Multi-faceted singer, songwriter, guitarist and voice actor Dan Navarro will release his new album Horizon Line on August 26 via his own Red Hen label. Horizon Line is the long-awaited follow-up to Navarro’s 2018 NACC Top Ten Folk Album Shed My Skin.
“Horizon Line is a declaration of purpose, renewal, commitment, and elucidation of the ‘why’ behind a life on stage, in the studio, and on the road,” states Navarro. The initial two singles, “Circling the Drain” and “She Dreams in Music,” spin uplifting tales of the beauty of time well spent in the joy of soulful commitment.
Listen to “Circling the Drain” HERE and “She Dreams in Music” HERE.
Produced by seven-time Grammy®-winner Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks, Foo Fighters, Tedeschi-Trucks), Horizon Line is an emphatic homecoming for Navarro and Scott, who produced six albums for Lowen & Navarro (Dan’s revered duo with the late Eric Lowen) from 1990-1998, and in 2008, defining the harmony duo’s sound. Navarro was inspired to capture the energy, sonic quality and impact of those albums with Scott. On Navarro’s first tour after thirteen months of Covid lockdown, while driving cross-country in his NomadDan tour van, he phoned Jim to ask, “Can we do what we used to do?” Scott heartily replied, “yes!” and a plan was underway. Recorded at Navarro’s Plyrz Studios in Rancho Mirage, CA, over twenty-five days, Horizon Line recaptures the fullness and immediacy of their early work, with added sharpness thanks to decades’ more experience.
The ten songs tell a story of dedication, energy and persistence, with a greater sense of optimism than previous Navarro albums. The title track, “Horizon Line,” declares that Dan’s relentless drive is non-negotiable, charging into the vanishing point for the sheer love of music and connection with an audience. That audience grew in pandemic lockdown via 250+ “Songs from the CoronaZone” living room live streams, spawning a dedicated “DanFam™” hungry for engagement in isolation.
“Rose In the Window” and “Tar Pit” weave pithier tales of the search for connection, told with both a weathered heart and wry wit. “Come Around (January’s Child)” is an older song, written when Dan was just 21, that found new life in the 2020 live streams. “Oklahoma Skies,” “Hopeful Hearts,” and “Sleep Tonight” tread more familiar ground, deep in poignancy, always with a sense of redemption and renewal.
Horizon Line is an album Navarro has worked his entire career to make. Rich in sound, deft in its execution, deep in emotions, he is focused on where he is going – to the next connection, the next stage, the next town, the next feeling, just beyond the Horizon Line.
Navarro is currently on his cross country “NomadDan” Tour with stops including the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Goshen, CT, from July 29 to July 31, plus Los Angeles, CA; Ann Arbor, MI and Annapolis, MD. Initial dates are listed below with more to be added.
2022 “NomadDan” Tour Dates
July 29 – July 31 - Goshen, CT @ Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
August 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Grammy Museum
August 19 - Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
August 20 - Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head on Stage
August 23 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
August 25 - Arlington Heights, IL @ Hey Nonny – SOLD OUT
August 26 - Arlington Heights, IL @ Hey Nonny
August 27 - Naperville, IL @ McGuire Fest XIII @ Sportsman’s Park
September 17 - Santa Monica, CA @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop
October 14 & 16 - Opelika, AL @ Opelika Songwriters Festival