Actor, playwright & singer-songwriter Jeff Daniels visited the Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show today in advance of his performance tonight with the Ben Daniels Band at the City Winery.
The Emmy Award winning actor and current double Emmy nominee for Hulu’s ‘The Looming Tower’ and Netflix’s ‘Godless,’ shares what it was like to move from the small town of Chelsea, MI, to make it as an actor. The decision struck a chord with both Jim and Shelli- they too took big geographic leaps to pursue their dreams. Along the way Jeff discussed the process and patience it took for him to find his place. When opportunity finally struck he seized it…and well, his filmography and TV work certainly speaks for itself.
Jeff also talks about The Purple Rose Theatre, a theater company he founded in 1991 in his hometown. The community revival the investment sparked is nothing short of amazing.
Along with his Tony and Golden Globe nominated performances, Jeff has proven himself to be a great singer-songwriter, releasing six studio albums as well as several live releases. He performed ‘The Dirty Harry Blues’ for Jim and Shelli live in-studio. It was inspired by his work with Clint Eastwood on the 2002 film ‘Blood Work.’ You have to check it out- Jeff’s lyrics are brilliant and really funny.
Go see the Jeff Daniels and Ben Daniels Band tonight at the City Winery. It’s going to be a great acoustic show in one of the city’s best venues.
Jeff’s most recent studio album is 2017’s 'Simple Truths.’
You can keep up with him at jeffdaniels.com as well as:
And don’t forget- Ben Daniels (Jeff’s son) and his band- The Ben Daniels Band.
Finally- Jeff broke the news about a major theater project- this winter he’ll be starring on stage as “Atticus Finch” in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird,’ as adapted by his ‘Newsroom’ collaborator Alan Sorkin. That's gonna be a knockout for sure.
Listen to the full interview below on Jim's podcast: