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Kent McDaniel

26 Mar

at the heartland

 Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Kent McDaniel plays blues, roots rock, country, and jazz.  He works as a single, as a duo with his wife Dorothy sharing the vocals and adding flute and keyboards, or with a drummer and bassist as The McDaniel Trio.

An SIU grad originally from Metropolis, Kent stayed in Carbondale several years after graduation playing music full time. He then moved to Chicago, where he played for many years. Since moving back to Carbondale recently, he’s appeared regularly at such venues as PKs, Tres Hombres, 17th Street Bar B Q, Fuzzy’s, and Brews Brothers and on WDBX’s Lonesome Roys’s Country Hoedown. He also hosts Down Home Cookin’ Friday afternoons on WDBX. And he produced the popular recent album by blues legend Tawl Paul, That’s Just how I Am, for which he also provided the lead guitar and wrote five songs.

Kent’s original songs stream for free at Band Camp

Below are two videos of him performing live.  The first one shows him performing as a single and singing some country. Under it are audio recordings of two songs from a recent live appearance  on WDBX radio by Kent and his wife Dorothy. You’ll hear how they sound as a duo on these. Below those is a video of Kent with a drummer and bassist playing as a trio at the Custer Street Fair in Evanston, Illinois. 


Feelin’ Single/Seeing Double (Recorded at home for a Closed Mic Fundraiser)

Audio Recording of 2  Songs from Kent and Dorothy’s recent Live Performance on WDBX

Pride & Joy (Kent McDaniel Trio at Custer Street Fair in Evanston, IL.)