Ahead of Friday’s concert, Tampa Bay songwriter Blake Daniels shares new video for ‘Some Blues’ | Show Previews | Tampa
Last summer, Tampa Bay songwriter Blake Daniels started teasing his new album, Break the Cycle before finally releasing it last fall. This week, he left local folk and Americana fans in the thick of the effort with a new video for “Some Blues,” which he and his band will celebrate with a free concert at Ella’s in Seminole Heights on Friday. April 15.
The nearly five-minute Will Shanahan-directed clip opens with Daniels in a muscle car alone in the woods when a lone phone booth appears through the mist. Daniels, dressed in plaid and dripping with the kind of Americana that made Mellencamp an incon, steps in and the video cuts between color and black-and-white video featuring a performance by the plaintive midtempo folk gem.
Daniels told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that much of Break the cycle deals with interpersonal relationships, substance abuse and emotional disorders. He added that “Some Blues” puts all of these themes through a lens through a semi-fictional conversation, in which the narrator confesses his struggles with drug addiction and feelings of isolation with a loved one.
The video should go live on Friday, but there’s a preview online now (we’ll share the full video when it’s available).
“I tried to arrange the emotional flow of the album so that it was kind of heightened at the beginning and end, with a lull in the middle that took away the other instruments,” he said. he declares. “’Some Blues’ marks the center of this lull, with a sparse arrangement and a confessional feel.
Shanahan told CL he was drawn to Daniels’ willingness to be vulnerable with his audience, citing the heavy topic on Break the cycleand in particular “Some Blues”, which he considers Daniels’ response to his friends and loved ones who had the courage to speak out on his behalf.
“At times like these, it’s almost impossible to find the right words. If ‘Some Blues’ is Blake in the present, singing all he wanted to say in those meaningful moments, then I wanted this video to take us back to those moments when he didn’t speak and captured the raw emotion and conflict he must have felt,” said Shanahan, who shot the entire project on an LED stage in the groundbreaking virtual production studio. Seen from Tampa.