July 2020, photo by Cara Torchia.

In a wide-ranging career, Dan Torchia has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, union stagehand, concert producer and a touring musician. In 2020, he has circled back to his main love — playing music and writing songs. In his partnership with acclaimed songwriter Laura Lisbeth, Dan is her guitarist, background vocalist, occasional co-writer and co-host of their popular Tiny Show concerts on Facebook Live.

As a sideman, he’s opened for Sawyer Brown and Restless Heart. He’s worked with Nashville songwriter Bill Lloyd and has performed with folk artists Betse & Clark and bluegrass mandolin legend Roland White.

He was the production assistant for the documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs And Tragedy Of Gene Clark, about the legendary songwriter who grew up in Kansas City. He also produced the Gene Clark 70th Birthday Tribute Concert at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, which featured Brewer & Shipley, Rick Clark, Buddy Woodward, Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter of the Rainmakers, Betse & Clark (in their first public performance), and Carswell & Hope. 

As a journalist in the music and pro audio industries, he was the editor of Recording Engineer/Producer magazine and has written for Ingram's and KC Studio magazines. For several years, he ran the blog Another Verse: the Rest of Kansas City’s Music History.