Reese Dailey Band brings special guest to Red Cross CDWritten by Casey Harper | | email@example.com
For Reese Dailey, a song needs more than catchy lyrics and pleasant instrumentation.
“The lyrics need to mean something. A lot of people write songs [in which] the words sound good, but don’t tell a story,” he said.
Dailey, frontman of The Reese Dailey Band, as contributed the song “Live it Up” to the Red Cross benefit CD “Red, White & You.”
Dailey describes his band’s sound as “Americana; there’s a strong influence of Southern rock and singer-songwriter genre. Also, Southern blues. There’s a lot of instrumentation, but lyrics that take people places.”
Besides Dailey, who plays lead rhythm guitar, the band is comprised of Steve Taylor on the bass, Alan Smith on drums and Brian Theiss on guitar.
“Live it Up” is the first song Dailey has contributed to a benefit CD.
“It’s a song I wrote about 15 years ago when I started to record music professionally. That song is a bluesy, rocky song about a period in my life where I was involved with some people who weren’t very good, and then getting into the throes of marriage. The message is to live your life,” Dailey said.
The song is also included on the band’s first full-length CD, “Simpatico.”
“[‘Simpatico’] means of like mind, everyone’s thinking the same thing, on the same page, we all agree. The name comes from my wife and I, who used to consider ourselves the ‘simpatico twins.’ It always had special meaning for us in the old days,” Dailey said.
Reese’s father Pat, a 54-year-veteran of the music business, collaborates with his son on “Live it Up.”
“It’s really exciting to [work with him]. In all the years I’ve been singing, I’ve never done that before. I am also proud of the song that he wrote,” Pat said.
The song represents a departure from Pat’s typically folksy, Put-in-Bay-friendly vibe.
“It’s a little more of my son’s style. He’s a little more of a rock ’n’ roller,” Pat said.