BELIEVE 1994 - 1997
Daniel & Cheri debut Believe
@ Austin's Chicago House Open Mic Night
Daniel returns to Fort Worth to take care of his partner, John, who lost his battle w/ AIDS in October, '96.
Daniel returns to Austin
Daniel & Cheri record Believe, w/ David Breaux on additional guitars, bass + percussion.
original demo co-written w/ Daniel's first partner, John Hofstrand
official video from the Austin Music Network Special "Daniel Link Band Live"
Daniel Link & Cheri Chilcote duo formed
"It's ironic to me that the first song I recorded in Austin was Believe, because at the time I had absolutely no faith in myself. But I wrote it with John, and he had a way of seeing me in ways no one else could at the time.
Cheri would drive up to Fort Worth in those days, and the three of us would hang out with guitars and a baby grand piano and sing Believe & I Still Need You Tonight over & over. We would get goose bumps, because our voices blended so beautifully together.
The plan was that one day, John would come down to Austin & record with us. But he didn't make it. After he died, I moved back to Austin so Cheri & I could carry on with our music, in John's honor."
"By the time we filmed this video, I had built the band around Cheri & I, but I wanted David Breaux to sit in with us on keys, since he was the guy who filled John's musical shoes, recorded the Believe demo and subsequent EP Out of the Silence that followed. This performance of Believe captures the essence of our musical chemistry and continuity."
Daniel recovers from drug & alcohol abuse
ALTAR BOY 1998 - 1999
"The impact from John's death, and finding myself newly sober a year later was a fundamental shift in my life trajectory. Not only did I have to find out who I was without John, but I had to discover who I was under years of addiction. While I knew I was a good songwriter, I had no idea what I was doing, or even if I could navigate the music industry as a serious musician. I didn't know if I was good enough to be a working musician.
I wasn't sure if my songwriting would be the same either. It was this questioning and inner exploration that led me to write Altar Boy."
previously unreleased version
from the Color of Rain sessions
Daniel & Cheri begin booking local gigs at local coffee houses & become the darlings of the Borders Books & Music circuit.
The duo returns to David Breaux @ Cutting Edge Studio in South Austin to record the debut EP Out of the Silence.
welcome to the stage
original studio version
David Breaux tracking guitar on Nature of Love
OUT OF THE SILENCE 2000
Out of the Silence debut EP releases
Out of the Silence debuts at #5, peaks #1
Outvoice.com's Top 40 Albums
Altar Boy debuts at #4, peaks #1
Outvoice.com's Top 40 Singles
Constant Faithfulness named AIDS Walk Austin Theme Song, Daniel & Cheri headline, playing for an audience of 50,000
I Still Need You Tonight 1st Place Winner,
Austin Songwriter's Competition
Daniel & Cheri after accepting 1st place "Best Country Song" for I Still Need You Tonight at Austin's legendary blue's club, Antones
NATIONAL OUTING 2001
Daniel begins production for
new CD, Ghost Stories
Daniel builds first full band
preliminary take w/ core band players
Cheri goes to part time performing to raise her boys, but continues to do studio work for Ghost Stories
Out of the Silence gets rave review from Larry Flick, Editor & Chief of Billboard
Daniel Link Band headlines 1st SXSW Out Showcase w/ Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
"I've been very lucky, in that I met incredibly influential in the local music scene early on. Xanna Don't being one of the first. She believed in me so much, and really fought to get my placement in SXSW's first "out" showcase. Initially, my application for a featured showcase spot was rejected. But Xanna literally campaigned for me, and within days, I was notifed of my official showcase spot."
(right) Xanna Don't, Daniel & Ann Brown. SXSW 2001
Daniel meets & hires Chelle Murrey, vocals
alternative mix, Chelle Murrey vocal mix
Ghost Stories recording sessions continue
Daniel Link Band plays 911 event
Daniel releases preview cut of Seance on KOOP FM
GHOST STORIES 2002
Ghost Stories CD Release @ Sky Lounge, Austin, TX.
Someone in Austin goes into rotation on
KGSR 107.9 FM, MAJIC 95.5 FM, KOOP 90.5 FM
Austin Mayor Gus Garcia proclaims
July 12, Daniel Link Day
Ghost Stories receives rave review in Billboard
Daniel Link Band tours regionally
Daniel begins residency at Saxon Pub, w/ Bob Schneider
Daniel Link Band Austin Music Network Special filmed
Believe (Live) video enters heavy rotation on Austin Music Network
Someone in Austin #2 ON 95.5 FM MAJIC of Austin Music, 2002 Top 20 Countdown
IT'S A GOOD LIFE 2003
Daniel & band hit the road, playing exhaustively to packed houses across Texas
Daniel & band make numerous television appearances & headline music festivals
"2003 was a good year of hard core gigging. While our playing had become air tight...the set list was beginning to become stale...we'd been playing and promoting the same music for three years now. By the end of the year, we had all but disbanded. In hindsight, it was a natural creative evolution for all of us. To this day, I'm still very close with Cheri & Chelle."
official video "Good Life"
Daniel & band perform Good Life live on Austin's FOX 7 morning show. (right)
" Stage view of our full house South by Southwest showcase, at Rainbow Cattle Company in Austin. It was a dream come true...to walk into my first SXSW showcase, with a killer band, a very successful record and a terrific review in Billboard. I'll never forget the feeling playing that first song for that crowd in that space...it was incredible, a moment frozen in time for me."