With a rollicking debut album gaining steam, emerging Americana artist Kevin Daniel is gearing up for another breakout year as 2019 saw him log 150 shows coast-to-coast. On the deftly produced, Things I Don’t See, with Ben Rice (Norah Jones, The Candles, Aoife O’Donovan) and Kenny Siegel (Langhorne Slim, Joseph Arthur, Chris Whitley) at the helm, Daniel married 10 years of New York grit with his adventurous North Carolina upbringing to tap into something sophisticated, yet primal, pure, yet raw. New world anthems, “City That Saves,” “Name of Fame,” “Jupiter” and “Time To Rise (ft. Shannon Söderlund)” showcase Daniel’s fluid ability as a songwriter to seamlessly incorporate bits of rock, soul, country, blues, roots and Appalachia into his thoughtful examination of pain and awakenings, visceral and spiritual.
With nods to Langhorne, Ryan Bingham and Jason Isbell, Daniel’s rugged, open-hearted vocals power the pickup down the alt country highway, sizzling with slide and B3 in between the seams. From the “sublime lamentation of country-tinged Americana” (No Depression) that propels “Pour Me A Drink” to the gospel-tinged “Used to Be” (an emotional tribute to his departed parents), to the rollicking “Xanax, Cocaine & Whiskey,” his incendiary cast of characters included Will Bryant (organ/keys), Lee Falco (drums), and Brandon Morrison (bass) of Hudson Valley’s, The Restless Age, guitarist Jon LaDeau from The National Reserve, and Anthony Krizan, formerly of Spin Doctors. Acclaim has piled high, with the likes of Relix Magazine, Under The Radar, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Ditty TV, Radio Woodstock, Blurt Magazine, Americana Highways, The Alternate Root, WTJU Charlottesville, and Raleigh’s That Station staking flags of support.
Live is when his manifestations come alive. Daniel, along with his blistering band, The Bottom Line, offer a nightly revival that echoes the everyman vibe of Tom Petty while conjuring the gut-busting grooves of Drive-by Truckers. Before a recent stop at famed NC outpost The Evening Muse, Daniel and his motley crew joined the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Over The Rhine and The Raconteurs as one of “7 Buzzworthy concerts” to see by Charlotte Observer. Fans observed the “soul searing and fun loving second coming of Chris Stapleton” (JW Vibe).
“This guy’s the real deal.” – Blurt Magazine
“Emerging Americana artist exploring themes of love, loss, and redemption” – Relix
“‘A sublime lamentation of country-tinged Americana” – No Depression