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Good Rockin: The McDaniels on DBX

19 Feb



Dorothy and I returned to our favorite radio station WDBX for an hour set back in December. It was just the two of us, playinga mix of blues, country, jazz, and folk, but I’m gonna tell you, we were rocking pretty nice. There’s a recording of the set, below. I hope you give it a listen and use some headphones when you do. It’ll be worth it.


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Loy Addington

We want to thank WDBX for having us on. And especially Loy Addington, host of Lonesome Roy’s Country Hoedown. Every time  we get together with him, it feels like a
party to us.



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WDBX in Carbondale, IL





The McDaniels on WDBX

18 Oct

Dorothy and I appeared live recently on WDBX radio in Carbondale during Lonesome Roy’s Country Hoedown. And a fun hour it was. Loy Addington, who hosts the show, is a smooth interviewer and a funny guy. Talking with him was a kick, and in between conversations Dorothy and I played songs. Several originals, along with some Hank, Merle, Prine, Carter Family, and a little jazz we snuck in, too. (Loy forgave us.)

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The talk  ranged from Carbondale’s music scene, to growing tomatoes, to songwriting, to my new album, to the relationship between Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Bonnie Owens as it related to “Swinging Doors.” Concerning that last topic, I got disabused of a long held misconception of mine. You can check it all out by clicking the link below. I hope you’ll use headphones. On my laptop you can’t hear Dorothy’s bass at all, and the overall sound’s a little tinny. With phones the bass comes through nice and clear and the whole mix sounds fuller.



As I said, we talked some about my new album.  It’s called He Flies, and if  you want to check it out, it’s streaming free at Band Camp.

WDBX, where the show aired, is a gem of a station. It’s line-up rocks, and no program director or AI algorithm sets the playlist. The DJs are are volunteers who just share IMG_0204 (1)the type of music  they know and love best. A pretty refreshing mix results: blues, metal, country, jazz, hip-hop, punk, world music, electronic, classical, and various points in between. And whoever chooses the DJ volunteers does a good job. Overall, they sound pretty damn professional. I hear it’s unusual for a town of Carbondale’s size (27,000) to have a community radio station. Carbondale’s fortunate to have it.

I got started listening to it while I was vacationing down here from Chicago, and I streamed the station for years back home in Chicago. Now that I’m back in Carbondale, I’m glad to get a chance to play for the station. It’s broadcasts are fresh, high energy, and highly recommended. The station streams on the net. Check it out: WDBX


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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

Live Music VS Sand Painting

15 Nov

sand paintingLive music rivals sand-painting as impermanence’s perfect symbol. I believe that. A band works up songs for weeks and then goes out and plays. When the show’s over, what’s left? Or when a sand painting blows away?

A while ago we got a Zoom video recorder. Around a cell-phones’s size, it sports a couple condenser mikes. We started recording our shows and hoping they’ll be around forever. We’re stashing them in a time capsule. A lot of them here are on this blog, too: Just click the “Making Music” category.

The McDaniels @ Heartland Cafe

The McDaniels @ Heartland Cafe

When we play we forget the camera. But what if some corner of our mind still sees it– maybe in peripheral vision?

What if?

So we’re not recording our next show. At Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park, Chicago. This coming Friday, November 20 at 8:00 PM. Let’s see how that feels.

Like we’re sand painting.

The McDaniels behind the Backlot Bash.

The McDaniels behind the Backlot Bash.