Dan Wells was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, in a small community called Big Sandy Mush, near Asheville. He began playing fiddle at age nine. After leaving high school and venturing to Raleigh to study agriculture at NC State University, Dan became exposed to a wider variety of bluegrass music on the Pinecone Bluegrass Show. He began attending jam sessions in the Raleigh area, and upon graduating from NC State, was asked to join Carolina Road on guitar. He performed four years during the formative stages of that group before accepting an offer to join the James King Band. He performed across the US and Europe with James King. Later, he spent nearly eight years fronting Constant Change, a dynamic group of young Central NC musicians, known for their accurate harmonies and love of traditional bluegrass. While with this group, Dan worked to develop his songwriting skills, and had some of his songs recorded by Constant Change, Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice, the Bartley Brothers, and the Lost and Found. Three of his songs were included on the Lost and Found's "Love, Lost and Found" recording. Dan filled in several dates with the Lost and Found in 2012, and decided to officially join the group at the beginning of 2013.
He continues to work as an Agriculture Agent in Johnston County, NC and lives near Benson, NC.