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Kevin Daniel (from the album The Life and Adventures of Kevin Daniel available on Organic Records/Crossroads) (by Lee Zimmerman)
Kevin Daniel pulls no punches. That’s immediately apparent given his gruff, no-nonsense delivery. Raised in North Carolina, but now based in Nashville, he wears his feelings on his proverbial sleeve, sharing the sometimes-tattered tales of his life as viewed through his own rearview mirror.
Indeed, his musical career began on a tragic note, prompted by the death of his mother and father in a private plane crash. Shortly thereafter, he channeled his grief into an initial six song EP he titled FLY. That was followed by his second EP, Myself Through You, which began his venture into a kind of terse Americana, a sound that carried over to his initial full-length LP, Things I Don’t See, and which now finds further fruition on his current offering as well.
The song titles are certainly revealing. “Happy for a While”, “Heart Like Mine”, “Feel Like It Should”, House Don’t Feel Like Home”, and “Dragging Me Down” are both candid and confessional —mostly Country-tinged, first person narratives that are, by turns, both revelatory and reflective. He concedes that he’s happy with his ability to make music for a living without having to contend with the usual 9 to 5, but there’s no small amount of grit and gravitas in the mix as well. His emotions remain unsettled, and despite a sometimes-spirited sound, there’s clearly a cautionary tone infused in the music as well.
Ultimately, The Life and Adventures of Kevin Daniel is as striking as the name suggests, ten songs that are daring and descriptive in equal measure, and told from a decidedly candid point of view. Daniels is an insurgent at heart, but his unflinching honesty makes these songs especially intriguing. ‘All my friends are married, starting families with the ones that they love, hoping they’ll be happy for awhile’ he sings in a somewhat strained voice on the track titled “Happy for Awhile”. While more or less setting himself apart, even at the outset, he also expresses the fear that he won’t find that same sort of satisfaction for himself. In the very next song, “Heart Like Mine” he poses another question. ‘Why can’t I let go, of things I don’t know?’ he asks, as the tune takes on its measured tone.
The remainder of the album keeps to an easy, unassuming saunter, all in keeping with Kevin Daniel’s decidedly down-home demeanor. Yet despite that casual, nonchalant, matter-of-fact attitude — or maybe even because of it, in fact — the music comes across as all the more affecting. (by Lee Zimmerman)
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