Bullet Backstory Featuring Josh Daniel

Photo Credit: Justin Fedor

Josh Daniel and Peter Grey will be performing on The Tennessee Shines Radio Show on February 8th! Josh Daniel is a North Carolina singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose passion and enthusiasm are evident every time he takes the stage. Daniel describes his sound as “Rock n Roll” but it’s much broader than that. Josh is able to mold his influences in to a unique sound that is entirely his own.

Blending rock n roll with bluegrass, funk and soul music with a reggae backbeat, you never know which way he will lead the crowd. By the tender age of 19 Daniel had a full length CD of original music under his belt and performed hundreds of live shows. Since then he has released a catalog of music with his critically acclaimed band The New Familiars that includes several EPs, a full length CD, a live effort and a 45 single with a wonderful cover of the classic soul song “My Girl”.

Raised on the vinyl of the 1970′s where Soul and Rock n Roll played equal parts, Josh’s repertoire is stunning, and estimates he knows “a couple hundred” songs along with countless original compositions which range from complex bluegrass instrumentals to full blown pop classics.

Peter Gray is Charlotte, North Carolina composer, songwriter and guitarist perhaps best known as cult-indie rocker Benji Hughes’ guitarist but Peter is a complex songwriter in his own right releasing the self-produced CD “The Darkness Closes In” in late 2016 to great reviews. Peter is a fresh guitar player and his approach to songwriting is very unique.

Josh and Peter have been playing music together off and on for over 10 years and they have great interplay between them.

Tennessee Shines Radio Show is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7pm at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City. The show is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Tickets are $7 plus applicable fees in advance, available at http://jigandreel.ticketleap.com/ or $10 at the door starting at 6pm.

In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory featuring Josh Daniel!

  • Biggest musical influences? Grateful Dead, Beach Boys, Allman Brothers, Beatles.
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I just LOVE music!! I love listening to records, going to live shows and just the magic of making music with folks of all backgrounds.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Play everyday, play with lots of different people and be open to all styles!
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Go to the Blue Plate Special!!! What a great thing you guys have going in Knoxville! I’m very jealous that we don’t have something like this in my hometown of Charlotte NC.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Wow, what a great question… my initial thought was Prince but there are so many greats in every genre it would be tough to narrow it down… how bout an all star band with John Bonham on Drums, Jaco on Bass, Miles on Trumpet, Jerry Garcia on guitar, Elton John on keys and Aretha Franklin singing backup!
  • Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? I’ve had many great sessions on WDVX!  I enjoyed having Knoxville’s own Sam Quinn on upright bass the last time I played!

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