ePromo Pack for The McDaniels

26 Mar
73539-A Club Date

The McDaniels @ Heartland Cafe


The McDaniels are Dorothy McDaniel on bass and vocals and Kent McDaniel on electric  or acoustic guitar and vocals. Often they add a percussionist and play as a trio. Their music is Americana: blues, roots rock, country, and jazz. They’ve played together twenty years and appear regularly at such Chicago area street fests as Evanston’s Custer Street Fair, The Ravenswood Arts Walk, Glenwood Art Fest and at Chicago area venues like Heartland Cafe, Uncommon Ground, and Silvies. 

In the late seventies Kent and his brother Doug led The McDaniel Brothers Band out of Carbondale, sharing bills with Shawn Colvin, being joined on stage regularly by Big Twist, and opening for Vassar Clements and for Earl Scruggs.  In 1980 Kent moved to Chicago and joined The Aron Burton Band led by Alligators Records’ house bass man at the time, Aron Burton. Dorothy’s background is in classical music, and she has a B.A. in music from Roosevelt and a Masters in music from Northeastern. When she took to pop music she did so with a vengeance, singing her heart out in a sweet alto and playing a mean walking bass.

They recently relocated from Chicago back to Kent’s old stomping grounds, Carbondale, Illinois, where they appear regularly on WDBX.

Below are two videos of their live performances.  Using headphones will recreate their sound with dramatically higher fidelity. Under the videos, is an audio file of their recent live appearance as a duo on WDBX radio


Boom Boom Boom – Recorded at Custer Street Fair (Evanston, IL)





Autumn Leaves – Recorded at Silvie’s  (Chicago)






Dorothy & Kent Live on WDBX


And to hear recordings of Kent’s original songs streaming free, go to Band Camp

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