Of course, it wasn't long before the trailblazers moved on, forging a unique country/blues answer to punk's standard surf/twang. In the wake of Nirvana, Social Distortion even had a small taste of major-label success, with their '92 Epic release, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. In 1999, Ness cranked out two solo albums -- one of C&W covers and one of bluesy originals -- and toured with a band of blues veterans. The following year, longtime Social Distortion guitarist Daniel Danell died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. For Ness, a new Social Distortion album (still in the works) preceded by a national tour was the best way to honor the memory of his high-school friend, with whom he'd sit by the railroad tracks, drinking beer and dreaming about one day starting a band.
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