11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Kyle Daniel

Kyle DanielBack in April, Rolling Stone magazine included Kyle Daniel in its list of “10 Country Artists You Need to Know” along with our friend Andrew Leahey.  Daniel’s 2018 self-titled debut EP was a killer and later made Rolling Stone’s list of 2018’s Top Ten EPs. I bet it also had guys like Chris Stapleton and Jamey Johnson looking over their shoulders. If you don’t believe me, just give a listen to the barnstorming “Hangover Town.”

Well, there’s more great music coming from this gutsy Americana rocker with a classic country voice. Glide recently premiered “Born to Lose” from his upcoming “What’s There to Say?” EP. You will also hear some fine guitar work from Kyle who has served time playing with among others, Motor City’s Bob Seger and Music City’s Miranda Lambert and Jimmy Hall.

Thanks Kyle for doing the eleven and we all look forward to hearing you live at The Basement on February 28.


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

I’m originally from Bowling Green, KY. I moved to Murfreesboro in 2005 to pursue a degree in Music Business at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). While in college I formed a band called The Last Straw that toured, and we all moved to Nashville at the same time to chase the dream. We stayed together for a few years after we moved here, but then all decided to go our separate ways and explore other opportunities.

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

The first record I ever bought was Dookie by Green Day. It was the gold CD, and I’m not positive, but I believe that was some sort of limited release. At any rate, I LOVED that album. The last record I bought was digital and it was the new Rival Sons album Feral Roots. If you don’t know about those dudes, I highly suggest checking them out. Jay Buchanan is a MONSTER vocalist!

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

First show was Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers Band at Starwood Amphitheater back in the 90’s (GREAT Allman Brothers era). The most recent show I’ve seen was The Cadillac Three, because we just started their “Country Fuzz Tour” with them. Those dudes are ROCKSTARS!

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

Mike Grimes! What would Nashville be without Grimey’s, The Basement and now The Basement East?

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

Five Points Pizza because that habanero cream sauce pie is insanely good, and Portland Brew because they’re my favorite!

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

Cage the Elephant’s debut record. I went to high school with those dudes, and I’m so proud to see all of their hard work paying off. Matt is one of our generations best rock n roll writers and performers. He is one of my favorites.

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

Dino’s all day! They have the best burger in town.

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

Jaren Johnston, Jason Isbell and Seth Rentfrow because he would absolutely lose his mind.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

I love The Basement and The Basement East. Both venues have something special about them, and Grimey has been a huge help in getting this project off the ground.

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

Lukas Nelson, so we could collaborate.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

We are about to drop a new record on March 15 called “What’s There to Say?” We are extremely excited about it and the shows that will follow. We have some secrets up our sleeves for the year, but I can’t give it all away just yet! Stay tuned!



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