by Andrew Frisicano

Danielson (top, middle)& Dan Zimmerman (bottom)
Dan Zimmerman

Upon hearing Dan Zimmerman's music, his rich, distinctive, roasted baritone, somewhere in between Lee Hazelwood and Tom Waits, will be your first impression. It's all character, with nothing pretended or imposed. Dan's been singing since he picked up the guitar in 1957, and his resonance is pure experience. He's a Methodist preacher's kid turned '60s art-school van-gypsy, married by a swami, turned Northwestern mountain-man singing at lunch-hour for fellow workers at a tree-packing plant... And that's just the groundwork. Six years in the making, his new album, Cosmic Patriot, features Daniel Smith (Danielson), Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh), Josiah Wolf (Why?), Joshua Stamper, Jason Kourkounis (Bardo Pond) and many more. It captures the band and the man perfectly.[Glen Galloway @ Sounds Familyre]

Dan Zimmerman has scheduled two upcoming gigs with label founder Danielson to celebrate the release of his new album, Cosmic Patriot, out April 21st on Sounds Familyre. One is at NYC's Mercury Lounge on Friday, May 15th. (Tickets are on sale now.

Zimmerman's new disc is his first since 2001's Great Small, which was the Sounds Familyre label's first non-Danielson (and second overall) release. As on that record, Danielson and "Famile" appear in supporting roles on Cosmic Patriot.

All Danielson/Zimmerman tour dates, and an episode of Breakfast at Sulimay's where Danielson gets the Philly diner treatment, below...

Danielson - 2009 Tour Dates
05-01 - Audobon, NJ - The Auction House &&&
05-15 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (early Show)*
05-23 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero^^^

&&& w/ Dan Zimmerman (record release party), Ben + Vesper, Ortolan, Lenny Smith, Leopulde
* w/Dan Zimmerman
^^^ w/mewithoutyou record release party