:24 $0.99
5. Kathy
5:49 $0.99
6. If I Weren't So Stupid, You Wouldn't Be So Smart
3:33 $0.99
7. Blue Valiant
6:49 $0.99
8. You Can Drink An Ugly Girl Pretty
6:25 $0.99
9. State Trooper
5:24 $0.99
10. If You're Comin'
4:30 $0.99
11. Recreational Vehicle
12:58 $0.99
12. Michigan, My Michigan
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
I've been writing songs for over thirty years. I don't write hits. I don't send out demos to famous singers. I just write songs. They're my diaries. I had everything I've ever written in this big, black notebook. Some of them were typed, some were in long hand, but all of them had a time and a place that marked some moment in my life. If you really wanted to get to know me, you'd find me in there.

A few years ago, I was in New York finishing up the Final Mix of ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT. For those of you who've never mixed a film, it makes watching paint dry interesting. So while Steve Curran was slaving over every single sound in our epic tale of deer hunting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I sat in the back of the room typing three decades of my musical life into my computer. Like the teacher you never saw coming, I looked up and suddenly he was there. Through weary eyes, he asked me what I thought I was doing. I told him I was organizing my songs, getting ready for this little fundraiser at the Purple Rose Theatre in a couple months. It seems someone had suggested that if I were pushed out onstage with a guitar, people might actually pay money to see what happened. In the non-profit world of fundraising, this is known as a "good idea." Steve stared down at me with the stress of an eighteen hour day and no end in sight oozing from his pores, and he said, "You really should record the shows." I told him to turn around and finish tweaking the fart scene. He asked me what I was afraid of. I told him that in case he'd forgotten, I make my living as an actor, not an actor who sings. I said if I put out a CD there's a very good chance I'd be compared to William Shatner, to which Steve replied, "Sounds like a song to me." And then he turned around and said something about adding more bass to that flatulence.

So, in yet another desperate attempt to raise money, here it is. Along with the three years of sold out shows from which this CD was recorded, all proceeds from what you're about to hear go straight to the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan. And for those of you who love burning copies, do me a favor. Please try to remember where the money would go if your friends actually went out and bought it for themselves.
All of us at the Purple Rose will greatly appreciate it.

Hope you enjoy it.

- Jeff Daniels



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I bought the CD as a gift, so my review is meaningless.
I just got back from the UP, Ontonagon, to be specific. I didn't know people actually lived all the way UP there, eh?
I got the CD as a b-day gift for my sister,who lives in South Carolina, who wanted to know if Jeff Daniels was "someone you saw UP there"? I told her she was Dumb...and Dumber. She does, however, enjoy the CD. Thanks for asking. BTW, loved the pasties UP there.

jeff lawrence

multi talent in use
i listen to this on all my long drives i love your work and i am the greatest guitarist alive

Barbara MAthers

This CD is so relatable. From the first song to the last, I laughted and cried and remembered My first car, my first love, and my first trip in and R.V.


I am so impressed
I am so impressed with the talent displayed on this small example of your work. I am looking forward to seeing you in concert if ever in St. Louis. WHAT A GREAT PERSONALITY!
thank you so much!!!

Paco of Kalamazoo

Growing up in Michigan, this CD is my life!
I grew up in Michigan about the same era as Jeff! I've lived all of these stories (yes, even the RV)! Especially, getting pulled over in "da UP" on the Seeney Stretch! Jeff has written great songs and is a great folk singer! Hope to hear more soon!


This CD is hillarious!
This CD is a super funny CD. Being from Michigan the CD struck home and every song on it either made me laugh or cry. I thought it was tremendous and Jeff Daniels could rival John Denver on many of the songs for his talent and
was as funny as Jeff Foxworthy or any of the funny guys.

Bob Phelan

Absolutely loved this!
I was not aware that Mr.Daniels was also a gifted musician. What a joyous surprise.


More than an actor
Not only funny but also heartful. Of course at his best when laughter is envolved. I would buy tickets to this concert!! Great time listening Jeff, thanks.