Kyle Daniel - Spring 2020

The fact that Kyle Daniel was born in Kentucky and that he now lives in Nashville means that there would never be anything but the most genuine and hugely authentic qualities to this country rocker’s music and live performances. However, we need to be careful not to label Kyle too specifically. Though hailed as a rising talent in the world of Country, Kyle brings new rock-sourced ingredients to the party, echoing his heroes The Allman Brothers amongst others. Live performances are an incendiary and powerful experience, and publications such as Rolling Stone are fully recognising this, as well as Kyle’s genre-crossing rock appeal. World events have recently resulted in the cancellation of the C2C Country to Country Festival at the O2 Arena in London which means Kyle will sadly need to wait until later in the year to wow the thousands of people attending the reschedule festival. However, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to talk to this hugely captivating artist who is single-handedly re-writing the rules on what it means to play guitar-based music. As he places his guitar down on the inside of his Nashville home, our conversation begins. 


Rolling Stone has listed you as one of their top country artists which is absolutely wonderful! With there being so many great artists in this genre, how does this make you feel?  


What an absolute honour to be included in this list of heavyweights in the genre. I feel like it’s a blessing, as well as a true testament to the hard hours and soul that I have put into this project. I am very grateful to have their love and support through this journey.


You recently visited the UK play the C2C Country to Country festival which was scheduled to take place on Friday 13th March. Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances the festival was cancelled, but what we do know is that the festival will be back later this year. How disappointed were you about the postponement and what will it mean to be playing such a prestigious festival?


My manager woke me up about 2:00 am the morning we heard the news and I got up to immediately assist with the "what to do scenario." In that moment, so many feelings rushed through my body, but I wanted to be safe first and foremost. We had recently played the Berlin and Amsterdam C2C festivals, so that somewhat put us in this grey area as far as the virus and travel ban were concerned. It was one of the hardest decisions that I have ever had to make, to just up and leave almost in the middle of the night, that would pull me away from one of the biggest dream gigs of my entire career. To say I was/am gutted about the situation would be an understatement. I know that we ARE coming back, and hopefully the fine folks who put on C2C will include us in their reschedule as well so we can really give it a go! I was excited for London to be the first city overseas to see me do my thing with a full band. It’s coming though, stay tuned!


You received a phenomenal response when you were last in the UK in October for Country Music Week. What are your memories of that visit and how did it feel to be welcomed so strongly?


It was a dream come true to be welcomed with such open arms. The folks in the UK digest music in a much more appreciative and hungry fashion than most do in the US, so that was a very nice thing to experience. My favourite memory was the very first night when we opened for Brandy Clark at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Three songs before the set was to be finished the crowd gave us a roaring, standing-ovation. I looked over at Seth (my co-writer and harmony singer) and he literally had tears in his eyes. It was one of those movie-scene moments that I will never forget. THAT is why we play music. To feel those powerful moments WITH a crowd that understands the impact of what we’re trying to do. 


When you play the C2C festival later this year, you will be playing the Spotlight stage with your full band and you are also expected to be playing other sets across the O2 arena over the festival weekend. The full band is of course a really powerful experience but what you have also demonstrated is how incredibly you perform and how strongly your songs translate acoustically. The title track to your EP What’s There To Say is a beautiful example of this. Will people get to see the acoustic side to your performance?


Thank you so much for the kind words. People will get to see ALL sides of me when I return for C2C. As a young, fresh act on the scene I know the importance of versatility and hard work ethic. I hope the fine folks in UK get to see every bit of what I’m capable of when I return.


You are planning to be back in the studio in May. When do you expect to be releasing new music and what format will this take?


We are slated to release a full-length, debut record this year. It will be somewhat of a concept record and we are excited to present this new material to the world. I feel like this is a very timely record, considering all of the things that are happening today.


It’s a shame that your recent visit to the UK was a brief one but fans can console themselves in the knowledge that as well as the C2C shows, you expect to return later in the year for a straight number of dates. How are these touring plans shaping up?


I’m SO excited about what we have cooking up. There are so many possibilities, so who knows what may pop up. I sure hope to bring the full band with me at that point, to really put on a dynamic show all over the UK. Can’t wait to see you guys then!


As our conversation draws to a close, we reflect on what an incredible artist Kyle Daniel really is. Powerful, authentic and heartfelt songs performed with absolute passion. It is with huge anticipation and excitement that we look forward to Kyle’s debut album and his return to the UK later in 2020.


Find out more at www.kyledanielmusic.com and in the meantime enjoy the music video to Born To Lose below.