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Originally a singer-songwriter, WIll Dailey has grown into a full-time rocker since his 2011 release Will Dailey & The Rivals. The full band alongside Will on this record has naturally allowed room for a more evolved and dynamic sound. Even though so much of Will’s recent focus has been on creating a fuller sound, he arrived at the WERS studio alone today. Just him, his electric guitar, and a bass drum.
Will’s first soulful song “A Dance in The Dark“ told a few tales of modern love over a smoothly reverberated guitar groove. Will then talked about his experience a few weeks ago at SXSW. He said “It’s a little bit of a whirlwind, I think for musicians your getting your gear in and every band in the world is trying to get to this one spot.” Will then said that despite the overwhelming schedule of music around the town, SXSW is a great opportunity to wander around and hear bands that you would never otherwise get to hear because when your playing shows, you miss all those other bands.
Next up Will played a soothing cover of Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).“ Between songs WIll told about the musical that he is working on with John Mellencamp and Steven King. Will is singing a role in the original production soundtrack and has a duet with Ryan Bingham.
Before heading out for the day, Will offered us a soft version of his song “Out on The Floor” from his newest record. Will says that he has been stretching these songs out by playing alone and without the full band, but the quiet solitude soothes him.
When asked how non-commercial radio has influenced him, Will said that WERS has been part of his home and he can’t even express his gratitude in words. Will doesn’t know any other places where he can hear such a variety of new and old music. If you enjoyed Will’s fantastic performance today remember to donate to WERS during this Live Music Week.