A Marilyn Monroe bobblehead perched atop a cymbal quivers with each drumbeat as Ramblin’ Dan Stevens picks up his trusty cigar box guitar and diddley bow and starts to sing.
His voice is coarse, yet classic in the same way an old leather jacket becomes marked with age and years of travel.
Steven’s music often speaks of travel, of life lived sailing the seas or rambling across the country as a free-spirited traveling musician.
With each note and vivid detail, Stevens has the power to stir one’s sense of wanderlust, yearning for adventure and new experiences.
On Sunday evening, the International Blues finalist will ramble from his home base near Old Lyme, Conn., to the rolling hills of Millheim and the Elk Creek Café for an evening of blues-infused tunes and tales from his travels and tribulations.
The following night finds Stevens, cigar box guitar in hand, at the Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport for an encore performance.
“I started playing when I was a teenager but have been a full time traveling musician for last 23 years,” Stevens said. “Last week I believe I had 14 gigs alone and this week looks to be close to that.”
With a hard-driving sound he calls classic Delta blues, Stevens creates a musical experience that is totally and distinctively different, complete with a mix of covers and original tunes, a few stories from the road, a few jokes and even a light show provided by a few sets of Christmas lights.
“I just took my daughter to see a Justin Bieber concert and if you’re expecting to see a show like that at Elk Creek, you are going to be very disappointed,” Stevens said with a laugh. “I don’t use a crane or pyrotechnics, but my show is pretty decent and I even have some lights too.”