Also known as Tri-Danielson, Br. Danielson, Danielson Famile, and a host of other names.
Daniel Smith, the eldest sibling of five, closely-knit, brothers and sisters, has released music under a handful of different monikers since 1995. Originally creating “Danielson” as an art school project for his senior thesis, the idea quickly started to grow into the aptly named Danielson Famile. This group, which brought into the mix his four younger siblings along with a few friends from childhood, released the critically-acclaimed, Tell Another Joke at the Ol’ Choppin’ Block in 1997. During the next two years saw the release of two back-to-back concept albums, Alpha and Omega under the name Tri-Danielson, before Danielson Famile returned with a family celebration album called Fetch the Compass Kids, released in 2001. Three years later, he returned with Brother is to Son, an album celebrating personal identity and community, but this time released under the moniker Br. Danielson.
There’s no avoiding that what began as a senior thesis project a decade ago has evolved into a world so rich with musicality and merry-making that the first six albums and ten years of touring pomp alone could nourish the most scrutinizing of thrill-seekers. Mythology-hounds, listening with headphones or at a party, have found Danielson to be as deeply rewarding in a literary-visual-musical way as canonical acts such as Sun Ra, Parliament and David Bowie.
Hailing from suburban Clarksboro, New Jersey, it is difficult to separate Danielson from their gooey visuals (costumes and graphics) and the spirited music, regarding which, Daniel says, “One enters your heart through your eyes, one through your ears.” In the past they have sported hand-made, old-fashioned doctors’ and nurses’ uniforms while performing as a “visual reminder of the healing taking place.” As Br. Danielson, Daniel has worn a nine-foot tall, hand-made nine-fruit tree to “bear the good fruit.” In 2006, Danielson once again performed live in newly made-by-hand uniforms, still wearing their trademark “hearts-on-sleeves” and names on their chests. This new uniform was inspired by the drawings and colors from the 2006 release, Ships artwork and the album’s inspiration of creative community.
In the summer of 2009, after three years of producing other artists and touring as Danielson, Daniel Smith announced that he was working on a new Danielson album, and that production of that album would begin very shortly.
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|A Prayer For Every Hour||1994(original) 2007(re-issue)||Independent(original) Secretly Canadian(re-issue)|
|Tell Another Joke On The Ol' Choppin' Block||1997||Tooth & Nail Records|
|Tri-Danielson-Alpha||1998||Tooth & Nail Records|
|Tri-Danielson-Omega||1999||Tooth & Nail Records|
|Fetch the Compass Kids||2001||Secretly Canadian|
|Brother Is to Son||2004||Secretly Canadian|
|Trying Hartz||2008||Secretly Canadian|
|Moment Soakers 7''||2009||Sounds Familyre|
|Best of Gloucester County||2011||Sounds Familyre|