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Singer/Songwriter/Musician D'Allan Rice was born in 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa. His girlfriends' fathers' guitar was always sitting in the dining room, seeming to beckon him to play.

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Being in love, the soft summer nights on the back porch and the gentle light of a street lamp all provided the atmospheric backdrop that would launch a musical journey that would span over 40 years.

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D'Allans' earliest experiences with music were by way of a pocket transistor radio at age 9. He could pick up KAAY in Little Rock Arkansas, WLS in Chicago and the local AM station in his home town of Burlington, Iowa. The music of James Taylor, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Everly Brothers, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones were among his early influences. The songs and Blues styles of Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and Lightnin' Hopkins would all have a tremendous impact on him as an artist. The solo performing situation seemed to fit him to a tee.

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D'Allan separated from the Navy in 1973 and moved to Iowa City, Iowa where he enrolled in art school . These artistic studies complemented his guitar playing and singing interests from 1973 to 1979. In 1980, there was a night club in Iowa City that had open mic nights and he began to play solo for the first time for people as well as joining a band with friends from his home town Burlington. The band played Country Rock, Blues and Rock and Roll.

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In 1969, the Vietnam War was escalating. D'Allan was not inspired by his studies at the local community college. A low draft lottery number persuaded him to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He ended up on a ship that cruised around the ocean off of China and Vietnam. He bought an acoustic guitar on the military base and continued playing and learning with some Philipino song books with American songs in them and with a couple of shipmates that were also playing.

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