Local 913, Episode 75: Dan Bubien
Aliquippa native Dan Bubien began writing songs after a high school sports injury left him laid up. He had picked up the guitar two years earlier at age 14, but a basketball injury left him with some extra time on his hands:
“I had an injury in high school. I got hurt, so I spent some time in bed. I was bored, so I picked up the guitar. Physical pain at an early age lent me to exploring what I was feeling and allowed me to write songs at an early age. That’s where it started; those early days in high school and being laid up for a while.”
Bubien, who formerly fronted The Sun Kings, has just released his second solo album Grinding These Gears. The record has a distinct soul influence, which was a genre embedded in his youth, thanks to his guitar-playing father:
“He was doing a lot of soul-inspired stuff. His idol was Aliquippa native Jimmy Ross of The Jaggers. He just embedded that kind of sound all the time in me. The bands he was playing in always did those kinds of songs. He inspired me and influenced me into soul. Which I think transitions into so many roots.”
Dan Bubien’s new album Grinding These Gears will be released Sept 16 at the Pittsburgh Winery. For more on Dan, go to DanBubien.com.