Marc Daniels started his music career in the rural surroundings of Spokane, WA where he grew up in a family of very talented singers and musicians. Understanding the importance and value of music, Marc was enrolled in piano lessons in elementary school which he proceeded to take through high school. Marc drew much of his inspiration from bands ranging in various rock and country genres such as Def Leppard, Pink Floyd, Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks. It wasn’t until his early twenties that he began taking on a more active role as a singer and front man for several bands in the Pacific Northwest. A great singer should be heard, but Marc Daniels could be confused with another artist of the same name. Make no mistake about this one, he’s a one of a kind country rocker. Get out the boots and flannels and move right along to “Redheads” with the directions he takes you. It contains all the right hooks, lines and sinkers. You can either soak up the video or just jam along to it, because it’s all high energy. Even if you’re not a country music lover, this rocks and swings too. It has everything from a hot guitar riff to saloon style piano, combining everything for an overall satisfying Americana song.
Country’s subgenres are as tricky as any others, but let’s just say this isn’t the Outlaw variety or anything. It’s above the pop standard of Country Rock though, and a lot of fun once you get used to it. But if it isn’t your cup of tea, there is more to be heard from Marc Daniels on the current CD, Starting Line. This is being promoted as the lead single to entire album of different countrified sounds. There is no offense to be taken by the lyrical content on “Redheads” either, it’s done in good taste and any red headed person can comically relate. It might even garner the attention he deserves by now. The video advances from his last one, “How We Roll” from a lyric clip to a full production promo video, as it takes a front seat to promote the album in the proper way it’s being done these days. It helps the song rather than limits it, like videos can tend to do. No complaints here on the effort to back a good rocking country song with a good video. But the song itself comes first and that also gives an opportunity to point out some of the sonic values. If producer Tom Chandler is anyone to call, then you get an even bigger picture as you hear a flawless signature sound that puts the icing on the proverbial cake.
It would slice through any hair color Marc Daniels could sing about, and it makes him a better artist to the credit of both. You can listen to it or watch him get a bloody lip over someone else’s girl in the video, which gives a lot more insight to the characteristic prowess. There’s a humility in him you can’t get without watching the clip. Just like there’s a lot you can miss to a song by only watching a video. It goes to show, that it was a right choice to promote the album with. It leaves this review pointing you in both directions but the main point is to get the music and then see the video, in that order.