Daryl Dasher, a founding member of the popular Nasvhille rock trio Mellow Down Easy, has released his first solo album after touring with the group for over 10 years, thus enabling him to make a true Country record.
Dasher’s influences run along the lines of George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins, Townes Van Zandt. You get the idea. Long Road Now is a showcase of these influences combined with original flavors. The result is an album that is retro yet somehow fresh. The front cover carries no name, only a lonely black and white photo. The album starts off with a lonely theme as well, the first track, “Lesson In Lonliness” grooves out it’s frustration in a pleasing Waylon-esque delivery. Speaking of Waylon Jennings, his influence on Dasher’s music is evident in more than just his styling. Several musicians who played with the legend are providing backup on the album, including Richie Albright on drums.
Albright is significant, as Dasher has stated he wrote the song “Yesterdays” after waking up with a drum beat in his head. ” I didn’t know where the song was going, but I knew it was Richie playing,” he says. “I got a drink of water, wrote down the song in a daze and went to sleep. When I got up, it was there.” Fate would intervene later and Dasher would not only meet Albright, but become friends with him as well. This led to Albright actually playing on the recording of “Yesterdays” as well as the entire album.
Dasher gives a nod to Jennings and Kristofferson with a mournfully beautiful rendition of ”Lovin’ Her Was Easier.” His voice soars on another cover, “Devil Woman” a song made famous by the great Marty Robin. You can hear the influence of the original, but his unique tone brings a new soulfulness to the song.
“No Regrets” is a feel good autobiographical tale… ”I headed out west to Idaho, just to finish a song…..but I’ve no regrets for anything I’ve never done…”
Other stand-out tracks include “My Friend”, a sweet and melancholy original, “The Next Wind,” a song written by Brigitte London, and delivered with feeling and outstanding vocals. Another one of my favorites is the original ” Long Road Now.” It shows a hint of a possible future folk direction, and a commentary on social conscience…”would hunger really end hunger, would war really end war, wouldn’t we just ask for more..further down the road, it’s a long road now.”
“Shotgun” lets Dasher cut loose and let out a bit of his rock side, while “I Saw The Master” is an inspiring Spiritual, which features members of Dasher’s family including his mother, father and uncle.
Daryl Dasher’s unique rolling baritone slides into the listener’s soul and takes up residence. A dynamic, commanding and uninhibited vocalist and performer, his star power lies in his ability to truly connect. So go connect yourself, get a copy.
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Richard Diehn hails from the hills of Northern West Virginia where he grew up as a member of his family’s traveling band. He’s a writer, storyteller, and petrologist (Rockhound). He enjoys fishing, kite flying with his daughter, Gentleman Jack, and stalking his favorite country singer, George Jones.
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