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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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A Midwest kid, from Chicago and Indianapolis mainly, one of Dan Janke's earliest musical memories was hearing Simon & Garfunkel's "Cecilia" percolating from the radio while his mom sipped coffee at a neighbor's.
On Saturdays while doing chores around the house, the 8-track usually spit out something by either Simon & Garfunkel, Glen Campbell, John Denver or Neil Diamond. That gave way to his and his siblings' 45s, albums and cassettes. Being the middle of five kids, it ranged from Abba to AC/DC, Bee Gees to Beatles, The Cars to Creedence Clearwater Revival ... and his tastes continued to diversify over the years.
Music has always been the one common thread, playing in the background of all his memories.
Dan, who has played in several Midwest bands -- including Traffic Jam Zombies and whoa!tiger (indianapolis) -- has formed his latest project after setting roots in Virginia.
Damn Jankes is primarily an / rock band (Old 97s and Traveling Wilburys), but it blends its original outlaw rock and swamp stompers with blues shuffles even a little reggae. Damn Jankes is as diverse as the soundtrack of Dan's life.


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