Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band coming to State College

JEFF DANIELS

STATE COLLEGE –Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band will perform.

Thursday, August 16 at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave.

In 1976, Jeff Daniels bought a Guild D-40 from Herb David’s Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, threw it in the back of his old Buick, and moved to New York City. That guitar led to a creative outlet, became a solace, a road into the artist that he didn’t know existed. Now, over 40 years later, he releases his 8th record, Simple Truths.

Since 2000, Jeff has played venues such as The Barn at Wolf Trap in VA, Club Possum in Boston, MA, New York City’s 54 Below, City Winery in Chicago, New York and Nashville, Austin’s Cactus Cafe. The Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis MD, Mucky Duck’s in Houston, The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago’s Old School of Folk Music, Chicago’s S.P.A.C.E., Seattle’s Third Door, Alaska’s Blue Loon in Fairbanks and Latitude 62 in Talkeetna, AK, as well as numerous opera houses and PACs throughout the country.

He has toured both coasts with his son’s band, the Ben Daniels Band, and has shared the stage with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, Guy Clark, Keb Mo’, and Bruce Hornsby. He performed at David Bromberg’s 70th Birthday Bash at NYC’s Town Hall and he has studied under Stefan Grossman.

In 2012, the Martin Guitar Company began selling the OM Jeff Daniels Custom Artist Edition Guitar. He also narrated the award-winning documentary “The Ballad Of The Dreadnaught.”

“When I moved to New York City to chase acting as a career, what I didn’t plan on was being influenced by all the playwrights I would work with Off-Broadway. In particular, Lanford Wilson — who would later go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his play “Talley’s Folley” — taught me so much about the writing process; the love/hate relationship one has with such a solitary pursuit, the endless writing, the search and struggle to find a way to say it better. In Hollywood, the joke is ask any actor what he really wants to do and he’ll say, “Direct.” All I wanted to do was write. So I did.

“Forty years later, I still am.”

“Simple Truths” with Brian Vander Ark is the eighth recording of Jeff Daniels’ music.

Ticket information is available at 814-272-0606 and www.thestatetheatre.org.