Cecil "P-Nut" Daniels
About Cecil "P-Nut" Daniels
photo by Vincent Tseng© 2001
Cecil "P-Nut" Daniels...
"is a special kind of musician. His unique attributes go far beyond the fact that he plays multiple instruments (midi-horn, keyboards, drums and percussion) or has lived in various parts of the U.S. throughout his life. P-Nut is a musical diplomat who carries a positive attitude and lust for new experiences into any musical situation he encounters. "
-Chip Schramm, Jambands.com

(read the full interview with P-Nut on Jambands.com)

Check out the photos from P-Nut and Friends benefit for the * Make A Wish Foundation * at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA on March 13, 2001! at


photo by Vincent Tseng© 2001

P-Nut's favorite instrument is his Casio MIDI-Horn which allows him to play many of the instruments he loves such as saxophone, keyboard, vibraphone any many other sounds and effects to the audience's amazement. His agility on the horn and vast musical background allows him to collaborate with different musicians from all genres and styles of music and his golden ear for the vibe of any particular song allows him to adapt and excel in any musical environment. P-Nut is also one of the most exciting drummers youíll ever see and normally works some percussion into his sets.

The Apocalypse is P-Nut's local bay area project and features the Queen of Bay Area Funk Gayle Muldrow from Sly and the Family Stone on guitar and vocals, and keyboard master Nate Ginsberg who toured with Herbie Hancock, Todd Rundgren and Graham Central Station. Playing a mix of originals and tasteful covers their live shows often turn into jam sessions with an array of all-star musicians lending a hand.  Some of the recent guests include such notables as guitar guru Eric Mcfadden and Dexter Grove.  P-Nut's inspired solos over danceable grooves are what the band is all about, taking the listener on a highly energetic and danceable ride with influences ranging from jazz, funk and soul to Latin and African rhythms.

In the fall 2002 P-Nut toured with Waylandsphere, an up and coming band from Raleigh, NC (see waylandsphere.com for further info).  This young and vibrant band seems to have captured the powerful essence of connecting with each other and the audience to create music with energy and bliss.  Their songs are all beautifully written and will stay with you long after you’ve stopped dancing at their show.  They played a dozen or so heated shows including headlining the Cape Fear Music Festival in Wilmington, NC and opening for the Wailers at the Visualite Theatre in Charlotte, NC . Other highlights included shows during Nolaween at Tipitina’s with ET and Roger Lewis from the DDBB sitting in amongst many other special guests and a stealth set at the Dirty Zambi Ball at the Howlin ’ Wolf  in New Orleans, which P-Nut helped orchestrate along with other luminaries such as Rev. Jeff Mosier, Ct. M’butu, Johnny Vidacovich and Chris Chew.

One of the bands that P-Nut plays with is Blackdog from Nederland, CO (see blackdog.com for further info).  He recorded on their last album, For the Sake of the Groove, and is slated to record a live album with them in February of 2003. Blackdog has been leaving audiences in awe with sheer musicianship and stage presence. This is no ordinary Mountain Ensemble! Incorporating any and all musical genres from funk, to smokin' blues, to reggae and calypso ballads, sometimes all in one song!  Blackdog's tenure on the music circuit has brought the band to open for or share the bill with such greats as Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks, Phish, Blues Traveler, Mick Taylor, Duke Robillard, James Cotton, and Cracker among others.

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Of P-Nut's many projects, his live collaborations with Widespread Panic have inspired him the greatest.  He has joined his friends on stage over thirty times since 1992 and always adds an extra sparkle to the mix.  A hometown staple at Panic’s bay area shows for many years, P-nut has also been honored to play with them at some of their bigger annual shows around the nation including Red Rocks in Morrison, CO, Nolaween at UNO Lakefront Arena and Jazzfest at the Fairgrounds and Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, LA and Oak Mountain in Pelham, AL. 

P-Nut has also jammed live with several of the most exciting bands touring today, including: Gov't Mule, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Leftover Salmon, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Garaj Mahal, Blue Floyd, Wild Magnolias, The Motet, Outformation, New Monsoon, Melvin Seals, Juice, Giant People, Dexter Grove, Om Trio, Sfunk, Greyhounds, Freaktet, 56 Hope Rd., Jive, United Dope Front, Particle, The Everyone Orechstra and many more.  Last summer he played both of the epic Rocky Mountain Power Jams at the Gothic Theatre which featured some of the hottest musicians around.  The first one in June had him teaming up with Robert Walter, Brian Jordan, Dave Watts, Robert Randolph and Danyell Morgan.   At the second in August, he and Brian Jordan returned to play with Fareed Hacque, Kai Eckhardt, DJ Logic, Efrem Towns, Terence Higgins, Michael Franti, Topaz and Radioactive to blow the roof off of the capacity filled Gothic Theatre once again.

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Red Rocks 2003

P-Nut was honored to be a part of another outstanding Widespread Panic run at their annual shows in Morrison, CO. On Friday night he appeared on percussion along with Sunny Ortiz for Fishwater and 1x1 to cap off a four song encore. He reappeared on Sunday during Arlene and was later joined by Col. Bruce Hampton for a rockin' rendition of Fixin' To Die. P-Nut was also a special guest at 2nd Annual Rocky Mtn. Powerjam and also played with Carlos Washington, Little Hercules and Three Degrees of Freedom.

New Orleans Jazzfest 2003

This year's Jazzfest had many hightlights indeed, including the two shows he played with his friends Waylandsphere from Raleigh, NC., an epic P-Nut and Friends Sunrise show that featured Eric Bolivar, Chris Rossbach, Willie Waldman, Chris Burner, Wendell Rand, Mitch Stein, Karin Martin, Joe Conti Chris Zimmerly..and more. The Bayou Rendezvous at the Howlin' Wolf teamed P-Nut up with to form the West Coast All-Stars for an incredible night. Other highights included sitting in with New Monsoon and with DJ Kevin Sawka and Siamese.

Spring 2003 tour with Waylandsphere

The Spring brought P-Nut back to Colorado for a ski town tour with Waylandsphere. They weathered the snow and played heated shows in Aspen, Vail, Crested Butte, Ft. Collins and Denver including several with Carlos Washington and the Amazing Giant People.

2002 Hightlights

Early in 2002 he joined his friends Blackdog on tour in Colorado which included sitting in with 56 Hope Rd., an up and coming band out of Chicago. He also returned to Atlanta to play with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Roxy Theatre for the Premier of the new Widespread Panic movie "The Earth Will Swallow You," which P-Nut is featured in. His TEWSY collaboration continued as he traveled to Aspen and Denver, Colorado for shows including a great evening with Blackdog at the Gothic Theatre.

He returned to Denver at the end of June and was invited to jam with Widespread Panic at their Friday night show at Red Rocks. Next came another trip to The Gothic for the First Annual Rocky Mountain Power Jam. This epic show lasted until 3:30am and also featured Robert Randolph, Robert Walter, Brian Jordan, Dave Watts, Danyell Morgan, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. P-Nut returned to the Gothic in August for the second Rocky Mountain Power Jam, this time with Brian Jordan once again, as well as Kai Eckhardt, Fareed Hacque, Michael Franti, DJ Logic, Terence Higgins, ET, Jamie McCainand Topaz to make for another historic evening.

P-Nut played many excellent P-Nut and Friends shows throughout the year, including one at the Tasty World in Athens in October which featured Rev. Jeff Mosier, Count M'butu, Kyle Pilrgim and the Park Bench Trio. He then toured around the Southeast with his new friends, Waylandsphere. Their tour included headlining the Cape Fear Music Festival and culminated in New Orleans as they backed P-Nut up for his welcome to nolaween party at Tipitina's, and played a stealth set during the Dirty Zambi Ball at the Howlin' Wolf. P-Nut's special guests at Tip's included the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Roger Lewis and Efrem Towns, Derek Freeman from Cronk and spoken word by Dallas, TX poet Chris Zimmerly.

P-Nut met up with Waylandsphere again in Memphis for shows at Young's Ave Deli and also played a memorable concert with Carlos Washington's Giant People and Ray's Music Exchange. He even squeezed in a few songs at the Memphis Power Jam at the New Daisy Theatre, including a shattering Godzilla along with Brian Jordan, Robert Walter, Rob Derhak, Eric Mcfadden and Alan Hertz.

Finally, P-Nut closed out an exciting year by playing with Garaj Mahal at their pre-new year's show at the DNA Lounge which also featured one of his musical idols, Jerry Goodman, from the Mahivishnu Orchestra and the Dixie Dregs.

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© 2002 Cecil "P-Nut" Daniels