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Hailing equally from the classic Bob Dylan and Tom Waits school of singer/songwriters as well as that of modern heroes like John Mayer, Boston based artist Will Dailey betrayed his roots for a time in search of the perfect record deal in Los Angeles before some hard experiences led him back home. Produced by Tom Polce and featuring some of Beantown's top-flight working musicians ensembling effortlessly, Dailey's second album Back Flipping Forward earned him a 2006 Boston Music Award for Best Male Singer/Songwriter. One of the most compelling lyrical moments in "Rise," one of the album's edgier, blues-rock highlights, finds him making a personal confession: "When I grow up/I hope I get the hang of this/I bleed from 6 strings/I let the truth fall from my lips." That sort of honesty rings with wit and wisdom throughout the disc, from the sparse and catchy Mayer-flavored "Boom Boom" through a New Orleans styled jaunt in the "Hollywood Hills," the sweetly romantic "Eliza," and the tongue-in-cheek rolling rocker "Bi-Polar Baby." Dailey effortlessly maneuvers between folk-influenced commercial pop and stark roots rock, and for good measure includes the thoughtful Appalachian styled "Dear Grace," which he generally performs live as an a cappella tune. For all his organic flavors, he lets the listener know that '80s pop is part of his unique mix of influences, closing with a bouncy rock cover of Tears for Fears' infinitely infectious classic "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."
Performance CreditsWill Dailey Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Joe McMahon Bass,Piano,Acoustic Bass
Merrie Amsterburg Background Vocals
Tom Polce Guitar,Percussion,Hammond B3
Timothy S. Mayer Horn
Tim Obetz Pedal Steel Guitar
Cris Driscoll Guitar,Background Vocals
Glen Cancelleire Bass
Anthony Burulcich Drums
Mark Renk Background Vocals
Matt Tahaney Percussion,Tambourine
Technical CreditsTom Polce Producer,Engineer
Will Dailey Composer,Producer,Artwork,Instrumentation
John Morrical Engineer