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After the ultimate demise of his rock ‘n’ roll group Attack in Black, the Welland frontman-turned-singer- songwriter Daniel Romano shifted focus and started on a solo career to call his own.

Romano just released his fourth album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ on New West Records this past June, and has been relentlessly touring in support of it.

“I’m away for most of the year, so the Niagara Region is what I will always call home and what I will always come back to,” Romano said.

If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ was self-produced by the well-dressed Romano in Welland, and the Niagara artist explained that he has a special affinity to the region.

“[Welland] is the place I make [music] and refine it and record it. It has been for 15 years, and it will continue to be,” he said.

While Romano performed most of the instrumentation on the album, but when performing live, he’s joined by his backing band The Trilliums.

“The music as a performance is still a collaborative effort in a lot of ways. I’ve had to find the very best people to play with in order to relieve myself of over rehearsing,” Romano said.

“These people I have with me now are all bringing something beyond their personalities to the table. We are all the trees blowing. And the wind is another thing I can’t explain. All I know is the movement is there and the air is nice.”

Romano’s 2013 LP Come Cry With Me was released to critical acclaim and was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize and received a Juno nod for Roots & Traditional Solo Album Of the Year. Come Cry With Me, set the modern day crooner on a path to further his career.

Romano, who got his start in punk bands before taking his songcraft into waters populated by French pop, Lefty Frizzell, ‘80s country, Leonard Cohen’s grace and Bob Dylan’s shape-shifting, casts a vast net.

One to eschew labels, he created his own: Mosey. “Mosey music is a study in contrasts. There’s glitz and grit, reveling and wallowing...Mosey music’s pioneers wore their battered hearts on sequined sleeves.”

If I’m Only One Time Askin’ was handled and released on New West, putting him in company of Steve Earle and John Hiatt among others; artists that Romano has a high level of respect for, “as anyone without a buried head would”.

“It’s nice company of course. The label itself is a diamond in the rough. They genuinely care for their artists and happen to be the people who immerse themselves in music beyond their positions,” he explained.

“In fact, they all seem to work to the highest level and with true passion. That is not very common for anyone in the music ‘business’ that I’ve ever known and I consider myself lucky to have people like that working with me.”

In addition to performing his own music, Romano has also worked on the production side, or lending his talents otherwise with other artists and groups such as The Luyas, Fred Squire, Julie Doiron and The Weather Station. He’s also worked with special guest Steven Lambke and his project Baby Eagle.

Romano will be the first musician to play a rock ‘n’ roll and country set in FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s Robertson Theatre as part of the Opening Celebration Weekend.

“To have a celebrated local artist like Daniel Romano make history by being the first to perform in our black box space is an inspiring start for us and the music community at large,” explains Sara Palmieri, FirstOntario PAC’s Programming and Marketing Manager. “This is an all-ages show in a stand-up general admission rock n’ roll set-up. It’s for all of the region’s music fans that have congregated in youth halls, dingy basements and dive bars over the years in the name of live music.”

- Chris Illich

...with special guest ...

Steven Lambke

In 2009, Steven Lambke co-founded You’ve Changed Records with friend and collaborator Daniel Romano. He’s the guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist of legendary art-punk band Constantines and has also released four solo albums under the moniker Baby Eagle. His latest album, Days of Heaven is the first LP released under his own name and features collaborations with The Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman and string arrangements from violinist Mika Posen (Timber Timbre, Agnes Obel).

Daniel Romano Robertson Theatre ALL TICKETS: $25

8PM Thurs 12 Nov 31 CENTRESTAGE


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