Former MCA Records recording artist, Dan McCorison, got his first guitar at the age of fourteen and wasted no time getting involved in the thriving folk music scene of his native home of Denver Colorado. During his high school years his family moved to North Carolina where he soaked up the sounds of bluegrass, blues and traditional music. After college, Dan returned to his beloved Colorado homeland and formed his first band, western swing group, Dusty Drapes and the Dusters with some Colorado friends. It wasn’t long before the Dusters were playing to packed houses all over the state and opening shows for Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Flatt and Scruggs and Linda Ronstadt just to name a few. The Dusters were signed briefly to Columbia Records but the resulting album was never released. All was not lost though because during that time Chris Hillman, famed member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, took an interest in Dan’s music, particularly his original songs. Chris arranged for Dan to sign with MCA Records and produced the album. Chris lined up Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band, including the iconic guitar player and Country Music Hall of Fame member, James Burton, to back him up. That album also included appearances by the great Steve Cropper on guitar, Byron Berline on fiddle, Bernie Leadon of the Eagles on banjo, and veteran keyboard player, Skip Edwards. In the pursuing couple of years, Dan was featured on several Maranatha! Records releases that were produced by the great steel player, Al Perkins. He was also the “go to” singer for MCA Music publishing in Los Angeles recording many covers of their catalog for pitching to other artists.
Dan left the music business altogether in the early 1980’s to pursue another lifelong goal, that of becoming a home builder. After moving from Los Angeles to Nashville, he quickly rose to general contractor building custom homes and recording studios including the world famous Cash Cabin Studio for Johnny Cash. In 2009 he won an award from the Nashville Historic Commission for the best restoration of a historic home. During those years he continued to write and record and created two Nashville projects, the critically acclaimed CD’s, “A Diamond For Your Heart” and “Wayfaring Stranger”
His building days are behind him now and he’s returned to his first love: music! Dan is living in Arizona and playing dates around the West as a solo artist as well as with award winning groups, The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers, and Journey West. The Western Music Association has awarded the Rhythm Rustlers Western Swing Group of the Year. Journey West was recently awarded Vocal Group of the Year . To round things out, Dan plays regularly with his good friend, Doug McKee at the beautiful Rancho De Los Caballeros in Wickenburg AZ.