“We’re Not There Yet."
Nearly every day in 2020 during the pandemic, a public official or journalist would utter these words which were both annoying and amusing.
I scratched out this this tune and joined some friends here in Chicago to do a live recording. It felt good to be together, shake off some of the cobwebs.
"We're Not There Yet", single from EP, "Tastes Like Fire."
A guitar-forward and lyrical album, with eight original songs in the folk tradition of personal journeys, conversations, dedications and contemporary themes.
Dana Maragos is a superb songwriter with an excellent turn of phrase … wrapped in metaphor and allegory…pure Americana … superbly produced given crystal clear sound which showcases Maragos’ voice … a pleasure to listen to. - Americana UK - Allen Fitter
Produced by Brian Wilkie, who contributes pedal steel textures and dynamic acoustic, electric and slide guitar work and vocals, with outstanding local artists, John Abbey, Gerald Dowd, Jackson Kidder, Justin Kramer, Laurence Nugent, John Rice and Alton Smith.
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"Tastes Like Fire" (2021 EP) $5 + $2.85 shipping
"October" (2020 album) $10 + $2.85 shipping
"Dana"(2017 EP) $5 + 2.85 shipping
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Portrait by Stella Mavrides.
Photography: David Suarez, Steve Gubin, Roman Sobus and Alex Maragos
Earliest influences include her mother’s soaring soprano voice, and her grandmother buying a $25 guitar in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood when she was 6 years old; harmonizing with her sister, memorizing long, lyrical passages of the songs of Bob Dylan, Odetta, Joan Baez, and Eric Andersen.
In 2017 she released a 3-song EP, Dana, and followed with an album, October, in 2020.
In 2021, she released Tastes Like Fire, an EP featuring 3 songs
Dana is currently working on a new collection, called Unimaginable Things, due out early next year.
A south Chicago-born singer-songwriter, lives on the city’s north side, is married to George, and is a mom to Alex and Sam. Sunday church choir is a part of her regular practice and is a fan of the open mic scene. You're likely to catch her road-testing songs.
Radio play: Featured artist on WDCB-FM 90.9 "Folk Festival" hosted by Lilli Kuzma; Tastes Like Fire (2021 EP) has been featured on "American Backroads", hosted by Greg Easterling. WLUW-FM 88.7 Tom Jackson featured the song,We're Not There Yet on his show, "Somebody Else's Troubles".