Good Afternoon Dakota! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! What is your typical dinner or family meal like for you growing up in Teutopolis, IL?
A family meal that I always loved growing up was my mother’s lasagna or my father’s spaghetti.
Do you prefer to cook at home or go out to eat?
I try to stay at home and cook as much as I can, but sometimes I am lazy and love my days/nights when I go out to eat.
What is your signature dish?
I am not for sure if I have a signature dish, but I can make a pretty delicious pot of green beans! I put all the good stuff in it: bacon, onion, garlic powder, everything tastes better with bacon!
Do you have a playlist you like to listen to while you cook?
You would think that since I am a singer/songwriter the answer to this question would be yes, but surprisingly I do not listen to a playlist. I either cook in silence with my dog Penny following me around (hoping I will drop some food) or I will put my laptop up on the counter to have a Netflix show playing in the background.
What are three things you can always find in your refrigerator?
Bottled water, eggs, and yogurt!
If you had to pick one type of cuisine, what would you say is your favorite?
Definitely, Italian! Pizza, pasta, meatballs, lasagna . . . it’s heavenly.
One food everyone tells you to try, but you just can’t get up the nerve:
A Gyro! I’ve had people tell me to try one with lamb meat and I can’t do it. There’s something about eating lamb is not appealing to me.
What can’t you control yourself around food wise?
Ice Cream! I have a bottomless stomach when it comes to ice cream. It’s just so DELICIOUS!
For fun, can you give me an example of a “typical day” of eating for you, whether you are going out with friends or cooking at home?
My typical day of eating for me is just trying to stay healthy, hence the word trying 🙂 I wake up and have yogurt or eggs for breakfast if I am not rushing out the door. For lunch, I love my salads with grilled chicken, and normally I will have apples or fruit for a snack throughout my day. When I get home for dinner I usually cook steamed vegetables (I love bell peppers and broccoli) with chicken or fish.
What’s your go-to drink when out with friends?
Angry Orchard or some type of cider drink
Now that you have been in Nashville for a while, if you designed your own food tour, which restaurants/bars would be on your list of places to visit?
This is a hard question because I love so many places here in Nashville! Thinking off the top of my head I would say:
-Urban Cookhouse specifically for their “berry good salad” with grilled chicken on it. It’s so yummy!
-Jeni’s for dessert. I am obsessed with their Wildberry Lavender ice cream!
– Edley’s for a good barbecue dinner
– Biscuit Love for an awesome breakfast
– Hattie B’s for some chicken
– The Pharmacy for a good burger
– Five Points for some New York style pizza
– Some bars/other places: Bobby’s Idle Hour, Tin Roof, ACME Feed and Seed, Red Door Saloon, Tennessee Brew Works, Belcourt Taps, Slider House, and Five Daughters Bakery.
When did you first realize your passion for music? Did you grow up with a musical family?
I did not grow up in a musical family. My mom played the guitar a little bit in college, but other than that my parents did not play any music. My mom is a retired school guidance counselor and my dad is a retired welder. I first realized my passion for music my junior/senior year of High School. Tennis was a big sport in my family and I played from grade school all the way through High School. I remember reaching a stage in my life where I wanted a change and I decided on learning the guitar. I still remember the first song I learned, “Stand by Me.” Once I had a few songs learned, I began to sing as well. I was so shy that I would lock myself in a room to practice hoping my parents could not hear me. Over time I definitely grew out of that 🙂 When I started to play the guitar and sing I was drawn to the way it made me feel. It was a way for me to express how I felt. As a result, I wrote my first song, “Marlene.” This song was a tear jerker for the family. I wrote it about my aunt who passed away when I was three years old. I don’t remember her much, but I have been told we were really close. She was also my Godmother. The song was about how even though I don’t remember her, I still miss her and know she is watching over my family and I. My passion first started in these moments of my life; when I began to learn how to express myself through music.
What really drew you to country music over another genre?
I love all genres of music, but I’ve always loved the stories that country songs tell and that is what drew me to country the most.
How does it feel knowing after performing, a ton of little girls want to be you when they grew up?
I feel honored and a sense of responsibility knowing a ton of little girls wanted to be me when they grow up. Every person is unique in their own special way and I want them to realize that about themselves. I hope that they would learn kindness, courage, determination, and positivity from me.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given over the years?
There are two things that I always try to remind myself of:
- Make sure you follow your heart and stay true to who you are.
- Treat others the way you would like to be treated
Finally for Battered and Brewed, if you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?
This is a tough one! I would have to say Miranda Lambert. She has always been an influence to me. I would order a nice steak dinner
Small town sensation Dakota Danielle is breaking into the country scene with her debut single slated to release early 2018. The soulful song is self-penned and will be produced by Michael Clouse (Jeff Buckley, The Rolling Stones’ Nicky Hopkins, Thin Lizzy’s Marco Mendoza). Influenced by artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Chris Stapleton and Aretha Franklin, the 24-year-old powerhouse will bring a fresh twist to country music.
The Illinois native is taking Nashville by storm after completing a degree in Commercial Songwriting at Middle Tennessee State University. Grinding to make a name for herself, Dakota’s unparalleled work ethic is evident with her regular appearances at Music City’s hottest venues. With a guitar in one hand and a pen in the other, her goal is to inspire and heal fans through her deeply personal, yet fun and relatable music.
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