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A Musical Family

"Dangerous" Dan Toler grew up in Connersville, Indiana where he was part of a musical family that included his ever-encouraging father George; a man who exposed Dan and his drummer brother David "Frankie" Toler to the many influences that music had to offer. Dan recalls his father would bring home Jimmy Smith albums featuring Kenny Burrell and gently insist that they listen and learn from these artists.

County fairs, neighborhood parties and teen sock hops were the proving grounds for Dan’s music. His band "Danny Lee and the Upsetters" was a popular local band in the early 1960’s.

Through out the years his experience grew and he became a member of such bands as Dickey Betts & Great Southern, The Allman Brothers Band, The Gregg Allman Band, The Toler Brothers Band, and the Dan Toler Band. In December, 2001, Dan once again teamed up with Dickey Betts, joining the Dickey Betts Band.

Dan began writing music in the 1960’s and continues to compose to this day. His album cuts list is extensive. Dan has come some commercial composing and devotes increasing time to this.

A Natural Path

Dan credits many musicians as influences; Chet Atkins, Lonnie Mack, Steve Cropper, Larry Carlton just to name a few.

He’s had the privilege to share the stage with B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, Steven Stills, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams JR., Matt "guitar" Murphy, the late great Wayne Bennet and countless others.

Dan has followed his natural path into record production. He gains great satisfaction from this production work and says it allows him to utilize all his talents and experiences.

Dan is an advocate for the resurgence of and the respect for the skilled musician. He recalls the time when it was all about "the sound and not the look." He has been gratified to see the fans enjoying this back to basics music.

When not touring with Dickey Betts & Great Southern or producing Dan calls Florida’s Gulf Coast his home. He and his wife Debby have a married daughter Danielle in Nashville. Dan’s Brother David (Frankie) Toler lives in Indiana.

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To visit Dan's personal Web site and to find booking information for Dangerous Dan and his Southern Rock-n-Blues Band click here.

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"Dangerous Dan Toler" Passes Following a Valiant Battle with ALS Disease
 
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 - 04:38 PM


WITH DEEP SADNESS, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MARKS THE PASSING OF GUITARIST "DANGEROUS" DAN TOLER, FOLLOWING A VALIANT BATTLE WITH ALS DISEASE.

DANNY WAS AN ABB MEMBER FROM 1978 TO1982 AS WELL AS THE GREGG ALLMAN BAND FROM 1982-1989.

HE WAS A VERY TALENTED GUITARIST WITH A GREGARIOUS PERSONALITY.

HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THAT KNEW HIM.

REST PEACEFULLY BROTHER DAN.

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND


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