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About Vincent Neil Emerson
Vincent Neil Emerson has a reputation around Texas. He’s got a reputation around Nashville, and with his recent appearance in Jason Momoa’s “On the Roam” YouTube series alongside his good friend Colter Wall, he’s getting a reputation with fans of singer-songwriter music everywhere. Garden & Gun calls him “scrappy”, some call him a good time, but they’re all calling him one of the best new songwriters to come out of Texas, which is quite the call, considering the man is barely old enough to buy beer and doesn’t even have a record out yet.
VNE has been touring with Colter Wall, where he’s brought a lively vibe all his own. Also, fans of Turnpike Troubadours, American Aquarium, Jason Boland, and Charley Crockett have all been brought to their feet as he continues to open for their sold out shows.
Recently VNE teamed up with the tastemaker producers at Niles City Sound to record a debut record, full of soul and swing. Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, Niles City Sound has been defining the region’s sound, producing mega albums like Leon Bridges’ Coming Home.
About Jesse Daniel
Jesse Daniel grew up in the small mountain town of Ben Lomond, CA. Hard times hit and his parents split up, resulting in heavy, ongoing turmoil. Daniel and his brother would help their mother scavenge metal at the local landfill, which she would weld and sell at the flea market, to put food on the table. The winters were long and cold in the converted barn the family called home, making the summer season a respite to look forward to. “I learned at an early age what it meant to work hard, and to endure.” Said the singer of his youth.
His father, a talented musician and songwriter, instilled the importance of music in Daniel from an early age. He began pouring himself into music as a form of refuge, finding just that in the realm of punk rock. “I felt like there was a group of people who understood what I carried around on my shoulders… and they were just as pissed as I was.” A gifted drummer, Daniel played in numerous punk bands. This introduced him to life as a traveling musician as well as steadily increasing his drug and alcohol consumption. The singer dropped out of high school, to play music and work a series of menial jobs. “I was so lost…” he said nostalgically, “I became a garbage can. Any drug I could get, I’d take, until I found heroin. After that it was a wrap, that’s all I wanted to do.” Music quickly took the back burner. “I started getting arrested and missing shows, to the point where I sold my drums just not to get sick. I traded everything for nothing.” The next several years would be a series of stints in rehab, jail and homelessness.
“Some people call me crazy, some people call me stoned, others say I’m strung-out destined just to be alone”
The lyrics of “Soft Spot (For The Hard Stuff)”, off of his self-titled release, ring true. Not knowing how to live without the very thing that was killing him, the singer made his way back to a Lower Ocean Street motel, and walked by a thrift store window with a stacked TV display. He saw a group of older homeless men watching a Rock & Roll band play on the public access television station through the glass. “They’re pretty good!” one man said. Looking closer Jesse realized man playing on that TV screen was his father. Returning to the motel room with the other junkies he noticed the TV set was blaring in the background. An infomercial came on about a classic country CD collection, and Buck Owens played “Act Naturally”. “I was mesmerized…” as Daniel put it, “Nobody else was interested, but it shined this little bit of light into my dark world. I held on to that.” Some years later, while in a rehabilitation facility in Oakland, California, he heard someone playing a Hank Williams tune in the other room. “I had just enough in me to sit in a chair and listen to this guy I didn’t know play.” Daniel said. “I told him I wanted to play like him and he said, ‘Why don’t you?’” It was time to make a change. This was the final event of many that planted the seed in the singer’s brain, and he began to write songs out of sheer necessity. Daniel reflects on bleak feelings of melancholy hopefulness from this time in “Looks Like Rain”,
“Time goes on like always, one more time a sad song just like all the rest, I cant rewrite the history books, but I’ll damn sure do my best.”
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