Dan Toppo

Music always was more than just a curiosity to Dan.  As a child, he was heavily exposed to his father’s music collection and wore Clapton, Hendrix, and Allman Brothers records down until they were unplayable.  But, it was until he experienced The Allman Brothers live—being one of the few teenagers in a sea of baby boomers—that he was inspired to use the guitar as a medium for expressing himself.  He quickly grew obsessed with slide guitar, and with no slide guitar teachers available to him, he began to teach himself the infamous licks of Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Duane Allman, and Derek Trucks.  
Although he went to college to study Mathematics, when he wasn’t studying, he was in his room with a slide on his ring finger and a guitar in his lap, playing along with his favorite records; however, It wasn’t until after graduating college that he decided to dedicate all of his time to music.  After playing in a jam with The Voice Season 14 Alumnus Dylan Hartigan, the two established a musical connection that motivated Dan to put his plans of pursuing a Ph.D on a hiatus, and instead tour, write, and record extensively with Dylan.  
The duo has been successful, yielding a spot on Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life Tour, performing with her and her band during the ‘Minute and a Glass of Wine’ segment of her show.  They have also shared the stage with Maggie Rose and Them Vibes on the California leg of her Change the Whole Thing Tour, and Maggie and her team went on to produce Dylan’s debut album in Nashville in the summer of 2019.  Dan wrote and played all the slide guitar parts on the record with a band consisting of Kyle Whalum (Kelly Clarkson), Sarah Tomek (Steven Tyler), Dustin Ransom (Ben Rector), and Alex Haddad (Them Vibes).
Dan continuously expands his horizons, doing slide guitar work for artists whose genres expand outside of blues and rock.  He spreads his talents in hopes of integrating his vocal approach to slide guitar to all genres, and expose its mellifluous sounds to listeners of all types of music.

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