Feagan Patrick Stymie
Guitars and fiddle in hand, Feagan, Patrick and Stymie first sang together in '75... voices blending with a special feel and sound. Looking back, it was a seminal moment. Naming the group, they reached for a book written by legendary local author and story teller; Daisy Dillman (see story below.) She was the 98 year old, living grandmother of Stymie's wife... and the Daisy Dillman Band was born.
Stymie, the group's main songwriter captured their new sound with near perfect pitch... a brand of fiery country rock underpinning high sweet vocals ala CSNY, the Eagles and other “mellow mafia” artists.
It wasn't long before they were garnering awards... Minnesota Music Awards: “Best Band,” “Best Vocal Group,” and “Best Violinist.” With a growing regional following, they caught the attention of national record labels. They went into the studio signed to United Artists Records and their first national release followed:
“The Daisy Dillman Band” United Artists Records / David Z, Producer / Sound 80, Mpls MN. With Feagan as leader, they hit the big road in support of a new record. An old school bus with plywood bunks soon gave way to a private customized Grey Hound SceniCruiser (dubbed Melbourne.) From New York City (Lone Star Café,) to Los Angeles (The Palomino,) Chicago (Danny Seraphine’s Beginnings,) to Austin Tx (the Legendary Armadillo World Headquarters,) and points in between... always returning home to enthusiastic fans at their home base, “Doc Holidays,” a 1400 seat showcase club in Minneapolis.
Full-on performances and exceptional vocal blend were attracting a national audience as they toured with numerous headliners including Emmy Lou Harris, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Raitt, Asleep At The Wheel, Waylon Jennings and more. (See below.)
DDB was soon re-signed to a new label, RCA Records. They found themselves heading to Muscle Shoals Alabama and Fame Studios... the home of legendary record producer Rick Hall. Their second release followed:
“Lovin’ the Night Away” RCA Records / Rick Hall, Producer / Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals Single: “Lovin’ the Night Away” RCA Records / Rick Hall, Producer / Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals Al
With their second national release the band charted in the top 50 / Billboard Hot 100, garnering national air-play and an Industry “Hot Pick” as breaking act to follow. They continued to tour, recording a third album for RCA Records in New York City never released due to internal restructuring at RCA Records.
In 2006, the original members reunited and were honored as inductees into the Minnesota Rock and County Hall of Fame, receiving a Life-Time Achievement for writing, production and performance.
3 Dillmans and their fans are life long friends, and at shows it’s not hard to spot. In this acoustic "unplugged" setting, voices soaring over iconic country-rock classics, there's an intimacy that's tangible and rare. You find long lost and familiar faces grinning. celebrating, swaying, remembering.... old & new friends, cousins, fans, road crew, neighbors, grand kids, grown kids and grandparents.
With a strong new acoustic presentation and soon-to be-released CD, 3 Dillmans are adding another chapter to the DDB legacy... bringing a new audience to the large, devoted DDB fold.
3 Dillmans Have Appeared With
Al Di Meola
Emmy Lou Harris
Amazing Rhythm Aces
Marshall Tucker Band
Asleep At The Wheel
St Paul Chamber Orchestra
Brooks and Dunn
Jan & Dean
Jerry Jeff Walker
Jerry Lee Lewis
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Gary P Nunn
Michael Martin Murphy
MN Symphony Orchestra
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Black Oak Arkansas
Hall & Oates
Ozark Mountain Daredevils