"From the first track, I was hooked."
-Front Porch Musings
"Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil appear poised to dive headfirst into a sea of increased notoriety and greater critical acclaim."
-The Shoals Sound
Doc Dailey has been writing and performing original music around the South for the last few years. From Muscle Shoals, AL, his sound has been described as Americana, Indie-Folk, and Gritty Southern Pop. Sometimes he flies solo, sometimes he’s accompanied by others, and sometimes there’s a full band in tow.
In December 2005, Dailey self-released a 6-song debut, The Family EP, on his own Southern Discipline Recording Company label.
After several recording attempts and countless shows around the Southeastern U.S., the time was right to get back into the studio. Dailey approached sound engineer Ben Tanner (Dylan Leblanc, Lauderdale), formerly of FAME Recording Studio, and basic tracks were laid down at Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL in October of 2009, for what would become Victims, Enemies, & Old Friends.
In the months leading up to tracking, Dailey assembled a full-time backing band consisting of, long-time accompanist, Jon Berry on banjo, Ben Stedman and Kyle Minckler (That Hideous Strength) on bass guitar and drums, and Amber Murray and Nathan Pitts (The Bear) on vocals and pedal steel guitar.
Overdubs and additional tracks were recorded during the next couple of months at Big Cedar in Cypress Inn, TN and Wildwood Park Recording in Florence, AL featuring Danley Murner (mandolin), Kate Tayler Hunt (violin, viola, and cello), Anna Grott (vocals) and guest appearances by Jamie Barrier (The Pine Hill Haints) on fiddle and Browan Lollar (Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Azure Ray, Maria Taylor) on guitar. Dailey and Tanner co-produced the record with Tanner also adding keyboards to several tracks.
Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil released Victims, Enemies, & Old Friends on October, 5th 2010 by Dailey’s Southern Discipline Recording Company.
Amber Louisa Murray left the band amicably in late 2010 to concentrate on other projects and Susan King came in to help out on supporting vocals.
Songs from Victims, Enemies, & Old Friends have been getting airtime from Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2), on public radio, and college stations around the Southeast as well a being featured on Franny Thomas’s Sirius/XM show, Your Roots Are Showing.
In the fall of 2010, as part of a Billy Reid fashion campaign, the band was featured in a short film by Vice Magazine (VBS TV) and Levi’s entitled, Americana: The Muscle Shoals Sound.
Victims, Enemies, & Friends found its way onto several critics and blogger’s “Best of 2010” lists and in January of 2011, Doc Dailey was featured as one of the “10 to Watch in Muscle Shoals Music” by the Times Daily newspaper (Florence, AL.)