Daryl McDade, son of a welder/preacherman, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, where he grew up in a big family close to where some of our most popular Blues music emerged.  Young Daryl spent a lot of his time at the infamous Blues hang-out "Beale Street,” finding a platform of Gospel, Blues, Soul and Roots music that sparked and fuelled his desire to learn and play authentic Rhythm and Blues. 


In the 70’s, Daryl's father moved to Chicago seeking work opportunities, propelling Daryl into a new era of music called Funk, which completed the foundations of his musical style.  He financed his way through college by selling portraits in the streets of downtown Chicago, and earned himself a degree as a commercial artist.  Daryl later worked as an illustrator for the Chicago Tribune, while he continued to grow amidst the heavy influences of Chicago´s Soul, Blues, Funk and Jazz scene. 


The following years saw McDade playing with some of the world’s most cherished names in Blues, Soul and Jazz.  Legends such as Muddy Waters, Tina Turner, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Carry Bell, Eddie C. Cambell, Earl King, Louisiana Red, Soko Richardson, Luther Allison, Tony Newton, Ike Turner – and his friend and big brother, the great Paul Weeden Sr – are but a few of the incredible artists with whom McDade had the privilege of developing musical relationships. 


As a 27 year old artist, Daryl married and moved to Norway.  In a country that was curious about the Blues, Daryl McDade soon found a place in the popular Scandinavian blues band "Chicago Blues Meeting”.  He went on to perform at the major Scandinavian Blues festivals - notably arranging Ike Turner’s appearance at Notodden Blues Festival - and collaborated with many brilliant Norwegian musicians, like Sigurd Køhn, Bruce Rasmussen, Per Kolstad, Jan Teigen, Vidar Busk, Tommy Kristensen, Reidar Larsen, Hungry John, Mads Erikson, Knut Reiersrud, Nora Noor, Jørn Hoel, Tor Endresen and Mette Hartman.  When living in Kristiansand, Daryl established ongoing musical relationships with several talented local musicians of the Kristiansand Music Conservatory, for example drummer Kurt Lisø, Freddy Salander, Erik Anti, Tor Braathens, Vidar Bø and Tor Einar Jacobsen. 


In 1996 Daryl released his single “It’s Hard Out There" on a collection CD called "All That Blues From Norway,” a collaboration between Norwegian blues artists. The single sold 55,000 copies within the first week and a half. 


Daryl is a singer, songwriter, composer, artist and master guitarist – and he plays a mean harmonica to boot!  His voice has the power to move, and his 12 string guitar-picking and rhythm style consistently astounds even the most experienced musician.


Daryl McDade has now formed the SOULXL band.  SOUL XL combines the best of Soul, Blues and funky Jazz, and employs an authentic blend of Memphis- and Chicago-style rhythms that mesmerise and transport the listener back, to a time when music had real substance.  The band performs classics, all the while mindful of respecting the integrity of the artists’ original compositions. As band leader, Daryl sets a high standard which translates directly in both sound and performance quality, and audiences that experience Daryl McDade SOULXL band are simply blown away.


Please feel free to go to our webpage "DARYL MCDADE SOULXL"  for further information on the band. 


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