Nashville-based, Country-Folk artist, Dan O’Rourke, was conventionally raised on the music of his parents. Steeped in the folk-revival era and classic rock of the 60’s and 70’s, the fingerprints of those influences are unmistakable in both the melodic style and lyricism of his songs. Storytelling lies at the epicenter of his music as his down-to-earth approach so obviously reflects his passion for exploring what life has to offer, both the good and the bad. Capturing the beauty in his lyrics and melodies, O’Rourke’s rich, textured, and soulful tone showcases his talent as a contemporary classic. Continuing to write and release new music Dan has been busy since his release of his full-length album in 2019 called “Desert Rose.” Along with the release of new singles such as “For That Matter” and “Back to the Way Things Were.”
As the world closed its doors during the pandemic in 2020, Dan started a new project called “The Woods” which features three-part harmony with Raquel Cole and Leland Rooney. They are a true throwback to the songs and influences that initially inspired their varied musical pursuits, and they continually pay homage to the music that moves them through a style that is, at once, both familiar and progressive…newness and nostalgia in every song. While he’s directed his focus on The Woods, he still has a passion for writing and recording his solo original tunes and is currently working on releasing music in 2023.
In the spring of 2020 as the world started boarding up its windows in the anticipation of COVID 19, Dan O’Rourke teamed up with singers and musicians, Raquel Cole and Leland Rooney, to form a three-part harmony trio under the name Dan O’Rourke and The Woods.
Dan has been in Nashville for five years sharpening his craft as a singer and songwriter. His roots are steeped in the folk-revival era and classic rock of the 60’s and 70’s. In an effort to broaden the sound and feel of his music, this new makeup showcases a group with an array of talents. Each member, Cole, Rooney and O’Rourke have unique and dynamic vocal tones and when you combine the three voices, the Woods create a perfect combination of power and mystique, softness and grit, to make the songs truly soar. Raquel is a seasoned musician with her own career as a solo artist, and Leland is a virtuoso with the guitar. Their combined richness, textured and soulful tones showcase their sound as a contemporary classic.
As the world shut down in 2020, the Woods got to work playing through the year on a Livestream aptly named “World’s on Fire.” They’ve been hard at work in the studio as well, and have plans to release brand new music in 2021. Dan O’Rourke and The Woods are a true throwback to the music that got them into writing songs in the first place and they continue to pay homage to music that moves you.