Tampa Bay songwriter Blake Daniels previews new LP during free Friday concert

Expect an official album release for ‘Break the Cycle’ next month.

click to enlarge CONNOR ZWETSCH
Connor Zwetsch

In a week or two, all the finishing touches on a new album from Tampa Bay songwriter Blake Danielswill be done.

Daniels works like Elliott Smith and Kurt Vile in the way he writes and records the music himself, and rough mixes of songs from Break The Cycle update the Mellencamp-y vibe of past material with a splash of saltwater and extra bells (“On and On”), cultivate his penchant for writing harmony-rich soft rockers (“Sum Blues”) and revisit the classic harmonica-boosted Americana many fans have come to love Daniels for (“Marlon Brando”).

On Friday at what’s become thee downtown Tampa venue to see live original local music each weekend, Daniels is joined by friends—Connor Zwetsch on guitar and bass, Josh Barbour on lead guitar, keyboardist Anthony Saunder and drummer Dillon Reader—as they run through all 11 tracks of the effort.

Zwetsch pulls double duty and opens the show. Look for an official album release show next month.

Blake Daniels w/Connor Zwetsch. Friday, May 14, 8 p.m. No cover. Hooch and Hive, Tampa. brokenmoldentertainment.com

See a list of Tampa “Safe & Sound” live music venues here.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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