Will Dailey’s ‘Back Flipping Forward’ will be the first release from the newly launched CBS Records, a label that combines traditional music marketing with direct integration of its artists’ music into television programming on the CBS and CW networks.
The October 2nd release of Dailey’s ‘Back Flipping Forward’ will benefit from this undeniably powerful medium – and one that is playing an increasingly important role in breaking artists – when he performs his first single “Rise” on-camera in a special episode of CSI: NY on October 17.
As an added bonus, a commercial immediately following this episode will “back announce” Dailey’s performance and inform the audience that the song and album are available for purchase.
Last week (8/8), Dailey filmed a performance of the song on CSI: NY in a scene with the show’s star Gary Sinise, which will air two weeks after the album hits stores. Dailey was invited to perform on the massively popular CBS-TV show after a Los Angeles showcase performance last month.
“I did three songs, starting with ‘Rise,’ just me, solo acoustic,” says Dailey, where he was spotted by CSI creator and executive producer Anthony Zuiker. “I was a little shocked when he pulled me aside and said he’d like to put me in the show,” adds Dailey. “It was a little hard to believe and pretty surreal.”
Dailey is the 2006 Boston Music Award winner for “Best Male Singer-Songwriter,” and has been compared favorably to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Ben Harper and Martin Sexton. The songs on ‘Back Flipping Forward’ were written over a three-year span, inspired by the people he encountered and the places he stumbled upon while playing countless shows on a series of rambling cross-country tours.
Tracks – such as the lovely melodic opener “Boom Boom,” the infectious pop-rocker “Bi Polar Baby,” the anthemic “Rise” (the album’s first single) and the gorgeous Appalachian folk closer, “Dear Grace,” a number usually done a cappella during Dailey’s live shows, reflect his eclectic influences, from Tom Waits to early Rod Stewart.
“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. Within songs as “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 album’s strongest lyrical passages, at the conclusion of “Rise,” Dailey sings, “When I grow up/I hope I get the hang of this/I bleed from 6 strings/I let the truth fall from my lips.”
The collection conveys a sound that is fresh and contemporary. And Dailey is a force to be reckoned with in the live media.