Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) & Noah Levy (Brian Setzer/Peter Frampton)
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Dan’s Instagram – @dannavarromusic Dan’s Twitter – @dannavarro
Noah’s Twitter – @NoahLevyDrums Noah’s Instagram – @noahlevy
In this episode John and Alan are joined by longtime singer/songwriter Dan Navarro who, with his former songwriting partner Eric Lowen, has written songs for The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Dionne Warwick and many others, including the #1 smash hit “We Belong” (made popular by Pat Benatar). In addition, Dan is a voice actor in Los Angeles and works on movies and shows like The Lorax, The Book Of Life, Family Guy, and American Dad. We are also joined by a common friend, Twin Cities drummer Noah Levy, originally from his own Minneapolis band The Honeydogs. Noah has played with Peter Frampton, BoDeans, Five for Fighting, Mason Jennings, Martin Zellar, and others. He currently plays drums for Brian Setzer in both the Orchestra and the Rockabilly Riot. We discuss everything from Shakeys Pizza to the interpersonal difficulties between songwriters. Dan talks about being a buyer for Tower Records and working as an assistant to the manager of the Moody Blues. Noah talks about what it takes to do something impromptu on television when dealing with a 17 piece horn section of music readers. Dan takes us through the entire process of writing “We Belong” and he shares some stories about his cousin Dave. Noah talks about building a studio with his son Issac and his current escapades in the Minneapolis scene and much much more. We close with “on the road” Trivia. Enjoy.
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