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Grammy Award-Winning Minneapolis Artist, Songwriter, Producer Held First of Four Sessions for the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Hooks, bridges, lyrics, collaborations, royalty rates, riders and a host of other musical, technical and business issues are all on the syllabus when the Grammy Award winning songwriter, Dan Wilson, is slated to begin his Artist-in-Residency at the McNally Smith College of Music September 17, 2009. Wilson will begin the first of four sessions with a music composition and songwriting master class next week during the 2009-2010 academic year at the school, one of the nation’s top music colleges.

Wilson, who won a 2007 Grammy Award for Song of the Year with the Dixie Chicks for the hit, “Not Ready to Make Nice,” will lead a combined Composition/Songwriting Master Class that will be web cast between 3:00-5:00 p.m. and will be accessible at . Joining Dan during the web cast is fellow songwriter Jeremy Messersmith (Wilson produced Messersmith’s The Silver City album).

The Minnesota-based singer, guitarist, producer and songwriter’s most recent CD, Free Life, was released on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings in late 2007. Wilson is also the lead singer of the Minneapolis alternative rock band Semisonic, for which he wrote hits like “Secret Smile,” “Closing Time,” and “Chemistry.” He was also a member of the psychedelic folk-jam band Trip Shakespeare through the early 1990s. A well known songwriting collaborator, Wilson has co-written songs with James Morrison, Rachel Yamagata, Jason Mraz, Jewel, Mike Doughty, KT Tunstall, Rivers Cuomo and many others.

“Dan Wilson’s four days of activities as artist-in-residence at McNally Smith during the 2009-2010 academic year will be eclectic and peripatetic!” exclaims Chris Cunningham, Songwriting and Composition Department Head at the music college. “He is a successful singer-songwriter, performer, band leader and producer who knows how to manage himself and his resources for some very groovy outcomes. During his residency, Dan will take our students through songwriting and composition, explore music production and the intricacies of the music business, and also work with students on performance issues. It’s going to be one of this year’s highlights!”

Wilson will return to the contemporary music school for three more sessions to round out his residency with a focus on the following areas in 2010:

  • January, date TBD:   Music Production Session, Combined Classes
  • March, date TBD   Music Business Combined Master Class
  • April, date TBD:   Performance Master Classes, Vocals, Guitar, Ensembles

During the week following Dan’s master class, he will be performing at various small venues in and around the Twin Cities.

Dan Wilson’s Home Tour 2009

September 22  Bryant Lake Bowl
September 23  318  Cafe
September 24  Acadia Café
September 25  The Dakota
September 26  The Dakota

For more information about Dan Wilson, visit his website and blogs at: