But most importantly, he did it because he has been a bass player since he was twelve years old, and he really, really, really sucks at guitar. Originally hailing from Buffalo NY, he has been touring the USA (literally) since March of 2002, building a sizable following and turning heads with his blend of fingerpicking, slapping, tapping, harmonics, and chording to accompany his voice. To say that Horan plays the bass like a guitar is a vast understatement. More to the point, he plays it like a dulcimer, a drum set, a harp, and a xylophone all at the same time. This quote from the Ocean City Beachcomber sums it up: "He plays solo bass guitar like Victor Wooten, sings songs like John Mayer and Ani DiFranco, and performs with the intensity of Martin Sexton. Hes a freak of nature, and hes phenomenal." For the last five months of 2008, Horan opened the production process up to his mailing list, offering bonafide production credit to anyone who invested in the creation of his next work.
Each week for twenty weeks, Horan emailed his "producers" an MP3, which they would rate and give feedback on. At the end of the process, these producers ultimately decided which songs would make the final cut that would become Horan's next record. The result, "Clang & Chime", was released in October 2009. Read more on Last.fm.
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