Will Dailey

Will Dailey


Dailey is a CBS Records Recording Artist. Winner of the 2006 Boston Music Award for Best Male Singer Songwriter. He will be featured on the October 17th epidsode of CSI: NY. "Before long, Will Dailey’s name will be on the lips of DJs, VJs, and fans everywhere." Stacia Waraska, Performer Magazine


It is cliché for a reason, life happens in mysterious ways. If not for a bout of appendicitis that left him in great debt and physically beaten and battered, Boston singer/songwriter Will Dailey might never have made the sparkling album Back Flipping Forward (which will initially be released digitally by CBS Records), a collection that demonstrates why he took home the 2006 Boston Music Award for Best Male Singer/Songwriter.

“I was out in L.A. doing the whole major label showcase and power lunch hustle. It’s really just a terrible experience,” Dailey says laughing. “You have these people taking you out to lunch, you’re sitting next to all these famous faces and they’re telling you, ‘You’re going to be famous.’ When all you really want to do is make a great record and hit the road.”

Unfortunately, just as things were picking up in the courting Dailey calls “the dance,” he was hospitalized with appendicitis. Imagine his surprise when he, with no insurance, came out with a $50,000 hospital bill. Anyone who’s ever been sick and far from home can understand what happened next. “I get [out of the hospital], limping about, and I didn’t know what to do, so I thought, ‘I gotta go home for a little while. I know how to get back on my feet there,’” Dailey recalls. “So I come back to Boston and immediately get a phone call from my manager, ‘We’re going to make this record on our own.’ Originally, he wanted to meet with all these producers back in LA, people who’ve produced Neil Young etc. and I said, ‘I know the perfect guy to do this album with.’

That guy was Tom Polce. And in working with Polce, as well as friends, who Dailey says, “Are amazing musicians who deserved a crack at it all,” Dailey has come up with a collection of 10 tracks that are genuine, intelligent, and show the best of the singer/songwriter genre.

On songs such as the lovely melodic opener “Boom Boom,” the genteel “Eliza,” the infectious pop-rocker “Bi Polar Baby,” and the gorgeous Appalachian folk closer, “Dear Grace,” a number usually done a capella live, Dailey shows his eclectic influences, from Tom Waits to early Rod Stewart, while conveying a sound that is fresh and contemporary and, as one reviewer stated, “You hear a long forgotten master being channeled here.”

One thing Dailey knew making this record after the experience of his first album, Goodbyeredbullet, was that he wanted it to be a shared experience. And while he clearly can manage on his own, as evidenced by “Dear Grace,” he appreciates music as a communal art. “For me I like having a group of people, an ensemble, and getting everyone’s energy into this thing I created,” he says. “Last time I was more on my own, but I didn’t want this album to be that way. It is not as much of a spiritual experience. When you bring in all these different talents and personalities on something that you created and bring it to the next level together, it’s tremendous. I remember being in the studio thinking, this is the best thing I’ve done so far.’”

Working with longtime friends also gave him the opportunity to continue to pay back a Boston scene he is very proud of. That’s a big part of the reason the Boston Music Award meant so much to him. “Those bands and artists who win a Boston Music Award are just hard-working Boston musicians,” he says. “I haven’t seen a person win one of those awards who isn’t tenacious and bringing something to the music scene here. So getting that award is a gratifying feeling of accomplishment."

He admits being a little surprised because, like a true troubadour, he took his act on the road, building up a following and dedicated fan base the old-fashioned way by traveling around the country with his guitar. “Sometimes I didn’t mingle as much in Boston ‘cause I would head out and go tour the country or I’d position myself on the west coast and play up and down the west coast alone for a month and then come home, play a show, then leave again,” he says. “So to be out and come home, put out a record, and win an award was a testament to the fact that this is home, this is my base.”

Dailey says Back Flipping Forward was definitely informed by his experiences outside of his native city as well. “There are a lot of characters in songs like ‘Hollywood Hills’ and ‘Eliza,’ talking about fleeing to Mexico, spinning the tale of something that’s definitely not the true life of a guy hanging out in Boston,” Dailey says. “That kind of national experience and the traveling, getting your hands dirty on the road, definitely seeps back into your art without even trying.”

And while there are specific characters at the heart of those songs, the themes and ideas in Dailey’s lyrics hold true regardless of where a track was written. Within such songs as “Eliza,” “Good To Me,” and “Undone,” the ideas of redemption and restlessness play out as if in an early Bruce Springsteen song. In one of the strongest lyrical passages, at the conclusion of “Rise,” Dailey sings, “Wh


Hollywood Hills

Written By: Will Dailey

With a crash at the door
She fell into my arms
Out of the fires burning down
the Hollywood hills
She wore a torn up couture
Matched the soot on her face
I wet my t-shirt to wipe the grey away

Oh, the lights are shining on her
And the camera loves to roll
but me… my lips have an owner
and I’d be so apologetical I’d have to explode

In our invisible Inch
She comes to with a sigh
I wear a benefit
that’s hard to hide
though she says it’s alright
But my heart has its pride
The queen of the screen and the beast
from the streets who sings

Oh, the lights are shining on you
And the camera loves to roll
But me my lips have an owner and
I’d be so apologetical I’d have to explode

this town’s burning down
& the smoke in your head
will eat you up
oh, well I guess you know the Hollywood Hills

So the lights are shining on ya and the camera loves to roll
But me… my lips have an owner and I’d be so apologetical I’d have to explode
You might not get it cuz we come from two different worlds
& I kinda got it good and you’re just a face on a wall


Written By: Will Dailey

I’m a chemical
It is natural
No need to be alarmed
I’m re-actable
I’m a troubled soul
I Smile to keep you fooled you know
But beneath the table is a soul
From the top you’ll never know

Think of all the damage that I’ve done
That I never hear of
But every seed comes from the dark
Tonight I don’t need no one
Let me be undone

I bit my lip
Until it bled red
A quart upon the floor
So when I slip and crack
My head at least it’s then I know
just what I’m I dying for
You know you do it too.
Beneath the table is the toll
From the top you’ll now

Think of all the damage that you’ve done
That you never hear of
But every seed comes from the dark
So tonight I don’t need no one
Let me be undone

Think of all the damage that we’ve done
That we never hear of
But every seed comes from the dark now
So tonight I don’t need no one
Tonight I don’t need anyone
Let me be undone
Let me be Undone

Yesterday's Gone

Written By: Will Dailey

You paint your body red
But you’ll always be the shadow
that you’re hiding in
And all the things you’ve said
You never add them up
Before you pay for it
Beside you now, but not for long

Do you know that your
Yesterday’s Gone
So why do you hang on
When it’s over
And when we could be stars
Why do you hang on
When it is over.

I know there are waves that you can take
The ones you can’t just wash over anyway
All the ones that break before they reach your face
You’ll find another way
We’re crashing down and pulling out

Your demise it gets no rest
You use your will
to chase the moon all night
You lost our audience
Without applause
They walk away all right.

Do you know that your
Yesterday’s gone
So why do you hang on
When it’s over
And when we could be stars
Why do you hang on
When it’s over

I want our names in the sky
I want our names in the sky


Goodbyeredbullet 2004
Backflipping Forward 2006

Set List

Our tipical set list is mostly originals and a cover or two but the band knows about 12 covers. Here is a typical set:

Good To Me
Yesterday's Gone
Grand Opening
Hollywood Hills
Secret Weapon
Everybody Knows This is nowhere
Bi-Polar Baby
Won't Get Fooled Again