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Changing lanes: Daniel Solis Band blends pop, country, New Mexico music

Daniel Solis likes to keep variety in his life when it comes to music.

In fact, the singer doesn’t stay in the country lane.

He throws in New Mexico music, classic country to pop music.

“It all depends on the venue,” he says during a recent interview. “We’ve been having fun performing at all the venues around town.”

Solis is a native New Mexican.

He grew up in Guadalupita in northern New Mexico.

The small town has become a musical muse.

“As I’ve gotten older, I do mention a lot about my home and what it’s like to be from there,” he says. “Living that country life, it’s coming out in my lyrics. When I was younger, I didn’t want to refer to that. Then I started making memories there. It’s the pine mountains. The cold winters. The cool summers and campfires. Fishing in the stream. Those are all great things in my life and inspire me in music.”

Solis and his band have been together for two years.

Currently the band is performing five originals in its set.

“I do have two CDs that I’ve produced and released in the past eight years,” he says. “We’re performing a lot from my most recent album, ‘My Kind of Friday Night.’ That was released last year.”

Some of Solis’ music also comes from his honky-tonk side.

“I’ve been married for 10 years,” he says. “I like to write about what life is like. It’s about capturing the current moment of life. We only have one life to live, and we should live it to the fullest.”

Solis and the band haven’t made the move to being full-time musicians just yet.

The band plays close to 100 shows a year.

“I enjoy the challenge of playing a completely different show each time,” he says. “Over the course of my music career, I’ve never played the same show twice. That is what is exciting about being able to get on stage and perform. There’s always something new to experience. Making the connection with the audiences has been some of the most rewarding times for the band. We’re slowly introducing ourselves with these shows. I think it’s working well for us to show how diverse we can be with our music.”

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