“I’ve never done anything alone. There’s a pedestal that I might’ve thought I walked up on that someone else had built.”
The first time I heard Will Dailey live was at the Hotel Café (Hollywood, CA) at the tail end of his Winter West Coast tour 2016. He was a great stage performer, just as you’d expect from an artist with over 10 million spins on Spotify, top 20 on Billboard Heat Seeker Chart, and 7 wins in the Boston Music Award. The New York Post has dubbed Will “the real deal,” but that kinda goes without saying. Your buddy Jakob Dylan doesn’t hang at your shows if you’re not the real deal.Will is also the real deal when it comes to being a positive instigator, a mover with the guts and grit to make it happen. At age 12, he used his savings to buy a small guitar and amp. By age 16, he had his first public show on stage at a pub. In 2004, he sold his car to pay for his first full-length solo album, GoodbyeRedBullet. Later, he released albums with Universal, CBS Records, Wheelkick Records and JS Music Group. This do-it-yourself attitude extends to the Will’s volunteer work on the Farm Aid Board alongside legends like Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. Point is, the guy gets stuff done.
Recently, Will partnered with PledgeMusic for a crowdfunding campaign for his upcoming album. For a roamer preaching the power of music to bring people together and for artists and fans to be co-creators outside the major label machinery, there’s no time like now to put those beliefs to the test. Click over to Pledge Music and WillDailey.com to hear more about the project, check out sample tracks and gifts, and spread the word!
Earlier this month, Will played at the Boston Public Library — organizer of the Canada/Boston Music Exchange — along with Canadian singer-songwriter Emm Gryner. It’s a nice score (pun intended) for public arts and international musical collaboration in an age when funding for these kind of events can be hard to come by.
But where there’s a way, Will finds it.