Preacher & Daisy
As a kid, Sam Bailey –lead singer and songwriter of Preacher & Daisy– would wake for school to the pop-pop-pop of hunting rifles firing out into the State Game Lands that bordered his rural household in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. This was the initial sound, the waking point for the energy that drives the musical character of Preacher & Daisy’s debut EP, Over Lake Erie. Though Sam does not identify religiously, his songs explore the influence of age-old religious constructs on modern life. “Clint Eastwood’s shooting shit on my TV screen/ Violent like the November hail on the concrete/ God’s coming down/ Tomorrow they say” writes Bailey in “Clint Eastwood #2.” Sam is on an exploration of big whys; questions of fate and prayer on the terms of addiction, big dreams, and beautiful lies.
While originally Sam’s solo project, Preacher & Daisy has since expanded to include members Eva Hilton (bass and backup vocals), Cody Edgerly (drums), and Maddy Baltor (lead guitar). The band was formed, one member at a time at Oberlin College. Initially, Sam and Eva began to perform as an electric guitar and bass duo, offering harmonies over original songs. Sam’s songwriting background in folk and country was workshopped by Eva, who challenged the musicality of the songs to expand past their traditional chord and melody structures. Her creative ear offered further distinction to Preacher & Daisy’s sound in the making, and soon after the two sought out drums and a lead guitarist. The addition of Edgerly to the duo’s indie folk sound provided the project with an intensity not previously available to Bailey and Hilton. Preacher & Daisy’s sound could now include a full range of dynamics, offering movement and range to the listening experience. The final addition of Baltor to the band filled in the spaces between Bailey’s lyrics with the essential riffs and eclectic lead guitar tones that matured Preacher & Daisy’s sound to what it is today.
The band’s upcoming release, Over Lake Erie, is the product of an evolutionary process; an intentional, step by step formation that has been crafted to present the indie world with something fresh.
Vocals, Guitar / Sam Bailey
Lead Guitar / Maddy Baltor
Backup Vocals, Bass / Eva Hilton
Drums / Cody Edgerly
Upcoming EP: Over Lake Erie
Recorded and Mixed at Miner Street Studios, Philadelphia
Mixed by Matt Poirier
Produced by Jackie Milestone and Preacher & Daisy
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe at Xcoustic Sound