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October 17th, 2019

jared danielsJared Daniels prepares to perform a song at a past concert. Daniels and his band will be part of the entertainment at this year’s High Plains Music Fest Saturday, Sept. 7 at Dirtona Raceway in Hugoton. Courtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


This year’s High Plains Music Fest will be serving up an eclectic mix of music for audiences, with the Jared Daniels Band being part of that mix. 

Daniels has been in the music business for several years now and said he is excited to be performing at this year’s event. 

“When I was about 10 or 11, I saw Garth Brooks in concert during one of his tours and from that point, seeing a show like what he put on was what I wanted to do, so it really went from there. Then when I was in high school a couple friends and I took guitar lessons and I just picked up stuff along the way with all of that, and here we are today,” Daniels said. “I've been playing music really since I was in high school and I also played some while I was in college and then it was after that when I really got serious about it. All in all, it's been about 10 years. Eight years ago is when I moved to Nashville and I've been writing songs and playing songs, really just living the dream, so to speak.”

Daniels added he is excited to be performing in the Southwest Kansas area again. 

“One of my guitar players is actually from Dodge City, so we've played Dodge City a handful of times and actually did a show at the United Wireless Arena there with Montgomery Gentry, and that was shortly before Troy Gentry was in his accident. And I actually grew up in Kansas, I just grew up on the southeast part of the state, so Southwest Kansas is almost a whole new world,” Daniels said. “I'm excited to see all the people who show up and I know the event has had some really great acts in the past like Logan Mize and his group and the Josh Abbott Band, those are guys I've actually played shows with before. And I love listening to music overall and this year should be a great event, I know Bri Bagwell's going to be performing, Kevin Fowler's going to be there, and I know Koe Wetzel's performing, and I haven't seen him yet, so it'll be great hearing all the other entertainment that night.”

Overall, Daniels said, seeing the audience’s reaction to the music is one of the things he enjoys about performing. 

“A lot of it comes down to looking out into the crowd and seeing everyone having a great time. You never know what your audience members are going through, so if you can take away some of their troubles away for 60 or 90 minutes, that's my favorite thing,”  Daniels said. “Just like with any other job, there are times where you feel a little worn out and the grind is really getting to you, but then you get to a show that turns out just absolutely amazing – this year we got to do a concert in a venue that had 11,000 people opening for Brett Eldredge. When you go to a show like that, it's just awesome. And I've been working on writing some songs in Nashville and when you're able to capture lightning in a bottle during that process, that's also really cool. Overall, it's all about moving forward and I've gotten to a point in my life now where I realize I can't really dwell on things – I remember earlier in my career when I would pitch songs and things like that and they'd get rejected and I'd be a little down in the dumps about it. But I'm at the point now where I give myself much less time to dwell on that stuff and make myself move forward.”

This year’s High Plains Music Fest event will be Saturday, Sept. 7 at Dirtona Raceway in Hugoton, and Daniels offered encouragement for everyone to attend and see all the entertainment that will be available that night. 

“I know the money raised that night will be going to a bunch of really good causes, so that's great,” Daniels said. “Everyone who's out there that night is really going to get a different show with each entertainer. Bri's got an amazing voice and knows how to play, Kevin also puts on an unbelievable show and is an overall fantastic entertainer and Koe is knocking it out of the park with his performances, so it's a great group of entertainers with a great mix of music, and everyone will have a great time listening to everyone. I'm originally from Kansas so I'm excited to be coming back home, so to speak, and playing my music for everyone who will be at this event that night. It's going to be a great night and the audience is going to see some great entertainment stepping out on that stage.”

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