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daniel makins: Bio

Struggling Christian, husband, dad, songwriter.

~ I was raised in a musical family as a relative of famed ballad hunter, John A Lomax. I have always believed in songs as both milestones and guideposts.  My parents blessed me with a decade of classical piano lessons. I returned the favor, by spending several years as a jazz drummer!  I believe the combination of drumming and piano led me to develop a unique finger-style guitar technique when I focused on guitar. I often utilize alternate tunings in an effort to make the guitar accompany my voice more as a piano might...

I hope my concerts move like memorable conversations and that the songs I have worked on would be useful for listeners. Thank you for listening.

I have released eight albums (1999-2016) and was included on a Traveling Texas compilation released by the Center for Texas Music History. I have appeared on stage with many well known artists across several genres as a drummer. Combined with my own, personal shows, I performed 150+ shows annually 2000-2006 (based out of Nashville and then Austin). In 2008 and 2010, the birth of our sons, Cal and James, began a time of less travel, but I have continued to improve my craft while writing, recording, and licensing my music for film/TV and other artists. I have been fortunate to perform for a few festivals and retreat centers and have enjoyed performing at numerous house concerts (I would be honored to play yours - use the contact page!).

I have enjoyed promoting the art of others and served as Executive Director for the San Angelo, TX Cultural Affairs Council from 2009-2014 and produced the San Angelo Concert Series (hosting a variety nationally known songwriters) for 11 years. I spent the past three years living and writing in beautiful Sewanee, TN where my wife, Claire, attended seminary (2014-2017). She is now an ordained Episcopal priest and we currently make home in Abilene, TX.

Kerrville Folk Festival (3 time New Folk Finalist)
Wildflower Festival (Winner)
Gig Harbor Folk Festival (Winner)
Songwriter Serenade (Finalist)