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Although there were many incarnations of bands Dan performed with in South Dakota and in Portland it was in December of 1985 where he truly first began his musical journey as the lead singer of a band called “The Dan Reed Network”. Garnering huge local support Dan Reed Network was signed to Polygram in 1987 by Derek Shulman, famed A+R man who signed ‘Bon Jovi’.

Managed by Bill Graham and Q-Prime later, DRN played opening act on European tours for Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Midnight Oil, and performed in America with Run DMC and toured with UB40. Selling nearly 2 million albums worldwide, DRN was part of the funk rock movement and released three albums with Polygram between 1989 and 1992. The Dan Reed Network released three successful albums to much critical and commercial success between 1988 and 1992 and had the opportunity to work with producer greats Bruce Fairbairn, and Nile Rogers for the three Polygram releases, while managed by Bill Graham and Q-Prime respectively.

DRN got to see the world opening for such bands as RUN DMC, UB40, David Bowie and Bon Jovi, eventually becoming the supporting act for the Rolling Stones’ 1991 European tour. It was at this time Dan journeyed to India with Bob Guccione Jr., editor of Spin Magazine, to interview the Dalai Lama for magazine. It was during this trip that Dan began to hunger for more than the music scene had to offer. This trip was the catalyst to a long journey that eventually took Dan back to music in 2008, and to where he belonged… writing and performing new music about new experiences without the baggage of some “rock star image”.

Reed took a long hiatus from the music business in early 2003 and spent 4 years in Northern India and Jerusalem, living in a Tibetan Monastery and studying religions while in the Middle East. Coming back to music in 2009 he now performs extensively throughout Europe and the United States, both with his solo band and DRN and has in recent years performed at the ‘Sweden Rock Festival’ and England’s ‘Download Festival’.

We’ll talk new material, Dan Reed Network, his bourgeoning career as an artist and how parenting changed his perspective on life.

“I just felt it was time to get back to something that feels real, organic, and in tune with the current human condition.” – Reed


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Established over 55 years ago, Music Millennium is the oldest record store in existence in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout their history, they’ve carried the ever-evolving gamut of formats including LP, 45, reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassette, DAT, compact disc, mini-disc, DCC and CD-ROM.

As people who know and love music, Music Millennium has hosted an array of in-store performances and autograph appearances over the years, including the likes of Richard Thompson, Luscious Jackson, Loreena McKennitt, Maureen McCormick (aka “Marcia Brady”), Blue Rodeo, Shonen Knife, Matthew Sweet, Soundgarden, Mike Watt, Don Walser, Sheryl Crow, Randy Newman, Everclear, Jewel, Little Feat, Susannah Hoffs, Joe Strummer and Cheap Trick to name a few.

Be sure to check out their current calender of events online at https://musicmillennium.com. You can visit Portland’s homegrown music store at 3158 E. Burnside (at 32nd).

Welcome to the show singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer/sound engineer/master engineer, The Cyber Phounkist Ultra Van Krome! “UVK“ hails from Portland Oregon and proudly flaunts a PHD in Phounkology, having  played with the best in the music industry from global stars Miles Davis. Prince, George Clinton, Chaka Kahn, Tower of Power, Thara Memory, Curtis Salgado, The Esquires, Janice Scroggins, TC Coleman, the Mayther brothers, LaRhonda Steele and SO many more!

1990 Oregon Hall of Fame Inductee UVK sings & plays all the instruments on his studio outings. The brainchild & alter ego of Producer multi-instrumentalists Stevie Ray Mays, aka “Ultra Van Krome LLC“.

“You’s a Twisted Mha Phugga, Van Krome!“
– Miles Davis to a sold out performance in Portland OR in 1986

“Miles loves you, so you gottsta be Twisted, at least that’s what he told me “
– Prince 1986

UVK has a new album produced by Dan Reed, fronted by slammin’ new single “Chocolate Rocket“ features a killer video produced by Dan Pred / Video Media. Check it out, and then check us out when we go live on All Access Live with Kevin Rankin!

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Zia McCabe is a keyboard player, percussionist and bass guitarist, and member of American alternative rock band The Dandy Warhols. She is also a solo DJ (DJ Rescue), and part of a six-piece country music band called Brush Prairie. She graduated from Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, Washington in 1993. In 1995, with hardly any prior musical experience, Zia joined The Dandy Warhols.

Fast-forward to today, her tenure with the Dandys has been sprinkled with advocacy (last time I saw Zia, she was leading Bernie Sanders onstage at Portland’s Moda Center for the 2016 Presidential Campaign), a burgeoning real estate career, multiple original projects & raising chickens!

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Known internationally as the keyboardist of the Dan Reed Network, Blake Sakamoto can tell you every stage, city and person he has met touring the world. These days, Blake fronts the Portland band NuWavers, which was playing regularly until the global pandemic. What’s he up to now? Well… a steel trap mind lends itself to some GREAT stories over the years, and we’ll chat about all things live at 3pm on YouTube.

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Paul’s been working feverishly on the forthcoming Dan Reed Network documentary “Slam” for years. He’s got incredible footage from the early days of the band, and interviews in phenomenal fans of the band, including Richie Sambora, Corey Glover, Steven van Zandt, Nile Rogers and more. We’ll talk about the development of the film, the ups & downs of the DRN journey and what’s left to complete to get the film launched! Hang out with us “backstage”, live on All Access Live!

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Paul Mortlock Facebook Brion James on Rolling Stones tour teaser

You’ve wished you could hang out backstage with Melvin for decades, and now you’ll get your chance! Lots of crazy history to cover from Mel’s experiences w/ Dan Reed Network, Edgar Winter, Booker T and the MGs, and Stevie Salas’ Colorcode. And as a special guest, we had an appearance from Colorcode bandmate and rockstar drummer Dave Abbruzzese! This will be the highlight of your week, guaranteed! Subscribe at the YouTube channel and hang out with us, shot live on Friday at 3pm Pacific.

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A gifted songwriter, producer, engineer, and guitarist, this Renaissance Man is one of the most talented humans I’ve ever met. He’s got a gift in the studio, where he can craft a hit like no other, but is also a ridiculously great guitarist. Rob and I will catch up on his time in the industry, and rap about him joining and touring internationally with Dan Reed Network!

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