SongVault Artist Profile
Texas, United States
Electric Blues / Singer/Songwriter
The original progressive blues, jazz/rock fusion, and classic rock sound of Tioga Dan “gives your ears something to think about”.
With musical influences as varied as CSNY, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Beatles, the band members provide a solid backbone for the insanely accurate guitar phrasings and relevant original lyrics of “Tioga” Dan Sloane.
Guitarist and writer “Tioga” Dan Sloane grew up in a musical family. His Dad was a champion fiddler and well respected in country circles in the 50s and 60s. Dan played his first gig at age 12, graduated with a B.A. Summa Cum Laude (Roanoke '86) in music and did graduate work at North Texas in jazz studies and composition. He is a veteran of the Jimmy Dawkins Blues Band and Jimmy B. Cadillac in Chicago. Published writer and owner of one regional hit in 1983. Dan and Tom formed Seer in 1985 to play fusion instrumental music and with only 4 personnel changes since, has evolved into what is now “Tioga Dan”.
A 2nd generation internationally known fine arts painter, Tom Vannortwick has played drums professionally for over 35 years. As former land speed record holder, Tom once owned the fastest ‘32 Ford east of the Mississippi. Tom is a sought after pinstriper and hot rod builder and has been featured in Street Rodder Magazine more than any other artist since 1990. He has opened for many known acts over the years and was a founding member of Cimmaron. Has played with Dan since 1972.
Don Quackenbush is well known in the area as a singer and lead guitar player with The Kings. Don has been on stage with or opened for numerous known acts in the past and has worked consistently up and down the east coast since the eighties. First time playing with Dan but the two have been friends since childhood.
As a founding member of Echoes Farm, in the mid 80's to early 90's, bass player Dave Perry played up and down the East Coast from New York to Florida, and headed west through Ohio and Alabama. They averaged about 150 shows per year and shared the stage with well know acts such as Little Feat, Wide Spread Panic, Phish, and Indecision.