Dan Layus from the band Augustana hit the JBTV stage for the first time this past Friday before his show at Lincoln Hall. The Indie artist played songs from his album Dangerous Things and explained his writing process and meanings of some songs. The intimate crowd swayed along to Layus’s acoustic songs which included Let Me Lose You, Only Gets Darker, Enough for You, Call Me When You Get There, Driveway, Nightbird, and Dangerous Things.
After the interview, Layus packed up his own equipment and loaded it into the van. When Jerry asked if he had people to do that, he said,”No, I take pride in doing it on my own”. Along with loading his own equipment, Layus also spends his hard earned money on instruments and drives his van to shows.
To Layus, writing is a visual process, so he views his songs as little movies. That’s why his song Only Gets Darker has such a clear message- because it reflects his previous struggles with substance intake and the ability to crawl away from addiction.
After writing songs for several pop-country artists, Layus returned to the studio to record songs for his own album. Using a few microphones, he created an album with an authentic and organic experience attached. Later in his career, Layus hopes to collaborate with more country artists, specifically Lucinda Williams. Living in Nashville puts him one step closer to this dream and could lead to playing at the Grand Ole Opry for a third time.