Kyle Daniel

Kyle Daniel will perform at the Southern Junction in Royse City this Saturday

Singer-songwriter Kyle Daniel will bring his signature mix of ’70s rock-inspired grind and outlaw country-esque grit to the Southern Junction in Royse City on Saturday.

“This will be our first time playing in the [Hunt/Rockwall County] area, but we have ties in Texas,” Daniel, who hails from Kentucky, told the Herald-Banner.

“We’ve built a little following and we have friends and family there. We played at the Republic of Texas Biker Rally (in Austin) this past summer, and it was a lot of fun.”

Back in March, Daniel released his second studio EP, What’s There to Say?, which contains five songs inspired by the challenges of being a working musician, failed relationships and living in an environment full of addiction. And, so far, that stark honesty about some of life’s hardships has resonated with audiences.

“I’ve never been much of one to write things that aren’t real, because if you try writing about things you’ve never experienced it sounds contrived because there’s no vulnerability to it,” Daniel said. “But, the reception has been great … and while, yes, being independent and self-financed when going on tour with a six-piece band is full of risks, I’d say that, for the most part, those risks have paid off.

“We’ve also been doing well overseas,” Daniel added. “We played in Berlin, Amsterdam and London, and we were very lucky to get Spotify and Apple Music involved in the promotion. We’ve had over a million streams.”

Despite the busy touring schedule, Daniel is making time to write for his next album, titled This American Dream.

“I’m constantly writing — it’s very big on my priority list,” Daniel said. “In the spring, we plan to release our full-length album.

“It’s called This American Dream, which is timely because I feel this is an appropriate time to have that kind of examination in this country.”

Daniel will perform this Saturday at the Southern Junction, at 5574 TX-276 in Royse City. In addition to Daniel’s band, the show will also feature JD Myers & Legacy. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for people aged 21 and up, and $15 for those between 18 and 20 years old.

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email THairgroveReporter@gmail.com.

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