Dan + Shay
Where It All Began Tour, Cam
216 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN, 47404
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Dan + Shay
Some country duos come together in a writing room, others from crossing paths in a local bar. But in the case of soulful new duo Dan + Shay, the guys met in a rather unconventional venue: underneath a tent staked inside Dan's living room.
"We were having a party and didn't have enough money to pay for heat, so we went to the thrift store and tented out the whole living room," says Dan Smyers, a suburban Pittsburgh native who relocated to Nashville in 2010.
"I walked into that and we jammed until 4 in the morning, making up songs and singing for girls," continues Shay Mooney, originally of Natural Dam, Ark., with a laugh. "Dan and I clicked from the very beginning, and we ended up writing the very next day."
And nearly every day since. Influenced by such artists as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, along with a healthy dose of '90s rock and R&B, Dan + Shay penned songs that quickly gained the respect of fellow Nashville writers. Now, the pair's debut single, "19 You + Me," is catching the ear of radio listeners. Upon its release, it had the biggest first week by a new duo in trade publication Country Aircheck's history and was the most added debut of 2013 at country radio.
The harmony-rich song reinvents the popular theme of nostalgia through a flurry of evocative imagery: you were California beautiful, I was playing everything but cool; it was everything we wanted it to be, the summer of 19 You + Me.
"People are always asking us if it refers to being 19 years old or a year. We leave that open for interpretation," says Shay.
It's such clever, inventive wordplay that distinguishes the duo. They bring an educated yet hip slant to country lyrics, along with dovetailing vocals that lead some fans to assume the twentysomethings are brothers. They're not, but their harmonies are Everly-tight.
"We pour our hearts into everything we write and sing," says Dan. "We were two songwriters who were passionate about trying to write the best possible songs that we could and that's what this thing was formed around. It developed organically."
"What I love about the vibe that Dan and I have is we don't worry about what we say," continues Shay, citing song titles like "Stop, Drop and Roll" and "First Time Feeling." "When you're writing, you can't be scared to say anything."
That fearlessness is all over Dan + Shay's forthcoming album. Produced by Dan, along with co-producers Scott Hendricks and Danny Orton, the record is set to establish Dan + Shay as breakout stars.
And just maybe allow them to take down that tent in Dan's living room.
A fresh and heartfelt new force in country music that feels like home and sounds like the truth. Cam's country roots trace back to her grandparents ranch in Southern California: picture palm trees, horses, a blue barn and a tractor named Big Red. Her storyteller lyrics walk a romantic line between worldly wisdom and Disney charm, and judging by her fan base this sort of thing appeals to all of us. She writes music that exudes absolute comfort and trust in her own tastes. She is not afraid. Cam is the new kind of cool.
Cam is currently working with Grammy Award winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Beyonce, FUN., Bruno Mars, The Rolling Stones), & Tyler Sam Johnson (OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, P!NK!). Her recent songwriting cuts include Miley Cyrus' "Maybe You're Right" (Miley Cyrus Bangerz, 2013) & "Fall Madly In Love With You" (Maggie Rose Cut to Impress, 2013). People with ears and hearts, take heed! Cam's got something for both. Her new single, Down This Road, is now available on iTunes!
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