Dan Stitt began playing music as a child. He recieved a guitar from his parents as a gift and began plucking away at it. He then heard Roy Clark play on the television and vowed he would soon "play just like that". Here he is 39 years later still...
Dan Stitt began playing music as a child. He recieved a guitar from his parents as a gift and began plucking away at it. He then heard Roy Clark play on the television and vowed he would soon "play just like that". Here he is 39 years later still playing guitar, singing, songwriting and blowing harmonica.Dan played music all over Western P.A.,Ohio, Florida and now has begun playing in his new home state of Alabama. His music has taking him from playing bars, honkytonks, big out door jamborees, opening for big name acts, to Orlando resorts and many other in between venues.Just recently he was featured on "Talk of Alabama", An Television morning show on ABC 33/40. This station is out of Birmingham,AL. He was also featured in the Starscapes section of the Newspaper "The Anniston Star" in an Q&A about his songs he has written and his Demo "Two Beers Away". Dan recieved the name "Rodeo" after a band member in Florida witnessed his "wild ride" on a unbroke horse. The name stuck with him and now is used as his stage name. Rodeo writes "Real Life" music and he has either lived it or has close friends who have. His music has a traditional quality with alot of Western swing drive. It has been described by Phil Lister of Red Horse Records in Nashville as "Traditional Country with a new Concept". When asked about it Rodeo replies "its just real life and real life is too funny not to write about". His band mates, consist of a phenomenal group of guys. Jeff "Abe" Needels~ Bass Player, Lead Vocals, Harmony vocals. Jeff also came from W. PA. He began playing music as a teenager and joined Rodeo's band "Midnight Rodeo". they toured all over W. PA. and Ohio. When the band went seperate ways. Jeff played with several cover bands and never strayed to far from his music.He now lives in Nashville with his Wife and children. John Kelly, drummer, lead singer and harmonies.
Local singer likes to put humor in his country son by The Anniston Star Local singer likes to put humor in his country songs By Deirdre Long Entertainment Editor 04-02-2009 Photo: Special to The Star Dan "Rodeo" Stitt knows his songs are a little goofy, but that...
Local singer likes to put humor in his country son by The Anniston Star Local singer likes to put humor in his country songs
By Deirdre Long
Photo: Special to The Star
Dan "Rodeo" Stitt knows his songs are a little goofy, but that doesn't stop him from writing them.
The way I look at it, they're real, true life," Rodeo, as he's known in the industry, said recently about his songs. "A lot of people think country music is all about heartbreak and all that. Well, a lot of times a breakup ain't a heartbreak anyway — you're glad to see him or her go. If you look at it, there's really a lot of humor involved in it."
Stitt has been writing and playing country songs for years, first in his native Pennsylvania, then Florida, and now he has a home in Wellington with his wife and two daughters. He released his first album, a five-song EP titled Two Beers Away last year, and is currently working on a full-length album.
You can catch Rodeo and the rest of his band live at the Rabbittown Café and Fiddlers Hall in Piedmont on Friday.
Here's Rodeo's descriptions of the songs on Two Beers Away.
Two Beers Away"
Anyone when they're young and going out … I'm sure you've heard terms like that before. I've heard women use the same thing. "I'll just drink two more beers and she'll be good looking or he'll be good looking." That's what that's about. It's got kind of a western swing beat.
I Know She's Heavy (But I'm Hard Up)"
That's an actual true story. I came walking in to a place called Shucky's Oyster Bar. We had already played there Friday night and we were playing Saturday night also and a buddy of mine came walking up, and I could tell he was half lit up, and he says 'Hey, I know she's heavy, but I'm hard up.' And I said 'What are you talking about?' and he said 'Well, this girl, she's really ugly, but I don't care, 'cause I've been drinking.' And I said 'You know what?' and I was just joking with him, 'I heard her saying the same thing about you over there to her friend.' And we both started laughing about it and I thought, well that's a song right there. You know, a lot of guys look at it and they're always the prize. They think they gotta have the prettiest girl. They don't even consider that the women are looking at them the exact same way. You ain't no prize either, but I'll settle.
Dang You're Ugly"
The same guy (who inspired "I Know She's Heavy") inspired that song. One day he came into work and said 'You ain't gonna believe what happened to me just now. I was riding on my motorcycle and I pulled up to this light and this really good-looking girl pulled up and smiled at me. So I raised my visor up and smiled back at her and she said 'Dang, you're ugly!' and took off.' It just kind of stuck in my head and I got to thinking about one of the gags on Benny Hill. They would have the hood of a car up and some girl that's really built bent over the hood working on the car. Benny would hit his brakes and she'd turn around and it's really a guy, had a beard and no teeth and everything. It was just a hilarious gag.
Daddy's Home Hug"
That's just about my little girl. When I get home, Gracie comes running out and she always yells "Daddy's home!" and grabs onto me and I spin her around. It's just a ritual. She still does it today, she was three when I wrote that, she's five now. Now I got another little girl, she's 19 months, so I got to write her a song because I wrote Gracie a song.
I Love Cats"
That is just goofy. I don't really know how I came up with that. I was down in Florida and my bass player's wife loved her cat. It was a really cool cat. I like cats, in fact we have a couple at the house, I've got nothing against cats. My wife also had a big, mean coon cat that was like the size of a lion. I mean, it was huge. And I'd always talk about how we oughta put him in the crockpot or something. It was just the way I teased her. I just went out on the back porch one day with the guitar and just wrote that goofy song, really just to tease her. And then I wanted to make sure my bass player's wife heard it. And she hated it. She took it serious, I guess.
For more information about Rodeo, go to www.myspace.com/rodeoofficial.
When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Where: Rabbittown Café and Fiddlers Hall, 900 Rabbittown Road, Piedmont
How much: $5
Contact: 435-8008 (weekends) or 435-3987 (Monday-Friday evenings)
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