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Travelin’ Man finds home in DM


Dan Tedesco performs at Gas Lamp on Friday, April 25.

Dan Tedesco performs at Gas Lamp on Friday, April 25.

To quote the great musical philosopher Hedwig Schmidt: “My home is the road; the road, my home.” It’s a motto that Dan Tedesco knows better than most.

The Chicago native has been touring — in one form or another — for most of his life, but the years 2012 and 2013 offered a significant jump into traveling full-time.

“I was touring probably six months (each of) those years,” Tedesco said in a phone interview from the road. “Last year, it was closer to nine.”

Now after stops in Arizona, Nashville, Tenn., and points between, the man who describes his music as “folk rock on steroids” will have a new city to call home: Tedesco is moving to Des Moines this spring with his wife, who’s a Des Moines native.

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“I’m on this leg of my current tour until the third of May,” he said. “Then I’ve got, like, three days off, and that’s my moving time.”

It was about a year ago that Tedesco moved to Nashville, with hopes of immersing himself in that legendary breeding ground for songwriters. Now, however, it’s time to move on once again, even though Tedesco certainly feels like his time in Nashville served him well. His latest album, “Death in the Valley,” is his strongest, most intimate work to date. Still, it’s time for new growth, he said.

“Des Moines probably has more to offer me than even moving back to Chicago would,” he explained. “The things I’ve done (in Des Moines) in the past have been a nice springboard to building some good working relationships.”

Tedesco is certainly no stranger to the capital city, partly because of his wife’s local family connection, but also because of its prime location as in interstate hub. In his endless crisscrossing of the country, Tedesco has made it a point to stop in Des Moines several times a year. Now, he’s savoring the thought of making a deeper connection with the metro and its scene.

“So much of what I do is on the road and, to be honest, I’m looking forward to developing some stronger relationships in Des Moines,” he added. “(The city’s music fans are) very proud of the people who live and perform there, and I’ve always appreciated them.” CV

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