Daphne Willis Was Born For This.
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Newsflash: Daphne Willis is not a local.
You'll be excused, however, for mistaking her as one. The San Antonio-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter sure plays the region often enough. Credit Eric Nadel, the radio voice of your Texas Rangers, for at least some of that: An outspoken fan of Willis' charm and musicality alike, Nadel frequently brings Willis to the region for gigs at his own Vagabond spot; those performances, more often than not, are supplemented by performances at other area spots where Willis' ways have turned her into a recurring, fan-favorite performer.
Take, for instance, Willis' upcoming trip to town later this month: After performing at Vagabond on Wednesday, January 28, she'll fill her next three nights with gigs at the Kessler, Grease Monkey out in Arlington and the Twilite Lounge, in that order. Then, next month, she'll be back again — that time for gigs at the Barley House and The Lot, plus two more, as-yet-undetermined venues.
No, Willis might not live here in Dallas. But it's safe to say that she digs it here.
And why not? This region certainly offers her some killer opportunities. For instance, when she performs at the Kessler on the 29th, she'll be opening for Rhett Miller, a personal hero of hers. That reveal can be found in the below video, which once again comes courtesy of our pals at Malone Pictures from a session filmed back in September. Also shared in the clip is the fact that Willis is uniquely shaped for this kind of lifestyle, given her parents' own histories in the music realm.
It's an enlightening watch, to be sure. Do check it out.