After spending 12 years as the creative force behind American roots rock band Augustana, singer/songwriter/guitarist Dan Layus will emerge with his debut solo album, Dangerous Things (due October 2016). Layus had already honed his craft during his decade plus with Augustana, having started the band as a freshman in college. Although the band enjoyed radio hits, including the triple platinum anthem, Boston they encountered their most success on the road, doing over 200 dates a year playing to ever expanding audiences.
Eschewing the band name (though not permanently) Dangerous Things marks Dan Layus’s debut solo album. It would be easy to file Dangerous Things under any number of genres -- country, alt-country, americana—none of those descriptions would be far off. Upon repeated listens however, what emerges is an album that is all of those things and much more. It is a distinctly American album. It spans influences from Hank Williams to Tom Waits, from Dwight Yoakam to Woody Gutherie. Recorded in Nashville at SouthxSea Studios with minimal production, stirring lyrics about life's struggles and its simple joys, combined with stunning harmonies provided by Muscle Shoals own Secret Sisters, one thing is certain, Dangerous Things is the album that Dan Layus has been preparing his whole life to make, and it could not have come at a better time for the artist or the audience.