Dan (Poppa D) Stamness grew up poor, and on the bad side of town. He fought his way to and from school and learned how to play the guitar on a broken down Gretch Guitar. He says “The neck was so bowed you could shoot arrows off it”. Throughout his life, no matter what he was doing, or where he was, young D had a guitar with him. He served his country for 10 years all the while picking the guitar. In Wurzburg Germany D met a guitar player who put him on the path. Jim Putman told D he was good enough, and to get in front of his own band. All of this time being told “you can’t sing’ “You are not good enough” There is no future for you” Dan ran into a believer, that he admired, and believed in enough to take action, and put himself on the line. Dan was in several bands playing several different genres, but the decision was easy. Poppa D would play D-Blues. “When they are young most people pray for success, I prayed for a great band and the Good Lord delivered.”Says Poppa D. Determination and brute force describe his four decade career. In a time when bands last hours Poppa D and the Aggravators have enjoyed over 15 years of touring and recording. Before taking the name Poppa D He was known as “Dangerous Dan Kelly and the Blues Junkies”. Add the other part of his life that is a 42 year career making music and making "Friends". By the way that is what D calls his "Fans"
D is still going strong and is grateful for the life music as given him. In a time where success seems to be measured by fame and fortune Poppa D would just scoff and say “I’m my own boss, I play my music my way, I have a kick ass Band and a full bottle of Crown. I’d call that a win, I don’t really care what you think.” One thing is certain. When Poppa D And The Aggravators are in the house it will be rocking