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ePromo Pack for Kent McDaniel

26 Mar

at the heartland

 Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Kent McDaniel makes Americana music: blues, roots rock, country, and jazz.  He works as a single, or with a drummer and bassist, or with a fourth piece as The Kent McDaniel Band. He appears regularly at Chicago area street fests like Evanston’s Custer Street Fair, The Ravenswood Arts Walk, Glenwood Art Fest, and at such Chicago venues as Heartland Cafe, Uncommon Ground, and Silvies. Since moving back to to Carbondale in late 2017, he has appeared regularly at PKs and Tres Hombres and on WDBX’s Lonesome Roys’s Country Hoedown. He also hosts his own show Friday afternoons on WDBX, Down Home Cookin’. And in August, 2018 downstate blues legend Tawl Paul released  Kent’s song “When the Blues Come Knockin'”, which has received much airplay both in southern Illinois and around the country.

Although he lived and performed in Chicago until recently, his roots in Carbondale and Southern Illinois go deep. An SIU grad originally from Metropolis, in the late seventies Kent led The McDaniel Brothers Band out of Carbondale, sharing bills with Shawn Colvin, being joined on stage regularly by Big Twist, and opening for such acts as Vassar Clements and for Earl Scruggs. In 1980 he joined The Aron Burton Band in Chicago, led by Alligator Records’ house bass man, Aron Burton.  After several years with Aron, Kent went on to play regularly in Chicago as a bandleader, and still  plays there frequently.

Below is a video him performing live.  (Using headphones recreates his sound a lot more accurately.) Under the video, are three songs from a recent live appearance  on WDBX radio

“Matchbox” (Recorded at Glenwood Arts Fest, Chicago)



3 Songs from Kent’s recent Live Performance on WDBX (guitar, bass, & vocals)



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