If Dan Myers had a time machine, he’d set it to 1930s Chicago so he could ditch school with his grandfather and bear witness to Duke Ellington’s sound checks. “Music is a completely consuming force in my life,” says the 34-year-old Myers, who grew up in a robust musical family.
Dan Myers’ latest project is folk-rock group Stolen Silver, which he founded with longtime friend Levi Britton. The band is currently in the middle of a cross-country tour.
Today, Myers continues the musical tradition, writing tunes for films like Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
, playing solo jazz gigs in Windy City hotels and fronting two bands with a regular stint in Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band, which tours the globe playing for U.S. troops. Myers recalls auditioning for the Forrest Gump actor, afraid Sinise would behave like the sociopathic cop he played in the box-office hit Ransom. “Holy cow, he was scary in that role,” Myers says. “Luckily, he’s not like that guy at all. He’s a great actor.”
Myers’ primary focus these days is the new art-folk outfit Stolen Silver, which he formed with his longtime friend Levi Britton. Splitting the difference between Dave Matthews Band and Sufjan Stevens, Stolen Silver’s folk-art rock is propulsive, hummable and soaringly melodic, with rich, cathedral harmonies. The group, currently in the midst of a cross-country tour, hopes to release its second album next month. As for what else is to come? Kids Myers: “We’re open to playing Lollapalooza, wink-wink.”