do they call Greg McDaniel a "Son of the Blues"? Because he is the
son of a Chicago blues icon, guitarist Floyd McDaniel, and Bessie Jackson, a
singer and jazz pianist. The senior McDaniel started singing with the legendary
Ink Spots in 1930 and played guitar with such greats as Cab Calloway, Fats Waller
and Billie Holiday. Floyd McDaniel went on to fame in the '40s and '50s by forming
his own band, the Four Blazes. His contemporaries were such jazz greats as Dizzy
Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald. And he was still a celebrated soloist with The
Blues Swingers when he died at the age of 80.
at his father's knee, Greg McDaniel's career was launched at the age of seven
when he started performing on stage with his father. But Greg is now recognized
in his own right as a seasoned bass player and appears with big-name bands across
the US, in Canada and abroad.
lesson my father taught me," Greg says, "is to be a good listener
whenever I work with another artist. My Dad used to say, 'The Blues is about
a feeling.' If I can get into the head and the heart of what my fellow performers
are feeling, then I can back them up with the kind of bass playing they need."
to my Dad," Greg says, "I was able to launch my own career when my
dad introduced me to Byther Smith." Then, after touring Europe with Byther
Smith and The Night Riders in '97, Greg appeared on Byther Smith's CD, "All
presence of Greg's bass has empowered such bands as Eddy (The Chief) Clearwater, Brothers of Groove, Patty
McCulla Band, Bumble Bee Bob & The Stingers and Mississippi Heat.
on electric bass or acoustic bass, Greg has shared the stage with a host of
blues, jazz and rock artists. Among them: Junior Wells, Abbe Locke, Jimmy Dawkins,
Carey Bell, Barkin Bill, Buddy Guy, Zora Young, Bill McFarland, Sonny Seals,
A.C. Reed, James Wheeler, Pierre LaCocque, Billy Boy Arnold, Carl Weathersby,
Pat Soul, Karen Caroll, Barrel House Chuck, Ken Sadak, John Primer and Steve
has opened for such headliners as Huey Lewis & The News and Blue Oyster
Cult. He has appeared regularly at the Chicago Blues Fest with such greats as
Erwin Helfer, Katherine Davis, Jimmy Johnson, S.P. Leary, Kenny Smith, Kim Wilson,
Robert Jr. Lockwood and Dave Myers.
Greg is the former
bassist for Pat Hall and The Fat Guys Band and he appears on their recent CD,
"Heart of the Blues." To obtain "Heart of the Blues," visit
the web at The Fat Guys Band.com.
To contact Greg McDaniel about booking availability's, call (773) 878-3519.
Or E-mail him at MacDaddyFever@AOL.com