shepherd express's review of "a country mile"

The cowboy hatted Milwaukee singer effectively evokes much of the best of the 1970s-‘90s. A Country Mile offers a half-dozen dips into deeply twangy pedal steel guitar and sympathetically sawing fiddle, setting off Lepien's amiable vocals. He delivers what could well be described as a Midwestern drawl. Lepien comes off as a loyal, industrious salt of the earth everyman with a soft spot for sinking a baited hook into some water to see what fish bite. 

A Country Mile establishes Lepien as a go-to guy for country lovers who fondly recall the heydays of Tracy Byrd and Mark Chesnutt but leavened with a bit of Roger Miller and Brad Paisley’s wit. Listeners who appreciate newer artists with older fashioned grit about them, like Jon Pardi and Jordan Davis, should also make room for Lepien on their playlists. Until he ponies up more of his wholesome goodness into a lengthier package, A Country Mile goes a long way toward establishing Lepien as a talent deserving wider recognition. -Jamie Lee Rake, Shepherd Express (October 2021)


Chris Young's headlining the Main Stage on Aug. 6, and no doubt he'll put on a slick country rock show. But I implore Young fans to check out the Sauk City-born Lepien. He doesn't make the kind of glossy, lightweight songs in heavy rotation on country radio, but they've got a lot more heart and wit than a fair amount of songs coming out of Music Row these days. Aug. 6 will also double as the release show for Lepien's new album "A Country Mile." And if you can't see him on the 6th (or want to see him again) he'll also play the fair on Aug 9, 11, and 12.

Breaking and entering's review of "a country mile"

Country star Dan Lepien has a new record out today. The guy delivers six songs about the dust he’s picked up to finally be in a desirable place. He has trouble saying no to a good time but he’s also determined to make ends meet, all while making his honey happy. Dan Lepien lays out the balance of work and play with “A Country Mile” and invites you to join him for the ride.

Piet Levy's review of Dan's single 'get it done' in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Sauk City native did some time in Nashville before settling in Nashotah, but this dusty blue-collar anthem has a lot more character and twang in its three-minute runtime than most of the radio-ready singles coming out of Music Row these days.

Radio stations that support dan lepien's music



“I booked Dan several shows right when I opened and they  have all been stellar. His performances always keep the bar full and then some... He conducts himself with professionalism and is a pleasure to work with! He’s a fan favorite of many and we can’t wait to have him back.” -Karah Pugh, owner of Local Waters in Watertown 


“We love Dan! He is very talented and plays great music! He always puts on aN AMAZING show and keeps people having a good time. He is friendly and maintains professionalism. I would book him any day of the week!”-Brian Borkowski, owner of Vino Etcetera in Oconomowoc"


“Dan rocks! He always brings a great crowd, keeps the party going, and he is the most up and coming musician in the lake country area!”-Craig Kuhtz, owner of Kuhtz’s General Store in Stone Bank


“Dan is one of a kind. the crowd can’t get enough of him! He always keeps the energy up and keeps our patrons having a great time! He’s talented and sounds excellent! Big things ARE in his future.” -Jessica Leasum, owner of Collin’s Deck Bar in West Bend