Country-Rock artist, Kyle Daniel, released his debut self-titled EP on Friday, March 30. The 5-song release, all co-written by Daniel, puts his life experiences in lyrical display and sheds light on personal situations that have shaped who he is. We had a chance to chat with him about it and his thoughts on the Nashville music scene. Check it out!
Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think “this is what I want to do with my life.” If so, what was it?
As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by music. During my childhood I know for a fact that I drove my parents crazy. I wasn’t ever bad, I was just always practicing SOMETHING. When I picked up the guitar at 16 years old, something went off inside of me. It felt very natural to me early on. I knew that it was going to take some work, but within the first year I had already formed a band and started playing shows. I realized this was what I wanted to do with my life when I was a finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN back in 2004.
Is there anyone in your family that you can credit as being instrumental in your decision to go into the music field?
My Uncle Glenn (RIP). He was the only other “artist” in my family. Both visual and musically. He was very accomplished at both. Bluegrass, Gospel and traditional Country music were his favorites. I always looked up to him and his creative passion. One of the more beautiful moments I remember, was the first time I had the opportunity to play on the Grand Ole Opry. He was able to listen from the nursing home and I remember him being really proud of that.
Who have been some of your biggest musical influences growing up and do the same artists currently continue to influence you now?
Gregg Allman was hands down my biggest influence, and still is to this day. The depth of his words, the growl of his voice, and the hooks in his melody really made a mark on me at a young age. I remember the first time I heard “Statesboro Blues” I was floored by the slide guitar, but then Gregg starting singing. I remember looking at my Dad in almost disbelief after he had previously said “This is real music son,” before pressing play. I was also influenced by greats such as Tom Petty, The Eagles, Little Feat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger just to name a few. They still influence me absolutely! They’re all timeless legends and their music will live on forever.
Aside from singing do you play any instruments?
I play guitar. Both electric and acoustic. I feel far more comfortable and have the ability to express myself on the electric guitar.
Since every project has a story, what’s the story behind your debut self-titled EP?
I have always played the side-guy guitar player role. With this EP, my intent was to showcase who I am as an artist with an inside look at my life. I have really concentrate my efforts in the songwriting world over the past few years, and feel as though these songs are some of the most honest ones I have written to date. I want people to know that it’s okay to feel the way they do at times, and they’re not alone.
Which song off of your EP is the most dear to you and why?
“Ain’t No Difference,” co-written by and featuring Brent Cobb. When Brent and I had the opportunity to finally get in the room together, it was very easy to let this one just flow right out. Brent brought the idea to the table and we whittled it down to what you hear on the record. The song speaks to the fact that sometimes we get caught up in ourselves so much that it’s difficult to see that we’re all the same. In the midst of the chaos we are facing, I feel like it was our hope that this song would begin to send a positive message through the lines to keep us grounded in reality and not take life for granted. Love your brothers and sisters every chance you get!
What excites you most about the Nashville music scene right now?
The large array of different styles we are seeing become popular. I love how we have become a melting pot of culture, fashion, art and music. It has been great to see the city change over the course of the past 10 years. It is also great to have the outlets such as New Faces, Whiskey Jam, Music City Roots, and Live on the Green for local artists to showcase their talent.
Can you remember your first trip to Nashville?
I’m originally from Bowling Green, KY so that would have been when I was a little chap. I don’t necessarily remember the first trip, but that skyline from I-65 south never gets old when you first see it. No wonder Bob Dylan wrote about it!
What do you do on a day off in Nashville, no work allowed?
Probably try to relax at home. Sometimes life on the road can be extremely taxing, and proper rest will do you a lot of good! I try to socialize as much as possible, so don’t think I’m a hermit, I just love my rest. Maybe delivery food, Netflix binge watching and a nap? Sounds pretty perfect to me on a “day off.”
What are some places you recommend for out-of-towners?
Dino’s for a burger, Martins for BBQ, Country Music Hall of Fame for tourists, the 5 Spot for Motown Monday, Winners bar for Whiskey Jam on Monday or Thursday, Basement East for awesome local and national shows, Opry Mills if you’re a mall person, 5 Daughters for a donut, Soulshine for pizza, Portland Brew or Barista Parlor for coffee, The Basement for New Faces on Tuesday and I Dream of Weenie because with a name like that why wouldn’t you wanna go?!?
Any last words for our readers?
I really appreciate each and every one of you taking the time to listen to the music and all of the outpouring support you have shown me over the past week. I can’t thank you enough for all of the encouragement, it really does go a long way. Thanks for being you, and hope to see you at a show sometime soon!
ABOUT KYLE DANIEL:
An uncompromising singer with a rich, deep voice, Kyle Daniel, is sure to shake up the country music scene with the release of his self-titled debut project. The Bowling Green, Kentucky native grew up listening to iconic southern rockers like Gregg Allman and credits him as a lifelong musical influence. Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Brent Cobb are also on his list of inspirations. The musician has several awards to his credit, including winning The Southern Kentucky Blues Society Blues Challenge and The International Blues Challenge. Additionally, Daniel earned the title of “Nashville’s Best Guitarist” at the 102.9 Buzz Rock Awards. After years of sharing the stage with artists such as Anderson East, Jimmy Hall, Wet Willie, Casey James, Clare Dunn and Jericho Woods, Daniel is ready to take the spotlight and share his music with the world. Daniel has released his debut self-titled EP, which is now available through all digital retailers. The 5-song release, all co-written by Daniel, puts his life experiences in lyrical display and sheds light on personal situations that have shaped who he is.