Will Dailey has chosen to deviate from that predestined path of cogs and commercialism. He willfully parted ways from one of the worlds largest record labels to produce his latest full-length album.
Now independent, Dailey feels liberated. National Throat tells the story of that journey.
People have been complaining about change in the music industry for centuries but artists make art because they have to, Dailey says. I write songs because they happen to me; it fuels my life and I see it fuel other peoples lives Nothing can disrupt that. This album of songs is about doing this because you have to.
Featuring 11 new tracks, National Throat is a thriving embodiment of an authentic American Dream. It is a registry of a national reverie, one brought to fruition through a musicians pursuit of art in its rawest form. It is music felt, not contrived. It is fresh soul untarnished by the grease of cogs or disks, left pure in the midst of a virulent commercial world.
Though fortune and fame have never been of main concern, Daileys music has been amplified by acclaim: He is a three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter and his songs have been featured on more than 50 shows and films. Critics agree that he holds his ground performing next to artists like Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, and John Mellencamp. He was unfazed by the call from Oscar and Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett to join Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crowe, and Rosanne Cash in the studio. All this from a man who has never, ever been anything but a musician.
But with National Throat, Dailey risked the potential to obtain an even broader reach by parting with a major label after realizing his goals and theirs were out of whack. This time he counted on a solid fan base to save him from a failing partnership, the inspiration for one of the albums most talked-about songs. Im jumping overboard /And Im swimming back to shore, Dailey sings over a Burnett-inspired tune in Sunken Ship. Somewhat stranded but never alone, he took charge and involved his fans in a communal creative process through Pledge Music. It will be a unique experience, he wrote to his fans, a one of a kind process. When the day is done, you will have elevated my music to a whole new level. A true artistic community will be built here.
And build it they did. Daileys fans admiration feeds National Throat from the inside out like gas to an engine. The albums closing song, We Will Always Be A Band, reflects the timelessness of the special kind of relationships sewn together with sonic filaments. Its lyrics draw Daileys audience in close, wrapping us in a warm familiarity that lingers beyond silence:
Am I in your headphones
Am I on your mind
Is there a tune thats stuck in your head
That comes from a song of mine?
Indeed, listeners will hear his dynamic voice echo around the naturally catchy melodies that replay themselves effortlessly in our minds.
Though unified by Daileys characteristic plaid, rootsy charm, each song on National Throat vibrates with unique personality and showcases his dramatic vocal range. Each is a knockout delivered through a triple threat talent for singing, writing, and playing guitar. Listeners are already addicted to Why Do I, a rollicking shout-out to a promise-filled night of debauchery in his hometown, Boston. The epic, beautifully melancholic Castle of Pretending contrasts sharply with the sexy and demanding Dont Take Your Eyes Off Of Me. Dailey is not afraid to spike his songs with attitude, nor to expose a naked softness, typified by the folksy Higher Education and the romantic spoken French quote (Nous devrions tous avoir la chance de connaître lamour) that closes the McCartney-esque Once In A Century Storm.
John Philip Sousa was wrong to preemptively mourn the loss of songs that stir the blood and fire the zeal, of songs of home, of mother, and of love, that touch the heart and brighten the eye. These songs flourish and surge with vigor in National Throat. The 2014 album makes clear that Will Daileys zeal for art, for musicfor life and loveis unhampered by time and liberated from the contemporary materialism Sousa so wisely presaged. When Dailey sings, My last dollar will be spent keeping these lights on/Doing the only thing that I can we better believe him. Hes unstoppable.
Today, despite the persistence and further development of all matter of revolving things, the National Throat is alive and well in Will Dailey.
New York City native, Emily Mure, first entered the performing world as a classical oboist, playing in some of New Yorks biggest concert halls as a teenager. In college, she started writing songs and playing guitar, which gave her a new creative freedom. Drawn to folk and Irish Traditional music, she attended a summer music program at The University of Limerick. Emily fell in love with Ireland and later lived there for 6 months, making her living performing on the streets of Galway. She has two full-length albums and a few singles, including a recently released cover of Elliott Smiths Between The Bars.
Emily is currently on tour supporting her latest single, The Wedding Song (July 1st 2016). Written for her husband on their wedding day, Emily surprised him by performing the song as part of her vows in front of all their family and friends. The Wedding Song chronicles the journey of young love discovered in a foreign place (they met in Ireland) and the evolution, with its ups and downs, into a lifetime partnership.
Emily's songwriting has been recognized in prestigious national competitions (Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival). She has shared the stage with the likes of Darlingside, The Duhks, Kim Richey and many more. She has performed in reputable venues including Club Passim, The Iron Horse Music Hall and The Highline Ballroom. In addition to performing, Emily also has a strong passion for teaching and offers private beginner guitar and songwriting lessons. She hosts songwriting workshops at schools and in the community (including Club Passim, Cornell University, The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences). Please contact emily@emilymure for more information on workshops and lessons.
Emily Mure's lyrical melodies and voice, which take on a similar quality to that of her first dark and reedy instrument, are secondary to her everyday practice of poetry writing and journaling. Her willingness to be vulnerable and honest will pull you in and allow you the same.
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