Jason Daniels has music in his blood. It runs in his family, and it runs through his veins. He writes and sings songs about the joys and pitfalls of a life well lived, and weaves these road worn stories together with his own inimitable blend of American Roots Music on “Dashboard Visions & Rearview Reflections.”
Jason’s songs on DVRR draw from his years of travels and adventures that landed him everywhere from Europe, to Grateful Dead singer Bob Weir’s Couch, to Jail. The songs are honest, heartfelt reflections of a life well lived, and the ups and downs that go along with living life to the fullest.
Recorded in East Nashville, TN at The Bomb Shelter, the studio now famous for birthing the debut album by Alabama Shakes, Dashboard Visions & Rearview Reflections sounds full and warm thanks to The Bomb Shelter’s incredible collection of vintage analog gear. The band set up all in the same room and tracked live to 2” reel to reel tape, resulting in an album that feels as great as it’s analog foundation sounds.
Speaking of the band, Daniels tapped his good friend Peter Keys, a colorful keyboard character from their days gigging around the San Francisco Bay Area, to help him assemble the perfect complement of players to capture the essence of these songs. Peter is best known as the keyboard player for the current lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and he brings along his vast repertoire of keyboard wizardry as well as his history and familiarity with Daniels to add just the right amount of color to the arrangements.
Keys tapped Nashville bassist Jay Kott to lay down the low-end foundation on DVRR. Originally from Pontiac Michigan, Kott has toured the world and/or shared the studio with Son Seals, Matt 'Guitar' Murphy, Trey Anastasio, and Randy Houser, among others. Jeff "Shakey" Fowlkes is a Nashville drummer deeply rooted in classic rock, soul, blues, and country, and adds just the right amount of rhythmic spice to DVRR’s musical gumbo. Born in Biloxi MS and raised in Detroit MI, he is best known for his work with Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, Uncle Kracker, and Kid Rock. Other players who joined in to help with their considerable talents include Kid Rock’s Guitarist Kenny Olson, Vocalists Barb Paugh and Mary Richardson, and percussionist Jeff Boggs. Saxophonist Doug Thomas from Bay Area favorites Vinyl arraigned the horns.
Music made an early impression on Jason, having grown up around Country Music Royalty. His Aunt and Uncle were Tammy Wynette and George Richey. Uncle George wrote “The Grand Tour,” and “A Picture of Me Without You,” and Daniels remembers being whisked away on a private jet and a tour bus as a young boy to go see Aunt Tammy sing. “There’s nothing like stepping off a Lear Jet and onto a Silver Eagle to impress a young musically curious mind,” says Daniels. “That stuck with me and made me pay close attention to music at an early age.”
You can listen to the Songs on DVRR and have some of the same experiences Jason himself has had. Listen to “I’ve Seen The World” and have a jam session with Ramblin Jack Elliot and Bob Weir, receive complements on your music from Tom Waits, and hang out with Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs at his Swiss Chalet. “Actions and Consequences” affords the listener the chance to misbehave without the repercussions the Author paid in full. Find your true love after a series of failed relationships when falling into “You’re An Angel.”
Like a good book, the songs on Dashboard Views and Rearview Reflections take you someplace you haven’t been, tell you stories that inspire, and let you know you aren’t alone in your feelings. Buckle up for the ride, you never know what’s going to be up around the bend.
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About the Artist
Guitarist/singer-songwriter Jason Daniels lives in Jackson, MS, and released his solo debut, Dashboard Views & Rearview Reflections in 2013.
He picked up the guitar in second grade, wrote his first song in sixth grade, and grew up loving the blues (Albert King, Freddie King, and B.B. King), New Orleans Funk (Meters, Dr. John), and Country (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard).
Daniels lived in California most of his life — growing up in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena — and explored the Golden State’s wide variety of music from Marin County down home grooves to the Blues Scene of Southern California.
He moved to Jackson in 2012 after a 5-year stay in Nashville in order to dive headfirst into the blues music he knows and loves.
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