13th Annual Americana Album Nominee
13th Annual Alt. Country Song Nominee
11th Annual EP Vox Pop Winner
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Record Label: Self-Released
Home Base: East Nashville, TN
Genres: Americana/Folk/Alt. Country/Bluegrass
Categories Entered: Americana Album, Best Alt. Country Song
Work Submitted: Album – The Danberrys (Self-titled), Alt. Country Song – “Big Rig”
Artists Featured: Ben DeBerry, Dorothy Daniel, Ethan Ballinger, Christian Sedelmyer, Jon Cavendish, Mikie Martel
Label: Two Mule Records
Who are your influences?: It would probably be easier to list our non-influences. Our music draws from many forms of Roots, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Rock & Roll, Funk, R&B, and Country.
Describe your nominated work: This work is our first full length release. It was co-produced by Ben DeBerry, Dorothy Daniel, and Ethan Ballinger. Wilton Wall was the recording Engineer, Mikie Martel was our pro-tools fellow, and Brandon Bell mixed the record for us. Mastered at Independent Mastering in Nashville, TN.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: Nine of the 11 songs were cut live, including original vocal takes on two of those songs, so it could be said that the whole record was a happy accident. All of the lead breaks happened during the moment and there are a few outtakes that made it onto the album as background noise. We definitely did some experimenting with the drum sounds on Meet Me There and the C.B. Radio sounds on Big Rig.
How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: We were able to pay for this project as we were using funds from Dorothy and Ben’s unexciting day jobs.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: Luckily our fans come in all ages and from all backgrounds. We’re grateful that we seem to have a wide appeal.
Who are your musical heroes & influences?: Far too many to list and all too important to call out just a few.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: We’ve never really listened to another artist’s song & had that thought. Songs are so personal that it’s hard to imagine writing another person’s song.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: Probably nothing would surprise our fans. We listen to everything. There really isn’t a lot of music that’s out of bounds for us.
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: We usually discover new music through friends and going out to shows around town. We also discover new music through Spotify sometimes, but we buy the music when we like it since we want to support the artist. We’re also total suckers for vinyl. If a band releases an album on vinyl, we will buy it.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is…our imaginary friend.
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: We’re about to cut a new record (or two) and have several festivals on the books for summer/fall of 2014.