At just 24, Dan Bettridge already stands up with the kind of growl and swagger you’d expect from a blues and soul singer twice his age. The young artist not only knows his Stax from his Motown, but his penchant for fast muscle cars makes him cut from the same cloth as some of the wildest musicians to come out of Nashville.
Dan however, has the virtue of hailing from Ogmore-By-Sea in the Vale Of Glamorgan; an unlikely stage for one of the most compelling and authentic emerging voices in soul; in Dan’s case, it’s a style honed from his parents’ record collection (Cat Stephens, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan) – one that provided a perfect range of classics to inspire an artist with the kind of raw, scratchy drawl and guitar ability to conjure comparisons to the likes of Caleb Followill or Van Morrison, even glimpses of Frank Ocean’s “Blame”.
His debut release, the stripped-back, beautiful Hunter’s Heart EP – was embraced by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and rarely, also by Dermot O’Leary on BBC R2, showing an immediate ability to engage listeners across the tastemaker and classic spectrum. Following a debut BBC Introducing session at Maida Vale and supporting the likes of Band of Horses on their UK tour last year, Dan releases this new track “Heavenly Father” with new releases “Blame” end of October. Dan’s forthcoming debut album is to be released in Spring 2018.
Playing the likes of The Great Escape, Green Man and Festival No.6 as well as Canadian Music Week last year, Dan plays his own UK tour October 1st-11th with Allman Brown, including a headline Cardiff show on October 8th as part of Swn Festival.
Speaking on the track, Dan states: “Heavenly Father has a couple of different meanings behind it. It’s one of the ‘questions’ in my debut album, meaning it’s purely inquisition for me. I didn’t try to answer some great question, which felt refreshing. Asking some things about my personal life and the way I see the external world too – their relation to each other.”
See below for his upcoming tour dates:
EDINBURGH – 1st Oct
GLASGOW – 2ND Oct
LEEDS – 4th Oct
MANCHESTER – 5th Oct
BIRMINGHAM – 6th Oct
BRISTOL – 7th Oct
CARDIFF (Headline) – 8th Oct
BRIGHTON – 9th Oct
LONDON – 10th Oct
PORTSMOUTH – 11th Oct