Den Hanrahan is a singer/songwriter, storyteller, guitar, banjo and harp player, stomp-box stomper, front bar larrikin and outback romper. His raucous ballads collide all over the history of a misspent youth in a country with enough bushrangin’, pub-brawlin’, truck-drivin’, gold-pannin’, wombat-neckin’, mutton-stealin’ lore to fill a thousand more.
He plays like he drives, fast and ferocious, burning out motors and his good wife’s patience as he treks the country, rocking roadhouses, festivals and pubs. Bold and bodacious, his shows can be as alarmingly intimate as they are good old-fashioned fun.
With a swag of influences everywhere from Steve Earle, through Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams to Ryan Adams, Hanrahan clearly worships at the church of Americana. But his Australian take on the time-honoured traditions of bluegrass and country rock have helped forge a new sound.
In cahoots with such outfits as The Re-Mains, Glenys Rae Virus and Jeremy Edward’s Dust Radio Band he’s part of a new wave of Australiana – that new sound is Country Rock and Roll. Born out of traditional country and rocknroll roots, it’s incorporated the fiery originality and protest ethic of Dylan and Cash with the independent righteousness of alternative rock.
Discography: 2004 – He launched his self-titled debut EP at the 2004 Tamworth Country Music Festival – promptly selling out the first pressing – and in March 2004 he scored a publishing deal with Shock Music Publishing Pty Ltd. 2008 – After a year in the recording studio with the brilliantly talented Michael Roberts (‘Black Crow Callin’ – Karl Broadie) Den’s much anticipated debut album, RED DUST was released on Vitamin Records on November 3. 2010 – Release of the long awaited ‘Black Swamp Road’ Record. This record gives an indication of his roots in traditional American music. Bill Chambers: ‘I think Den is one of our great Australian songwriters with a powerful voice to match and his live show blows me away… Pete Paterson, Shock music publishing: “Watching Den play reminds you of the reason you like music, he has the passion and the talent” Stuart Olds, musicworks.co.uk. “…Hanrahan has the vocal presence to transform standard beer joint country rock into something above par – and its damn good fun! Yeehaa!” …. Iain Sheddan, The Australian. ‘…Thank God for Den Hanrahan and the Flood they saved Tamworth festival this year’