Daily Discovery: Will Dailey, “Higher Education”

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Will Dailey is an acclaimed recording and performing artist, who is a three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. The Boston native released his breakout album, National Throat, earlier this year. Check out the banjo-driven single, “Higher Education.”

ARTIST: Will Dailey

SONG: Higher Education

BIRTHDATE: August 2010 (project)


CURRENT LOCATION: Boston Logan Airport

AMBITIONS: Procure a solid middle class for rock and roll, songwriters and creators alike, be better than I was yesterday (which is easy; yesterday was shit)

TURN-OFFS: Switches in the down position, the answer “No,” “You need rest,” plastic, water bottles, corporate farming, “There’s no pay but it’s gonna be a cool gig.”

TURN-ONS: Switches in the up position, the answer “Yes,” finger foods delivered on trays, “We’d like to give you a guitar,” “You can just record here,” “It’s sold out.”

DREAM GIG: Being Father John Misty’s piano, playing tambourine with Eddie Vedder & Sleater-Kinney, singing the Sonny Bono part for a “Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done” with Cher, or a touring tribute to Warren Zevon

FAVORITE LYRIC: “The ones who love us best are the ones we’ll lay to rest and visit their graves on holidays at best. The ones who love us least are the ones we’ll die to please. If it’s any consolation, I don’t begin to understand them.” -Paul Westerberg


SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Left Over Wine” By Melanie and anything by Burt Bacharach

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH:  Nisa Dailey, Mark Ribot (in hopes that it would turn into a guitar lesson), Taylor Swift or the person who wrote the WallStreet journal piece, Howard Zinn (I know that’s impossible) so Cornel West, and all my friends I haven’t had the time to see in the past 6 months.

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Peter Gabriel Secret World Tour: It was amazing and I was even too young to know how amazing it was.

I WROTE THIS SONG: Higher Education

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