Dan Weir is a San Francisco-based songwriter and filmmaker. Orphan Town is a genre-hopping studio project featuring a rotating cast of Bay Area talent. Notable guests on 'Volume 1' include Chuck Prophet & Stephanie Finch, Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Todd Rundgren, Dick Dale, XTC), Joe Gore (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, eels, Tracy Chapman), Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, The B-52s, They Might Be Giants), and Ray Wilcox (Zircus, Tang, The Latrells). A devotee of classic songwriting, Weir draws on varied influences: Tin Pan Alley, post-war country, classic R&B, early Rock 'n Roll, Surf Rock, The Brill Building, The British Invasion, 60s soul, 70s punk, and the picture show. He describes his sound as 'Americans aping Britons aping Americans.'