Dan Sheron (of Balto) | Free

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Dan Sheron, principal songwriter for Portland roots rock mainstays Balto is performing a set of intimate SOLO dates to celebrate the release of the band's new album, Strangers. Balto's return to the LP after a 5 year absence lands with a swell of feedback, a heavy downbeat, and a punch to the gut. A few weeks ago, the Chicago Tribune's Redeye Magazine called Balto - "an underrated Portland band who made one of the best albums of 2017 so far."  

Strangers is a coming of age album in the fullest sense, a 10-cut meditation on the realization that time is pushing us all closer to the void and away from one another, and that the doe-eyed romanticism of Balto’s early writing has long since sobered. 

The band began with primary songwriter Dan Sheron’s conflicted attempt to start a journalism career in Moscow, Russia, a simultaneous cataclysmic heartbreak, and the ensuing gonzo bender across Siberia that wrote itself into the Balto’s critically acclaimed debut October’s Road. “It took me a very long time to get past that, sometimes it feels like I’m still picking up the pieces – but of the things that came of the Russia years, I think it was the clarity of purpose that stuck most.”

A band formed. Tours followed. Hundreds of shows, long nights in the woodshed; the fierce willingness to grind themselves into powder on the legend of the great American songbook. And somewhere along the way it all clicked – brotherly love, four great friends in a band playing unrelenting American rock'n'roll.

In September 2016, Dan embarked on an eight show run of solo shows in Russia, including a performance at Moscow Music Week. The band toured the west coast in January 2017 with Minneapolis's Communist Daughter and the Midwest in March 2017.