CD Reviews: Danni Nicholls ~ Mockingbird Lane

Danni Nicholls - 'Mockingbird Lane' - cover (300dpi)Danni Nicholls
Mockingbird Lane
Danni Nicholls Music

Release Date – October 23rd 2015

This second album confirms that Danni Nicholls has a voice that roots her in the category of singer/songwriter, writing lyrics with narrative, melodies that get the feet tapping and vocals that are as sweet as golden sunshine drenched mornings. Her relaxed, laid back, intuitive style creates an emotional journey that wraps you up in a comfort blanket of the song and yes she can genuinely be described as Americana; her music is a mix of country, blues and troubadour roots music that originates on the USA side of the Atlantic. This influence of Nashville whispers through every track which is not surprising as the musicians on the album are full of the cream of Nashville, full of class and using their skills to ensure the centerpiece is Danni’s sparkling voice she is a Nashville Nightingale there is crisp originality there is no Mockingbird in sight.

Mockingbird Lane is a dozen songs that sing to you opening with Long Road Home from the first note you know listening to the album will be a pleasure that you will want to keep repeating. With a counting in Leaving Tennessee begins and the vocals are deep with emotional meaning when leaving going travelling to escape the voice swells and hangs on the air with gentle acoustic guitar.

Drenched in emotion, the voice sears through the music and engages deep within your musical radar Feel Again is a track that shows maturity and vocal control that swirls around and explores the meaning of the lyrics reminding me of Amy Wadge. Whilst on Back To Memphis the phrasing and vocal tone and depth is pure Lisa Mills and the soulfulness and driving percussion of Between Forever and Goodbye ups the tempo and contrasting with the crooning style of Look Up At The Moon. Closing this stunning album with a country beat Travellin’ Man is upbeat and leaves you with a lightness of spirit and just have to listen again.

There is no surprise that with her vocal range she will always be compared with Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Riatt she is her own person with a British branding of pure Americana and is a bright star in the constellation of British Singer/Songwriters.

Mockingbird Lane is an album artfully produced so that it has a live sound that is fresh and slightly unfinished, this lack of studio burnishing leaves the music charmed with a natural purity Danni definitely touches your emotional soul this album is destined to get her name out far and wide. Mockingbird Lane resonates with every broken heart and connects to those times when life is tough and emotionally challenging while at the same time the beat is uplifting and brings a wry smile to the broken hearted.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

1. Long Road Home
2. Let Somebody Love You
3. Leaving Tennessee
4. Feel Again
5. Look Up At The Moon
6. Where The Blue Train Goes
7. Beautifully Broken
8. Back To Memphis
9. Between Forever and Goodbye
10. Sad Swan
11. Travellin’ Man

Danni Nicholls • Autumn 2015 UK Tour

October
Friday 30 Kirton-in-Lindsey Town Hall

November
Saturday 7 Northampton NN Café
Thursday 12 Luton The Bear Club
Thursday 19 Norwich Grapevine @ Bedfords, The Crypt
Friday 20 Brigg, Lincs. The Steel Rooms
Saturday 21 Southwell, Notts. The Library
Friday 27 Stourbridge Katie Fitzgerald’s
Saturday 28 London Nambucca

More dates being organised so check out what is happening HERE

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