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Grandfather's Hat

by Jeff Daniels

Acoustic blues and fingerstyle guitar illustrated with vivid lyrics.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Orville Wright
3:48 $0.99
2. Are You As Excited
5:58 $0.99
3. Tomato Puddin'
3:42 $0.99
4. Grandfather's Hat
5:25 $0.99
5. Have A Good Life
4:40 $0.99
6. Middle of The Night
5:44 $0.99
7. Detroit Train
6:56 $0.99
8. Across The Way
6:54 $0.99
9. Forgive Me, Robert Johnson
5:45 $0.99
10. The Ballad of The Buckless Yooper
5:35 $0.99
11. Mile 416
5:30 $0.99
12. The Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues Revisited
5:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
When you think of “grassroots” and “down to earth”, you don’t normally think of a movie star. You especially don’t think of a movie star the caliber of Jeff Daniels. Yet that is exactly what Jeff has accomplished with his second CD release, “Grandfather’s Hat”.

With the follow-up album to “Live and Unplugged,” Daniels has proven that he is not an actor who sings, but an accomplished singer/songwriter who’s musical talent does not require the support of his acting.

Further proof of his talent is supported by the musicians Daniels has performed with over the last couple of years. Although it took him some time to feel comfortable on stage behind his guitar, Daniels’ confidence has matured with his songwriting, being invited onstage to perform a few songs with legends Lyle Lovett, John Haitt, and Guy Clark, during their rare “Songwriters” tour. Having his pal Keb Mo’ join Jeff on stage was equally rewarding (Jeff calls it a “free guitar lesson”). From time to time he’s also been fortunate to expand his shows to sold out venues outside of Michigan.

“Grandfather’s Hat” showcases Daniels’ range as a songwriter, from the laugh out loud humor of “Have a Good Life (Then Die)” to the quiet poignant lyrics of “Middle Of The Night”. His honest, sincere and relatable approach to the songs on the CD remind us of our own lives, hopes and dreams.

A Michigan native, Daniels never forgets his roots. The rowdy rendition of “Detroit Train” with guest artist, Alto Reed, saxophonist with Bob Seger’s “Silver Bullet Band,” is a fun, energetic, rock and roll tribute to the city that bares its name; On the first CD, “The Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues,” was a lament to the team with the second worst season in baseball history. On this CD, Jeff had the rare opportunity to rewrite the lyrics (“The Life Long Tiger Fan Blues, Revisted”) as an ode to the almost-World-Series-Champion team reinforcing again his love of all things Michigan.

Fans of Jeff’s popular original stage play, and independent feature film, “Escanaba In Da Moonlight,” have eagerly awaited the musical tribute to the subject, and he delivers with, “The Ballad of The Buckless Yooper”. Teaming up with the energetic foursome, “Steppin’ In It”, he spins the folk tale of Ruben Soady, the only man in Michigan’s Upper Pennsula never to bag a buck.

“Grandfather’s Hat” is an evolution of a career in motion. What started out as a means of raising money for the equity theatre he founded (The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan) has become a back road journey that taps into the storyteller’s head. But now it has a melody, as well as a story to tell. And if you happen to find your foot tapping along, then that would be just fine.
Proceeds of the sale of “Grandfather’s Hat,” benefit the Purple Rose Theatre.



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Great cd! Jeff, you've done it again. Especially "Have a Good Life".
I love this cd! Just as good, if not better than his first. If you haven't heard either of these, check them out! You don't know what you're missing. My favorites are Have a Good Life, The Ballad of The Buckless Yooper (just try not to sing along), and Tomato Puddin'. More, more more!


I love it!
This is an excellant CD filled with music such as Have a Good Life which is hilarious; Mile 416 which is very moving; Across the Way very thought provoking. There is something for everyone including Detroit Tiger fans! The guitar playing and the melodies are beautiful. Jeff has a way of telling the story in song. It is a great listen!

Jeff Daniels

Doing his thing
Nice music... would play well with The Saltminers in Detroit, though I don't think they've worked together yet. Jeff is really supportive of the Detroit music scene, but some of his videos are a bit cheesy.... Its an acquired taste, but once you get it in your mouth, you'll want more.

Gary Land

Jeff Daniels Granfathers Hat
Jeff Daniels has surprising vocal talents. He sounds like Arlo Guthrie, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, and writes songs like Greg Brown. The songs on this album seem to suggest that he is trying to find his own voice and the listener wonders which voice will ultimately emerge. These songs are alternately humorous and tender. While I laughed out loud listening to Have A Good Life, I really wished that Jeff would have written more in the vein of Grandfathers Hat, and Mile 416 but the whole CD is amazingly good and astonishingly well recorded live. I hope Jeff keeps writing and playing and I\'ll keep listening.

Matt Girton

Grandfather's Hat
Nice mix. Excellent album. Great picking!

Wes James

Jeff Daniels??? The actor???
Of "Dumb & Dumber" fame??? You're kidding... he's a singer/songwriter TOO??? Oh, boy is he! I heard him on satellite radio one day- doing "Are You As Excited" and was blown away... what a great "songwriters song"! Had to get the album. All live, as music is at its best- a wonderful listen if you love a great voice- singing great songs- accompanied by tasteful fingerpicked acoustic guitar live.