Vocals, Guitar, & Harmonica -
Things are unparalleled in the Midwest. It's the simple things that mean the most there. Hard work and even harder good fun will always rank near the top for the blue-collar population where Dan Buck was raised.
With the wind burnt collar of his leather jacket turned up against the night, his brown hair now giving way to a more distinguished silver tone, his faded blue jeans comfortably fit, Buck's rough-hewn exterior recalls that of the neighborhood rebel, now grown up. When he straps on his battered guitar and hits those first arresting chords, you know this guy is the real deal.
Weaned on the hard-driving industrial-strength rock 'n' roll of Chicago's Fox River Valley, Buck has, for three decades, traveled the same well-worn regional highways that eventually lifted Bob Seger, John Mellencamp and Ted Nugent into the international spotlight. Critics from all around the Heartland - Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburg, Buffalo, Toronto - point to Buck's riveting stage presence and proven ability to energize an audience and keep them in his sway as prime reasons for the success of his bands. The Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Variety and Billboard magazines were among the major publications that noticed his talents as a leader.
Buck's emotion-charged vocals and fire and brimstone stage style led the rough 'n' tumble Boyzz from Illinoizz to record two albums for CBS-distributed Epic Records, A series of whirlwind tours followed that read like a Who's Who of Rock & Roll, which included Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, Meatloaf, UFO, Cheap Trick and REO Speedwagon, to name, just a few. When that band's five year reign ended, he then formed Dirt's Raiders, which recorded an album for Atlantic Records, and two other subsequent bands, The Original Sinners and Dan Buck's Small Change, both recording on Down & Dirty Records, a small private label owned by Buck.
Now Buck continues his search for the heart of Saturday night in his songs, reverting back to his beginnings, championing the spirited lifestyle of youth, and preaching the timeless rock sermon in which he so believes.
Buck and his new band “Cool Rockin’ Daddies” which features Tadd King on guitar, Joe Gagliardo on bass, Jimmi Perrino on keyboards and organ, and Scot Kelly on drums, are ripping up festivals, concerts and clubs throughout the region. Treat yourself to a hard rockin’ R&B experience you won't soon forget!
Album: TOO WILD TO TAME (The Boyzz - 1978)
Tracks: 1. Too Wild To Tame 2. Hoochie Koochie 3. Wake It Up, Shake It Up 4. Shady Lady 5. Back To Kansas 6. Destined To Die 7. Lean 'N' Mean 8. Dianne Part II 9. Good Life Shuffle
Album: MID-WEST KIDS (The Boyzz –1979)
Tracks: 1. Overdrive 2. Who Do 3. Virgins 4. Good Bye To Jane 5. In His Room 6. Cruisin 7. Tonight 8. Him Or Me 9. For You Girl 10. Mid-West Kids.
Album: DIRT'S RAIDERS (Dirt’s Raiders – 1982)
Tracks: 1. The Raid 2. Precious 3. Give Me New Love 4. Little Bit Older 5. Bills 6. Walkin Talkin Sexy Thang 7. Give It Up 8. Who Do 2 9. Scream & Shout
It’s been one wild ride!
In part by sharing the stage
with these amazing artists:
Aerosmith, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Brian Auger, Joan Baez, Black Oak Arkansas, Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Blue Oyster Cult, Blues Brothers Horn Section, Savoy Brown, The Buckinghams, Cactus, Cheap Trick, Creedance Clearwater, Rick Derringer, Detroit, Karla DeVito, Lefty Dizz, The Doobie Brothers, Dr. Hook, Enuff Z'Nuff, Ellen Foley, Rory Gallagher, Guess Who, Heart, Anne Hills, Catfish Hodge, John Lee Hooker, Ian Hunter, J. Geils Band, James Gang, Joan Jett and Lita Ford (The Runaways), Judas Priest, Kansas, Albert King, Manfred Mann, Steve Marriott (Humble Pie), Dave Mason, Meatloaf, Steve Miller, Nazareth, NRBQ, Ted Nugent, Robert Palmer, Iggy Pop, Quicksilver, Rare Earth, Ratt, REO, Mick Ronson (David Bowie), Rush, Michael Smith, Jimy Sohns (The Shadows of Knight), Ruby Star, Status Quo, John Kaye & Steppenwolf, Styx, Jon Hiseman's Tempest, Tower of Power, George Thorogood, Pat Travers, Triumph, Leslie West (Mountain), UFO, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash