11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Daniel Daniel

Daniel DanielWelcome to the Nashville scene, indie/Americana artist Daniel Daniel who In May, released a debut record, “The Lonesome Hollow,” that “No Depression called “raw cut close to the bone roots music.” Daniel has also released a self-directed video for the title track.

As a follow-up on June 29, he released the song Black and Blue” as a tribute he penned to celebrate the life of the recently-departed celebrity chef and author, Anthony Bourdain. The song premiered and can be heard here at the “It’s Psychedelic Baby” blogsite.

Daniel performs this Friday, July 13, with a full band at the OG Basement as part of the 9pm show. We thank Daniel for giving us his 11 as well delivering such a promising musical debut.

 

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I am originally from the D.C. area, but I moved here in 2015 to be closer to the music scene. It helped that I had a good base of friends already living here, so it felt like home almost right away.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

The first I bought was the CD soundtrack to the motion film, Rudy, at Tower Records, and the last I bought was a beautiful jazz record by Blossom Dearie which I found at an estate sale.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

The Gypsy Kings was my first concert, and The Time Jumpers at 3rd and Lindsley was my last. If you are local to Nashville, I’d highly recommend checking the Time Jumpers out. They perform every Monday at 3rd and Lindsley. I especially love listening to Paul Franklin on pedal steel. He is one of the best players alive today.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

I’d love to see Townes Van Zandt added to the Walk of Fame

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

I like Dose for coffee. It’s unpretentious, friendly, and they make a great cup of coffee. For pizza, I love DeSano Pizza & Bakery and Folk which recently opened.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

Man, that is a tough one. There are so many great ones, but one that sticks out in my mind is Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Nashville doesn’t have a lot of late-night options so beggars can’t be choosey. But thankfully, there is the great dive bar called Dino’s Bar in East Nashville that is a great landing spot.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

My buddy Philippe Bronchtein is a great writer and steel player. My pal, Winston Yellen who has one of the prettiest voices and an innate sense of melody. And lastly, Val Steele who a lot of people don’t know about yet.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

Nashville has a lot of great venues but my personal favorite is The Basement

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

Jay Bellerose. Just because I love his playing so much and selfishly, I would want to play around town with him.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

Hoping to get on tour to help promote my new record. Also, I’ve been writing a lot and gearing up to get back in the studio.

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