Daniel Antopolsky is a singer/songwriter who’s never fit in. The missing man of Country Music’s Outlaw Era of the 1970s, he left the scene in his early 20s because he “was looking for something more spiritual.” Many of Daniel’s friends and acquaintances went on to legendary careers while Daniel was mentioned in fading whispers.
But he wasn’t fading. He was traveling, learning life, honing his craft, and composing songs as he saw the world. He finally settled down on a farm outside of Bordeaux, France, growing his marriage, vegetables, children, chickens, cats, and music (not necessarily in that order). One of the most prolific songwriters of “Americana” Music, a term fortunately invented in recent years because Daniel’s historically belonged nowhere… And he didn’t record any of his music until he was 64 years old in 2013.
Part country, blues, folk, rock – influenced by gospel and the synagogue – all blending into a uniquely optimistic Americana that comes from Daniel’s sense of humor, irony, love of nature, and a belief in the basic goodness of people despite having experienced the darkest sides of life. He’s a born storyteller, poet, and a master of playing with language. Not that he’ll acknowledge any of this.
Daniel’s first album is called “Sweet Lovin’ Music.” His new one is “Acoustic Outlaw.” Over the next few years he will record many of his 500 songs in different forms and hopes others interpret them too.
And finally, yes, he’s the one whose name no one knew from the famous photo on Guy and Susanna Clark’s porch with Townes Van Zandt. The one Townes describes on his album “Live at the Old Quarter.” The one in the 1970s who got dragged off the stage at the Ole Time Fiddler’s & Bluegrass Festival in North Carolina and also at that vegetarian restaurant in New Orleans he can’t remember the name of. The one who’s been drawing the same “friendly and the funky” Sheriff of Mars since he’s 5 years old and still does and even wrote a song about it… But there are a lot of stories about the man they used to call “Donut” and “Ramp Rod” and these days just call “Sheriff.”
A film about Daniel’ life called “The Sheriff of Mars” will be completed this year. (Check out the Film Website)