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Nashville Music Scene
What happens in Nashville, stays in Nashville.
If you have never had the opportunity to visit Music City and experience the ambiance along Broadway, whether upper or lower or everything in between, I highly suggest it.
I visited Nashville for one reason—music. Actually country music, but I was pleasantly surprised with an amazing mixture of most genres. Yes, I even heard rap, soul, Southern rock, and they were even singing the blues. I was impressed with the drive and desire to fuel the artist's passion.
Walking along Broadway the sounds of music pours out into the streets while the alcohol is poured into the chilled glasses inside the bars. Then comes the laughter, the dancing, the new friendships made. What a fine combination: music, dancing, laughter, friends and booze.
So what are y'all waiting for? Nashville musicians are waiting on you to visit so they could entertain you. They welcome song requests and please tip them well, these amazing artists work hard for their money.
Introducing Daniel Allen
Daniel Allen hails from Dothan, Alabama, and he currently considers Nashville, Tennessee, his home. This musician has a magnificent mixture of talent and charisma that when combined combusts to perfect performances.
Come on y'all and check out Daniel Allen, lead singer of the Vegabonds.
The Vegabonds are Southern rock 'n' rollers that want to make you move! Chances are you will also discover that you have a new favorite band, as I did.
Question: What is your favorite food, drink, and dessert?
Answer: I love anything with chicken! My favorite drinks from morning to night are: coffee, water, diet coke, cold beer, merlot, whiskey. My favorite dessert is pecan pie.
Question: Is there a family history of musicians?
Answer: My grandfather played in bands when he was a teenager before he joined the Air Force. I also have a great-uncle who played steel guitar in Texas for a living. My aunt went to college for music as well. My mother sings in our hometown church choir, but I'm the only one in my immediate family (dad, mom, and sisters) that plays any type of instrument.
Question: Do you have a pre-performance ritual?
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Answer: I am in a band called, The Vegabonds, and we have been blessed to play around the world for all size crowds and people. Before every show, I thank God for the opportunity to do what I love, then I think about the setlist that night and how it flows and connects with the crowd. It keeps my mind away from any distractions before a show.
Question: Is there a musician that has inspired you?
Answer: Caleb Followill from Kings of Leon. I first heard KOL in college, and I was hooked on their sound.
Question: What inspired your love of music?
Answer: I am able to express my feelings through my music and that's why I love it. Any time I feel happy, sad, or bored, my guitar and notebook are my outlet to express that.
Question: Would you want a record deal or prefer to be independent?
Answer: I have always loved being independent, it allows me to write the songs I want without any outside interference. These days an independent artist or band has every available avenue to put out their own music and get it to the masses. It just takes a lot of hard work and knowledge to know what needs to be done.
Question: Do you play any instruments?
Answer: Yes, I play guitar, bass, and harmonica. I just started messing around on the drums too. I know like three different beats now...I could easily play in a Tom Petty cover band, haha.
Question: Do you write your own songs?
Answer: Yes, I love to write songs, it's my true passion.
Question: Have you written songs for other musicians?
Answer: Yes, co-writes are a lot of fun for me. It allows me to bounce ideas off of someone else, and usually ends up being a great song.
Question: Who is your muse?
Answer: My wife. She gives me the inspiration for my love songs. Also life's situations like paying bills, working a job, and time with family and friends.
Question: Who is the most famous musician that you have met?
Answer: I got to meet Gregg Allman from the Allman Brothers back in 2011. The Vegabonds opened up a show for him at SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL.
Question: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Answer: I see myself with a publishing company writing music and also continuing to put out my own records.
Question: How long have you been in the music industry?
Answer: Right around 10 years.
Question: How did you get started as a musician?
Answer: I got started in college bands, and that carried over into my "adult life" and it's still the way I make a living.
Question: What has your most memorable moment been so far?
Answer: A show we had in Aviles, Spain, with a packed room of Spanish folks that knew our music. That was an awesome feeling.
Question: Will you share a story about a song you've written?
Answer: I wrote lyrics to a new song called "Help Is On The Way" that I'm really proud of. It's about the financial crisis of 2008 and how the greed in this country really screwed up a lot of people and families. It basically follows a guy who lost his job, fell into alcoholism, and then eventually came to grips and got his life back together.
Question: How about sharing a story about a song that is very special to you?
Answer: I wrote a song called "Take a Ride" that was released this year by my band. The song talks about struggling in a career that I love and following my dreams, and the sacrifices that come along with that path. The chorus on the song is all about going home and hanging out with my friends and family, and the support they give me along my journey.
Question: What is your favorite concert you've been to?
Answer: My wife and I just recently went to the 50th CMA's in Nashville. It was awesome to see all of the country artists I grew up listening to alongside all of the new country artists. It wasn't really a concert, but it was still great.
Question: What advice would you give a new artist?
Answer: Work hard and always continue to get better and grow. Don't look for, or expect instant success. We live in a world where everything is at your fingertips and no one wants to wait for anything. The music business is a long hard road, but it's worth it.
Question: What are your thoughts on the evolution of country music?
Answer: I think all music evolves or it dies. I don't really like the country music on the radio, but that's not the only country being put out right now. If you're tired of country radio, go check out artists like Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. These are the guys putting out real music, and the only way "country radio" will change is if artists like them get support. Radio plays what makes money, period.
List of Favorites and Fun Facts
- Quote: "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it."
- Song: "Cover Me Up" by Jason Isbell
- Musicians: Caleb Followill, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Tom Petty, Avett Brothers
- An artist to collaborate with: Chris Stapleton
- Nashville venue: The War Memorial Auditorium
- Act to open for: Kings of Leon
- Actor to portray Daniel in the movie of his life: Usher
- Perfect "one night only" concert: Red Rocks in Colorado
- The Vegabonds have four albums for sale on iTunes
- Check out their schedule on their website and go see a live show near you
- Contact the band via Facebook or their website (Links below)
- Toppings on nachos: Jalapeños, guacamole, pepper jack cheese and chicken
© 2016 Linda Bilyeu
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 29, 2016:
I really like this band's sound. I love Southern Rock. Also can relate to Daniel Allen's admiration of Chris Stapleton. I think he's one of the best singer/songwriters out there right now.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 25, 2016:
Superb band, MM. Daniel Allen and The Vegabonds are quite a pleasure to have as part of my series.
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 25, 2016:
Inspired by some of my favorite musicians: Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Tom Petty, and the Avett Brothers.
Daniel has a pleasing sound - like an old soul who has this music in his blood.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 23, 2016:
He endeared himself to me with the words..."I thank God"....to Him be the glory for the talent and success. Am off to listen to his songs.
Am a huge country fan but love all genres ...
Angels are headed your way this morning...and wishes for a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving ps
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 22, 2016:
Nell Rose from England on November 22, 2016:
Hiya Linda, I love this music! you certainly know how to pick the best ones! loving your music hubs! :)