Young musicians in Daisi Rain bring youthful vigor to TN Valley Fair
By Steve Wildsmith (
Article reprinted with permission
Daisi Rain — (from left) Mitchell Snapp, Elizabeth Painter, Matthew Nuckols, Donovan Brown,
Amelia Brown and Cameron Brown — will open for Easton Corbin on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the
Tennessee Valley Fair., in Knoxville. (Photo courtesy of Jim Rigby)
The comparisons are unavoidable: A band of two brothers and their sister, chasing a mainstream country dream, performing at the Tennessee Valley Fair.
Two years ago, it was The Band Perry. And while Daisi Rain still has a way to go to get to the same level of success The Band Perry occupied when they played the fair in 2010, the Brown siblings — sister Amelia and brothers Cameron and Donovan (along with bandmates Elizabeth Painter, Matthew Nuckols and Mitchell Snapp) have their eyes on the same sort of prize.
“That’s our dream, too — we want to make it, and even if we don’t, we’ll probably keep on doing music because we love it so much,” 16-year-old Amelia Brown told The Daily Times this week. “Sometimes we get compared to The Band Perry, even though we’re not trying to be like them. But, we do love them.”
The band got its start by the Brown siblings, who grew up in Gray, Tenn. Cameron picked up the guitar, Donovan gravitated toward drums and Amelia wanted to learn the fiddle. They weren’t pushed into music by their parents, who were more into athletics than the arts, but they were encouraged, and soon the trio’s talent began to emerge.
“We just kind of picked it up and loved doing it,” Amelia said. “I was taking Appalachian mountain music lessons at first, and then I kind of went into bluegrass and now country. I listened to Alison Krauss a lot; I’d say she really inspired me as my main influence. And I listened to a lot of Led Zeppelin because my brothers did. It was a lot of racket at first, and then it developed into something fun.”
Eventually, the Browns wanted to fill out their sound — and find better singers. They loved the idea of dual male-female harmonies, and so they recruited Elizabeth Painter and Mitchell Snapp to carry the vocal duties. Matthew Nuckols came on board as Daisi Rain’s bass player, and the group began to slowly gain momentum in the northeast Tennessee/southwest Virginia region.
“We started out playing smaller venues and stuff and worked our way up,” Amelia said. “We played in VFWs and nursing homes and places like that, and the very first time we had so much fun that we didn’t want to get off the stage. We were having a blast up there, but then it started raining.”
They also made some connections that led to bigger opportunities, such as an opening date for Jerrod Niemann at last year’s Tennessee Valley Fair where they earned praise for a variety of covers and a high-energy stage show. This year, Daisi Rain opens for Easton Corbin and has earned a slot at the fabled Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion the very next weekend. They also cut a three-song demo at Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, and they’re patiently putting in as much work as possible to give the country music industry a run for its money.
“Life is pretty busy; I’m home-schooled, and Cameron and Donovan are both taking online courses for college,” Amelia said. “You get tired, but we love doing music, so I try to cram my school in and double up on lessons so I’ll have more time for music.”
Thanks to Steve, for allowing us to share his article with you. I’ll be back with more soon!
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