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Published on April 22nd, 2015 | by Nature Humphries


Local Musicians: Daniel Karlish

Name: Daniel Karlish

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Oxford? I’m from Malden, Missouri. First moved to Oxford in 1998. Left in ’05. Moved back in ’12. But even when I didn’t live here, I regularly played with bands from here. 

What instruments do you play & which is your favorite? Guitar, steel guitar, drums, bass. I get paid to play guitar, so that’s my favorite!

How did you learn to play? The hard way. 

Early musical experience: I remember my uncles playing at family gatherings. That got my big brother into playing, which got me into playing. 

Your music style/genre: Not sure it has a name. It’s a mix of roots styles: blues, country, jazz, rock. I don’t care what people call it, as long as they call it good! I guess it’s guitar geek music. 

What bands have you been in? I’ve played w/ Kudzu Kings, George McConnell & The Nonchalants, Ken Edwards & The Well Strung Band, Mustache the Band, and various bands under my name. 

First concert you ever witnessed: Metallica on the And Justice For All tour with Queensryche opening. Queensryche played the entire Operation Mindcrime album!!!

Favorite bands: WAY too many to list!!! From Danny Gatton to King’s X to Jackson Browne!

One thing you’d like to change about the Oxford music scene: More Daniel Karlish Trio shows. 

Best thing about Oxford music scene: The support of fellow musicians. 

Most famous person you’ve jammed with: Either Bob Weir or Cassandra Wilson or Alan Johnson. 

Do you have a day job? If so, where? My day job is in Mustache the Band. MUH-STACHE!!!

Where do you hang out in Oxford? Does my couch count?

Aspirations: The diminished scale. 

Got a Website? I have a Facebook page, but I’m more likely to be found staring at a guitar neck than staring at a computer screen. The Local Voice Ligature

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About the Author

Nature Humphries is Editor-in-Chief of The Local Voice. Nature is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi, but moved to Oxford in 2004 after spending time in the United States Navy. She has also worked in the restaurant industry for many years as a server and a bartender. Nature graduated from Ole Miss in 2007 with a degree in English and Modern Languages.

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