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  • Jeff Daniels With The Ben Daniels Band

    Bijou Theater

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    May 19, 2015

    Photo by jamespattersonsgallery.com 

         

    Knoxville, you missed out on a great musical experience with the legendary Jeff Daniels and his son’s band, The Ben Daniels Band.

    The turnout for the show was low but the energy – both from the crowd and Daniels – was the perfect level for his music.  The consummate professional, Jeff performed just as he would to a sold out crowd in Madison Square Gardens. Funny. Precise. The band tight with much of the set list came from his latest album, “Days Like These,” but Daniels’ earlier albums were well represented, too. 

    Arguably the two most poignant points of the show was when Jeff had Amanda Merte join him on the

         

    Photo by JamesPattersonsgallery.com

    sad, “Back When You Were Into Me” and Jeff and his son, Ben, closing the show with a father/son song about watching Ben grow up. At the end of it, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. When I chatted with Daniels after the show, I asked when he was going to record the song. He indicated that it would be on a CD scheduled to be released in November. Stay tuned!

    Due to Jeff Daniels’ heavy acting schedule in the future, there will be limited opportunities to catch one of his musical performances. To catch one of his musical performances is definitely a rare and very enjoyable treat so do so if you get the chance. You won’t regret it and you’ll have yet one more reason to be a Jeff Daniels fan.

    Keep up with Jeff Daniels at JeffDaniels.com and with the Ben Daniels Band at BenDanielsBand.com.

  • Posted May, 2015

    daniels jeff 001bJeff Daniels. At the mention of his name, fans and film buffs will immediately think of one of his roles in something like sixty-one movies (and four more either in process or scheduled to be filmed).  Or, perhaps, it’s because of his role as Will McAvoy in HBO’s, The Newsroom (who can ever forget his famous “Why America Isn’t the Greatest Country Anymore” speech from that show?). The more high brow of you may instantly think of his magnificent work on the stage.

    Regardless of the realm of performance, I’d wager a dollar to a donut that you’ve seen Jeff act in one role or another at some point in the past thirty-five years. What you might not know about the legendary actor is that he is also quite an accomplished, performing guitarist.

    Yeah, way.

    I first became aware of Daniels’ guitar work a few years ago thanks to a cover story in Guitar Aficionado magazine. That article prompted me to keep tabs on his work in that arena. Precise. Prolific. Fun. All of this and more describes Mr. Daniels’ mastery of the six string.

    Jeff called me from his home in Chelsea, Michigan, to discuss his musical career and his upcoming tour. I asked him how the preparations for that tour were coming along.

    “We’re kind of doing something that we did before. We just get to do it again. We went out initially in August. I said, ‘I’ve got some songs. I want to go out with just a band. Let’s get some old

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