Episode 104: Dan Navarro
Air date: 3.5.2014
Lowen and Navarro were a beloved acoustic duo with an unorthodox genesis and a premature end. Formed in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro’s initial success came when they composed the song, “We Belong,” which would become a major chart hit for Pat Benatar in 1984. They started actively performing together in 1987 and grew their audience the old-fashioned way - by connecting with their audience at hundreds of shows and releasing ten albums over fifteen years before Lowen was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2004. They continued to work together until 2009, when Lowen’s condition had deteriorated to the point where he needed to focus on his health. But even before his partner was forced to step away from performing, Navarro had begun to do what any person for whom music was a compulsion would do, which was to forge ahead. He wasn’t without self-doubts about how he could be a viable artist on his own after such a long, fruitful and musically intimate partnership, but the fans kept coming. And so did the songs. By early 2014, Navarro’s schedule is as busy as ever – touring at a national level, serving on the boards of SAG-AFTRA, Folk Alliance and others, advocating for performer’s rights in Washington D.C. and preparing to release his first studio album of new material since Eric Lowen’s passing in 2012. Along with the upcoming Shed My Skin album, Navarro also released an acoustic album comprised of demos called Skinless in late 2013 that serves as a confident primer on what Navarro is capable of on his own. And it’s really good.