By Derek Downham
Let’s hear it for...Dani Nash.
Dani Nash is a Toronto music staple of the highest regard. Top shelf.
From her small town beginnings, to her fully realized current state, she is living proof that music holds no boundaries.
I first met Dani years ago at The Dakota Tavern when she was a drummer in The Sure Things. As time went on, I watched her climb around the stage, picking up different instruments. The honky tonk/old school country material really suited her voice, at times evoking echoes of Dolly Parton and Wanda Jackson. This is just a touchstone of her ocean-wide influences. Her live performances demand repeat visits.
I know a lot of drummers. I’m very hard on myself and other drummers. Cymbals are sacred. Velocity is essential. Admittedly, I’m hard on drummers because I have also had the pleasure of playing with some of the best drummers in the country. I find most drummers to be this way. There’s nothing wrong with setting the bar high.
For me, it’s not about chops and fancy gear, it’s about laying it down, and building with a song. This is precisely what Dani does, and she should someday write a book on restraint, and the art of the long-distance groove.
Dani lends her talents to a myriad of projects around town (notably a part of Samantha Martin’s Delta Sugar, and Mondays at The Skyline with The Skyliners), and carries her unique vim and poise to every stage she occupies.
She’s also a great hang, which is important. I’ll never forget hanging with her the night Bowie died. She was my only saving grace, even though we were both devastated at the news.
It great to hear her personal sound grow from its more old school country roots into a more sensual, contemporary, vibe-heavy affair. Her guitar playing and songwriting talents have soared in recent years. She has been working with my dear friend Paul Pfisterer (The Beauties, Lazer) on this dazzling new material.
Dani is easily one of the hardest working musicians around, and it is a joy to watch her progression into a local legend.
Check this out. NIGHT MONEY