By now we’ve relayed the story many times about how Will Dailey reclaimed his career from a major label by self-releasing his latest, award-winning album National Throat on the push of a successful Pledge campaign and endless gigging. But the story doesn’t end with Dailey nabbing Album and Artist of the Year in the 2014 Boston Music Awards. Like any successful tale of reinvention and perseverance, the saga is ongoing, and Dailey hasn’t slowed down a bit.
After National Throat debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, the hits kept coming, with the Improper Bostonian naming it Album of the Year in their annual Boston’s Best issue. “Alternating between introspective soul and kick-in-the-teeth rock ’n’ roll, National Throat has the newly liberated Dailey flexing his artistic muscles in confident protest of an industry he’d found increasingly restrictive. Free falling never sounded so secure.”
This summer, Dailey jammed with Eddie Vedder at the Hot Stove Cool Music concert in Chicago, while finding the time to blast out a Daytrotter session. He then went from Daytrotter to globetrotter in August, covering three countries in his quest to bring National Throat to the people.
But the love still originates here at home.
“Dailey has a natural charisma, particularly as a vocalist, and much of National Throat gives him room to simply emote,” writes the great