Daryl Dasher

Daryl Dasher


Daryl Dasher is part of the new wave of "Outlaw Country", a harder brand of traditional country music. His voice is strong and confident. His sound is new and original, and his songs are bursting with truth.


Daryl Dasher is a lifelong musician. When he was four years old he was already telling his parents that when he grew up he was going to be a rock star just like his heroes in the band KISS. Through the years his tastes in music stretched as he explored every type of music he could find. By the time he was thirteen he was playing drums, guitar, and bass guitar in various local bands in his small hometown of Paulding, Ohio.

By the time he graduated from high school he was focused on a country music career. He was heavily influenced by artists like Marty Robbins, George Jones, Willie Nelson, and few of the newer artists like Alan Jackson and George Strait. He started writing songs and playing shows as a solo act with just his old Ovation guitar and a microphone. He entered into a talent contest put on by Lima, OH country radio station T-102.9 (American Country) in 1996 and won Best Male Vocalist. Despite his retro taste in country music, his popularity grew fast. In 2000 he played the County Fair in his hometown and experienced his first hour and forty five minute autograph line. However Daryl was still unsure about what genre he actually fit into. That is until he discovered his fathers cassette of Waylon Jennings’ Ole Waylon album, which to him incased everything he loved about music into one brilliant package. He was especially engrossed by the rhythm section, including drummer Richie Albright. Albright’s style had a profound influence on Dasher, and the album motivated him to become a better musician and writer.

In college he continued to play country shows in and around Ohio, sometimes including his father Verl Dasher on bass guitar, and occasionally using his Uncle Jon Post’s bluegrass band for backup. At the same time he was gigging with a folk band called The Cat’s Pajamas, playing for Earth Day festivals and opening for bands like MOE. After college he continued following his dreams for a career in country music, but was unhappy with the direction the country music industry was heading. He was told by one A&R person that he needed to drop the old style and get on board with the new pop oriented country music if he wanted to succeed. Instead, Daryl played one more show as a country artist in June of 2001, opening for the Honky-Tonk Tailgate Tour with Daryle Singletary and Rhett Akins, then joined the rock group Mellow Down Easy in Nashville, founded by his lifelong friend and ex-band mate Andrew Adkins and drummer Rodney Russell, playing mostly bass guitar and singing backing vocals.

Originally intending only to fill the spot in Mellow Down Easy temporarily, fate soon shifted him into full time member and co-writer for the bands second album, Brothers of the Left Hand Path. He entwined the bands more hard rock sound with his own country music roots, evident in songs like “Nashville” and “Shotgun”. Today the band is known for reaching audiences from many different genres. They were the first rock band to play a country venue called “Mammas Country” in Tennessee. They were one of the first rock bands to play W.C. Handy’s Blues Hall on Beale Street in Memphis. They continue to throw hard rock audiences with renditions of old Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings songs. For the past six years, Mellow Down Easy has seemed to be the perfect home for Daryl Dasher, but he still harbored a strong desire to return to his country roots.

In the Spring of 2005 he was given the opportunity to work on a country music side project with close friends Kent Goodson (George Jones), and Patrick Boone, co-writing and recording with one of Dasher’s favorite rock vocalists Jeff Keith from the platinum selling band TESLA (Love Song, Signs, Modern Day Cowboy). Like Dasher, Jeff Keith had always been a country music fan and wanted to create a solo record of classic sounding country songs. After two years of writing and recording the four put together an all-star band (Country Music Friends) to showcase some of the songs, and included Dasher on acoustic guitar and backing vocals.

In June of 2006 country/rock recording artist Ricky Lynn Gregg (If I Had A Cheating Heart, Three Nickels and a Dime, Can You Feel It) needed to replace his bass guitar player. Kent Goodson recommended Dasher and after a single phone conversation between Daryl and Ricky, the two meshed and he was hired. Gregg took Daryl around the world that year and also took him under his wing, teaching him to push himself as a performer and writer and showing him the ropes of the business. By 2007, Gregg was giving Dasher the opportunity to trade instruments and sing center stage during a portion of each show. This has helped to build Dasher’s fan base across the U.S. The two are currently working on writing material both for Dashers new solo album and for Gregg’s new album. In 2008, the two performed for the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville at the famous Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop for a live audience and



Written By: Daryl Dasher

All Of My Yesterdays
© 2007 Daryl Dasher
Words and music by Daryl Dasher
BMI® Hike the Stone Music

Yesterday, I wish it didn’t happen
But it did and now I’ll pay
I’ll keep paying for all I’ve done now
Until all of my yesterdays are over

I don’t know what’s become of my conscience
I don’t know what’s become of my life
I could just hope I’ve got a few more tomorrows
To make everything alright

But tonight I’ve got this brand new roll of smoke
And a bottle I can hide in
And when I’m through I’ll use it to
Dig myself this grave that I will die in
And then again

Yesterday I swear I didn’t mean to
Wake up there on the kitchen floor
And yesterday I swear I never meant to hurt you
But I’ve said these things before

And tonight I’ve got this brand new roll of smoke
And a bottle I can hide in
And when I’m through I’ll use it to
Dig myself this grave that I will die in
But then again and again and again

Lesson In Loneliness

Written By: Bridges / Epps

Lesson in Loneliness
(Bridges, Epps)

I didn’t bring you roses
I didn’t kiss you goodnight
I didn’t say I love you
I didn’t hold you tight
You told me not to leave you
And if I did that you’d be gone
I thought that you would still be here
You’d never leave me alone

You gave me my first lesson in loneliness
You taught me how to cry
You gave me a lesson I won’t forget
Even if I try
I should have held you closer I tried my best
To be there when you needed me
You gave me a lesson I won’t forget
A lesson in loneliness, lesson in loneliness

Now I know how lonely feels
I was a fool for leavin’ you
These restless nights are more than I can take
And these tears that fall are real
I can feel this pain inside
I feel cold and alone
So if this is how lonely feels
I just can’t go on

Repeat CH

Mmmm, loneliness 2x

No Regrets (For Anything I've Never Done)

Written By: Daryl Dasher

No Regrets (For Anything I’ve Never Done)
© 2000 Daryl Dasher
BMI, Hike The Stone Music

Now I’d been down so many roads by the tender age of barely 21
And I wouldn’t count the miles ahead, that road has just begun
And you might find it hard to take me for the man I’d say that I’ve become
But I tell you I’ve no regrets for anything I’ve never done

If you step inside these boots for a mile you’d find yourself no stranger to the time clock
And your body might ache from one too many times around the same old block
But as you’re stepping out take notice for there’s one last thing I think you’re gonna find
The soles of yours are thinner and might give way long before it’s quittin' time

My first job was a paper route and it helped me to make Eagle Scout
And I left that town when I was seventeen
Went to college just to please my Dad but learned more than I thought I had
And I never lost sight of the goals I had to reach
And I’ll chase down every dream I dare to dream

I’ve always been a loner, so I guess it was no wonder why I went alone
Headed out West to Idaho, just to finish a song
Thought I wanted to ride a bull so I did but I didn’t last too long
But I tell you man I’ve no regrets for anything I’ve never done

And though I haven’t made a dime I get more than my due sometimes
And life’s been tough but never for very long
And lots of times I wake up tired and take something to get me wired enough
To get me through my final song
But I hope my life’s like this until it’s gone
And I leave this world with no regrets for anything I’ve never done

My Friend

Written By: D. Dasher / B. Faulk

My Friend
Words by Daryl Dasher/Brook Faulk
Music by: Daryl Dasher
© 2008 BMI® Hike the Stone Music

Sea foam green, blue Atlantic sky
Somehow seems like a different time
We once traveled there, no cares in mind
And that’s the way I’ll remember you my friend

And wondering through the lodgepole pines
Snow in June on a trail that winds
We could laugh then with all our might
And that’s the way I’ll remember you my friend

And all won’t be lost, if again we never cross
But I hope that someday we should
But until then, now and again
Let me drift across the prairies of your mind

And so it is, and so it goes
Some love lost, some love grows
And frozen in time some memories never end
And that’s the way I’ll remember you my friend


Songs currently being streamed:
Lesson In Loneliness (Bridges/Epps)
Yesterdays (Dasher)
No Regrets (Dasher)
My Friend (Dasher/Faulk)
Shotgun (Dasher)
Can't Bring Me Down (Dasher)
Human Nature (Dasher)
Mellow Down Easy: Brothers Of The Left Hand Path
Mellow Down Easy: COSMISUTRA (2009)

Daryl Dasher: Long Road Now (Coming 2009)

Set List

For package shows, a 45-minute to 1-hour and 15 minute set is standard.
For casinos and some clubs - Three 1-hour sets

*Standard Short Original/Cover Show:

1. Ramblin' Fever - Merle Haggard
2. No Stranger To The Rain - Keith Whittley
3. Devil Woman -Marty Robbins
4. Yesterdays - Daryl Dasher
5. No Regrets - Daryl Dasher
6. Lovin' Her Was Easier - Kris Kritofferson
7. Ramblin' Man -Waylon Jennings
8. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground - Willie Nelson
9. Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty
10. Lexington Jail - Tim Easton
11. Shotgun - D. Dasher (Mellow Down Easy)
12. Folsum Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
13. Big River - Johnny Cash
14. Neon Moon - Brooks & Dunn
15. The Chair - George Strait
16. Lonesome, Onry, and Mean - Waylon Jennings
17. House of The Rising Sun - The Animals
18. Lesson in Loneliness - Daryl Dasher
19. Statue Of A Fool - Jack Greene
20. Can't Bring Me Down - Daryl Dasher (MDE)

* only an example