“George Jones sang about the old country legends; «You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing.» Daniel Romano is one of the chosen.”
– Jan Eiesland (Dust of Daylight)
“I just want to make it as good as it was, that’s the only real goal, the difference between Taylor Swift and what I do is like the difference between The Bourne Identity and Hud: It’s too slow, too black-and-white, too much dialogue. They’re like, ‘When’s someone going to shoot someone in the face?’ ”
– Daniel Romano
Daniel Tavis Romano (born 1985) is a Canadian Juno-nominated country musician and visual artist based out of Welland, Ontario, where he was born and raised. He is primarily known as a solo artist, but he is also known for his membership in Attack in Black and also for his collaborations with Julie Doiron and Frederick Squire. He has also produced and performed with City & Colour. He released his 5th album in 2015.
If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ is a triumph, a massive step forward musically and lyrically, this is pure country music done by a man that loves it. Daniel Romano plays like there is no bro-country, like there is no pop-country, he pours his heart out into classic country song writing. This album should be Daniel Romano’s big break-trough album. We love it.
Daniel Romano Performs “The One That Got Away” at SXSW 2015:
“Though Romano can earn a healthy chuckle with “Two Word Joe” or add an ironic psychedelic coda to “The One That Got Away (Came Back Today),” most of the time he plays it straight, and he’s right to believe in this material — “Strange Faces,” “There’s a Hardship,” “Let Me Sleep (At the End of a Dream),” and the title track are well-crafted songs filled with broken hearts and prairie soul, and as writer, producer, and artist,Romano doesn’t miss a trick.”
– Mark Deming (Allmusic)
Daniel Romano: Old Fires Die Live – JUNO TV Vault Sessions:
“The type of country that I like doesn’t exist any more. I’m not trying to save it, but in the back of my mind, I know it’s what country needs.”
– Daniel Romano
Daniel Romano – Strange Faces:
“…the music speaks for itself, and delivers. Just like classic old country songs from the 60’s that still hold up today, Daniel has the insight to pinpoint a very specific emotional defect embedded in the human condition, and then create the favorable environment for that emotional frailty to be called to the forefront through poetic insight set to precisely-appropriate music. Songs like “Old Fires Die,” “The One That Got Away (Came Back Today),” “Learning To Do Without Me,” and “If You Go Your Way (I’ll Go Blind)” seize on the fear of being left alone with a classic country deftness few others know how to recreate. Some classic country artists just wished to account for one or two such cutting songs in their careers, and Romano has just cut an entire album of them and made it look quite easy.”
– Saving Country Music