Countryman was born in Mount Vernon, Washington. He has performed with numerous bands, and in the mid-80s he became a songwriter and performer with the Seattle band The Amazing Pink Things. The group was a comedy vocal cabaret act that performed on the West Coast (mostly in Washington State, California, Oregon, Alaska), but the group also performed in NYC and in Nevada. The group featured two men and two women delivering smooth harmonies somewhat similar to the Manhattan Transfer, but singing satirical songs, many of which were written by Countryman.
Music critic Wayne Lee of the Seattle Times wrote: "The Amazing Pink Things have got it all: fresh ideas, pleasing looks, fine voices, tight harmonies, polished arrangements, inventive staging, great timing and last, but definitely not least, superbly developed comic talent." The Pink Things had national management and made several appearances on "The Late Show with Arsenio Hall" on Fox-Paramount Television, as well as several other national television programs.
During the years 1996 to 2003, Countryman temporarily left performing, and became publisher and editor for a "retro" music publication that he founded entitled "Cool and Strange Music Magazine", which featured exclusive interviews with music legends such as Les Paul, Stan Freberg and Robert Moog. In 2003, Countryman sold the magazine and returned to making music. His first musical effort (post-magazine) was with legendary electronic music pioneer Jean Jacques Perrey in Paris, France. Perrey later flew to Countryman's studio in Everett, Washington which was described by one reporter as an "analog-synth wonderland." They created a great deal of their music partly by collaboration over the internet. The duo created two albums including "The Happy Electro-Pop Music Machine", as well as a second album, "Destination Space". The musical twosome performed many concerts in both Europe and America. In 2006, Perrey and Countryman produced the single "Chicken on the Rocks," which became an underground hit, and in 2010 the song was featured on the American Sitcom"South Park", used on the episode "Medicinal Fried Chicken".
In 2013, Countryman switched gears, and returned to singing, creating his own vocal "retro" pop, writing both the words and the music to his songs. That year, he released "Pop! The Incredible, Fantastic Retro Pop World of Dana Countryman", an album of songs written in the style of 1960's and 1970's vocal pop. This was followed up in 2014 with the even more successful "Pop2! The Exploding Musical Mind of Dana Countryman". Both albums received extensive airplay on "retro" pop radio and podcasts, and "Pop2!" was voted by three radio stations as "one of the best albums of 2014".
Countryman's newest release is "Pop3! Welcome To My Time Warp", another collection of catchy pop originals, written once again in the styles of the '60s and '70s Top 40 radio. The new album features many musical guest artists, including members of the Brian Wilson Band, as well as former members of Jellyfish, Klaatu, Liar's Club, and Big Brother and Holding Company.
- William A. Johnson, Pop Times Magazine