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(An excerpt from the Daliens newsletter Vol.6 Issue No.1)
You say you like Cadillacs, diesel smoke, truckstops and Bakersfield style twangin' telecasters? Then read on.
Oildale, California, may be best known as the birthplace of Merle Haggard, but it is also notable for being the home of the Daliens. Though the Daliens still play their home town as often as they can and the band remains a popular west coast act from L.A. to Pumpkin Center, its two lead singers, Brett and Silvia Neal were determined to come to Texas to bring the Bakersfield sound back to its roots.
Two years later, the Daliens are now at the heart of the Ameripolitan music movement which has sprouted up from those very roots right there in Austin. When asked to comment on the new musical genre Silvia said, “After 40 years in the wilderness, the kind of music we love has been reclaimed, renamed, and is being revitalized. To say the music we play is “Country” now, is like saying, “I feel gay” when I'm in a good mood. The word just doesn’t mean what it used to.”
What defines the Daliens' repertoire most is the timeless quality of the material. According to Brett, “The songs we write and the tunes we cover can, and do, vary greatly. But the themes, melodies and rhythms always reflect our musical roots. We sing about the extraordinary lives and times of ordinary folks in a style that makes our audience want to move their feet. It’s the music we were raised on and I don’t think we could do anything different if we tried.”
So, call it Hillbilly, Country, or now, Ameripolitan, just don't miss The Daliens when they're within your cruising radius- they're the genuine thing.
By “Lonesome” Cole Jacobs
The Daliens’ Fan Club
Simi Valley / Ventura County Chapter