[Editor's Note: Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be presenting my favorite local songs of the year, counting down from No. 25 to No. 1, one track a day. Today, we take an in-depth look at song No. 24 on the list--and click after the jump for a free download of the track. Lastly, keep checking back to see how the list pans out, and, also after the jump, check out songs No. 40-26 in the Top 40 list that will update as it grows...]
No. 24: Danny Balis -- "Tethered"
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On September 1, former Sorta member and current King Bucks player Danny Balis released Too Much Living, his solo debut--and to a pretty substantial amount of fanfare.
But the attention garnered this time around was somewhat different than the attention Balis had previously earned with his other bands, or even as an on-air personality at KTCK-1310 AM The Ticket. This time, Balis was putting himself out there, all alone. This time, he was baring his soul--and he was doing so in the form of a record inspired by his best friend's premature death just two years prior. Amd nowhere else is Balis' heartache more tangible or as poignant as it is on Too Much Living's lead single, "Tethered."