Danny Bryant In Conversation its A Revelation

Danny Bryant Always a Revelation and Yours For A Song

BD: As ever Bluesdoodles, was delighted to have the opportunity to review your latest album Revelation leaving fans in anticipation to hear the songs live on your forthcoming tour across the UK.

 BD:  Before we come up to date lets go back to the early days. What were your first influences growing up in Royston, Hertfordshire.

DB: I still live in Royston about a mile from my parents’ house. First influences were my parent’s collection, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Hendrix and lots of Bob Dylan. All on vinyl, I have now inherited the vinyl collection. Though I think now it is back in fashion Mum wouldn’t mind having it back.

I then looked at the music that influenced the people I was listening to, who they were listening to. It is even easier to do that now with so many resources. YouTube and downloading is so very easy. I have to admit I tend to listen via YouTube it is easily accessible, the way we all listen to music has changed in an age of instant gratification.  There is definitely more music, consumed differently, if you order from Amazon, for example, you get an audio file to rip so before the Cd arrives you already have it to listen to through your speakers.

 

BD: Was the guitar always going to be your instrument of choice, with your late father on Bass as the counterpoint to your talent in RedEyeBand.
DB: It was always going to be the guitar. I didn’t consider anything else. Suddenly I wanted a guitar like a lot of kids does at some stage. For me it was the right time, I was quite insular and wanted to practice all the time. I have tried to learn the harmonica, then I hear a guitar being played and think I could learn that and it is back to the guitar trying to get better and better. Dad played finger-picking blues acoustic when I was growing up. I could hear him playing downstairs, and so is a soundtrack of my childhood. Dad took up the bass to help me out. There were not any young bass players around that wanted to be in a blues band.  What started out as a temporary fix became a permanent fixture.

 

BD: When did you decide to use British guitar maker Fret-King as your six-string of choice. What do these guitars add to your playing that other guitar manufacturers would not bring to your sound?

DB: I have worked with Fret-King guitars for a number of years and the guitar suits the sound I want to achieve. The guitar looks like a strat but is different. When you fly and can only take one guitar this covers all bases. With my signature Danny guitar in the range, that is, in my opinion, good value for money. Fret-king guitars have worked well for me for quite a while now.

BD: Revelation is a deeply personal album, out 20th April via Jazzhaus Records. Despite the dark shadowy album cover the album is a Revelation as you let the light shine into the corners of your emotions. Tell our readers why you found writing the album such a challenge?

DB: It was a challenge with the music I wanted to create, it did not come easy. It was not necessarily a thing I wanted to deal with. But Dad’s passing had happened and it was a therapeutic process. Hence lyrically the album is quite dark, with a heavier sound. The horns add a different tone and dimension. Big Band Project was something I always wanted to do. We played three shows and on the live album. Promoters were interested so now will run alongside the band. I kept the sound in the current album as it adds another layer of textures and interest. Logistically touring with a nine-piece is a huge and expensive challenge.

 BD: Yo talk about how music has been your personal salvation do you feel the tracks on Revelation speak to everyone who listens who have their own personal dark moments.

DB: Yes, I hope this album connects with people.  It was a personal and at times a difficult process exploring difficult parts of my life. We all loose loved ones, go through hard times, feel lost. The other thing in common is we all interpret music and songs differently.  For example, Roy Orbison songs speak to me in one way may not be the way Roy intended but that doesn’t matter. Again with my music it doesn’t matter what you get out of the lyrics what is important what you hear and connect with and that it speaks to the listener on some level. It is like art some people look at a painting and analyse looking for meanings whilst others just say looks nice going to hang that on my wall. Neither approach is wrong nor right, it is how you connect with art that is important. When you write a song it is a snap shot of how you feel at that moment; not how you feel all the time. Lyrics have always interested me, love the guitar but the solo is pointless unless within a decent song with a strong melody striking a balance across the number.

 BD: Blues is never far from your music, do you have a favourite or special track on the album.

DB: If I have to pick a track it is Isolate I like ballads that are not soft but have power and some balls in them. It is a track that is fun to play live and I am always a sucker for a guitar solo. Revelation the title track is also a favourite, it is different and that keeps everything interesting with changes in texture and tone.

BD:  With the new album and touring 2018 is going to be a busy year and your fans will be delighted that you are back on the road in the UK once again.

DB: Yes, back touring in UK is always going to be fun. Logistically & financially it is impossible to tour with the Big Band Project. What is new is we are now a four-piece with keyboardist Stevie Watts joining the band.  Having added keys into the Danny Bryant sound there was no going back to being a trio.

 

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
DB:
Guitar:  BB King
Vocals: Otis Redding
Bass: Willie Dixon
Drums: Willie “Big Eyes” Smith
Keys: Otis Spann

 

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Bluesdoodles revelation Review

Danny Bryant In Conversation its A Revelation

Danny Bryant Always a Revelation and Yours For A Song

Danny Bryant Always a Revelation and Yours For A Song

I have been a long time fan of Danny Bryant since his early RedEyeBand releases. He is a consummate guitarist and listening to all of those albums again, his development and maturity have been a revelation. So highly regarded is he by his peers that Danny was honoured (and brave enough) to front Walter Trout’s band while Walter was recovering from all of his well-documented health issues.

His last studio album, Blood Money, was simply superb. His profile had grown so much that he was joined by Trout and Bernie Marsden on that recording. His last release was a bit different. A live album with a full horn section and keyboards brought another level to his performances.
In light of all of that, I was looking forward to his latest release Revelation. I was expecting another rocking blues album along the lines of Blood Money and, at first, was disappointed. This is a slower paced, moodier and deeper album. The horns and keys add a different dimension to nearly every track.

However, after a few listens, you can start to appreciate what Danny is trying to communicate… passion and a deftness in his playing which makes you appreciate him anew. Perhaps the man himself best explains this: “When I began writing this album, I knew that it was going to be one of the toughest challenges of my career. It wasn’t lack of material, it wasn’t a lack of desire, but I realised from the beginning that, if this record was to achieve the things I wanted it to say, I would have to go deep inside of myself with these songs and confront memories and emotions I didn’t really want to face.”

The first, and title song, illustrates this perfectly as, after a piano introduction he screams “Revelation” and it sounds torn from the bottom of his heart. The guitar riff stays subtle as the horns cut in, colouring of the middle section in an unexpected way. The vocal, in addition to his guitar prowess, points to why he was the perfect front for Trout’s band. Towards the end, we get a fluid, laid-back wah, wah solo.

Isolate drenched in emotion and features some beautiful guitar, both in the solo and as he underpins the melody of the verse. A slow-paced piece of genius. Liars Testament with the lyric “I believe in a life of resentment”, gives a hint of the darkness occupying a lot of the songs and gives us more guitar soloing and horn backing. This is drenched in the blues in every way and is one of many spine-tingling moments. Next up, is the acoustic Some Day The Rains Will Fall. This is the only let down for me on the entire album. Yes, the atmosphere Danny generates is palpable but it soon becomes a little repetitive.

Truth Or Dare lifts the pace up again, supplying a ‘traditional’ full-blooded blues shuffle. Here we get the horns and guitar sounding so natural together and then the bonus of a sultry keyboard solo. A nice call/response section leads to the concluding guitar solo. Shouting At The Moon is a slow, burning blues number, with lovely yet understated keys. The voice is straining at the high notes of the chorus but the solo arrives to make you lean back, close your eyes and listen to every carefully thought out, spacious note. Sister Decline has bass, drums and keys backing the verses before guitar and horns fill out the choruses. Another fluid solo, again proving it isn’t how many notes, more how they’re played and how they fit…they fit!

May I have A Talk With You is classic blues. The introduction is very familiar, before the horns, interspersed with illuminating guitar phrases, take the song into a pattern of its own. Yours For A Song wraps up the album. Another slow, classic and crafted blues. The gentle chord picking surrenders to a power chord or three and gives a Bonamassa kind of feel to the structure, but it is still all Danny.

A word has to be said for Alex, Dave and Stevie. The bass is so carefully pitched and played (particularly as it warms the backing of Isolate) and the drums are solid and so supportive of the music. The keys are never intrusive; always providing the right fills, solos and backing.

Revelation is a very, very good blues album by any and every definition. Danny’s voice occasionally doesn’t quite match the song behind it, but that is totally forgivable as the music takes you on a journey of light and shade, and it is a journey really worth making.

As I hinted at the beginning, do not be tempted to form an opinion on the first listen. This cultured album needs to be absorbed to be appreciated. Give it the time and the rewards are simply stunning.

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing:
1. Revelation
2. Isolate
3. Liars Testament
4. Some Day The Rains Will Fall
5. Truth Or Dare
6. Shouting At The Moon
7. Sister Decline
8. May I Have A Talk With You
9. Yours For A Song

The Band:
Danny Bryant: guitar, vocals
Alex Phillips: bass
Dave Raeburn: drums
Stevie Watts: keyboards
The Big Horns

Produced by Richard Hammerton

RELEASED FRIDAY 20th APRIL 2018 VIA JAZZHAUS RECORDS

AVAILABLE ON CD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND 180 GRAM VINYL
“SISTER DECLINE” AVAILABLE AS INSTANT GRAT TRACK ON
ITUNESAMAZON AND SPOTIFY

For exclusive bundles and signed merchandise, visit the official
Danny Bryant “Revelation” store

 

Danny is touring U.K. May/Jun 2018  dates & venues can be found here

Danny Bryant Always a Revelation and Yours For A Song

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

 

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

RELEASED FRIDAY 20th APRIL 2018 – VIA JAZZHAUS RECORDS

AVAILABLE ON CD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND 180 GRAM VINYL
“SISTER DECLINE” AVAILABLE AS INSTANT GRAT TRACK ON
ITUNESAMAZON AND SPOTIFY

For exclusive bundles and signed merchandise, visit the official
Danny Bryant “Revelation” store

“When I began writing this album, I knew that it was going to be one of the toughest challenges of my career.” – Danny Bryant

Danny Bryant is pleased to announce his highly anticipated new studio album “Revelation.”  “Sister Decline”, the first track is taken from the new album, is now available as an instant grat track on iTunesAmazon and Spotify.

His fourth studio album to be produced by Richard Hammerton, following in the footsteps of 2015’s Blood Money and 2014’s Temperature Rising, the new albums is one of Danny’s most personal and emotional album of his career.

“When I began writing this album, I knew that it was going to be one of the toughest challenges of my career,” says Danny. “It wasn’t lack of material, it wasn’t a lack of desire, but I realised from the beginning that, if this record was to achieve the things I wanted it to say, I would have to go deep inside of myself with these songs and confront memories and emotions I didn’t really want to face.”

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

 

MAY/JUNE 2018 UK TOUR *with special guest Steve Hill

Tickets:

The Robin 2, Bilston – Monday 7th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Junction 2, Cambridge – Tuesday 8th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 (+ booking fee) – 
Tickets

Islington O2 Academy 2, London – Wednesday 9th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £18.00 – 
Tickets

The Tunnels, Aberdeen – Thursday 10th May 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – 
Tickets 

The Flowerpot, Derby – Friday 11th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Citadel, St Helens – Saturday 12th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve – Sunday 13th May 2018
*with special guest Steve Hill
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Waterfront, Norwich – Thursday 7th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Harlington, Fleet – Friday 8th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

The Queens Hall, Narberth – Saturday 9th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Ticket link

The Wharf, Tavistock – Sunday 10th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

Whelan’s, Dublin -Tuesday 12th June 2018
Ticket Price: TBC – Tickets

The Empire, Belfast – Wednesday 13th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

Oran Mor, Glasgow – Thursday 14th June 2018
Ticket Price: £15.00 – Tickets

Cleethorpes Blues Festival – Moon on the Water, Cleethorpes – Saturday 16th June 2018
Ticket Price: £23.00 – Tickets 

Stamford Blues Festival – Corn Exchange, Stamford – Sunday 17th June 2018
Ticket Price: £23.00 – Tickets 

 

 

Danny Bryant Announcing New Album Revelation Combined With Exciting Tour Dates

The Brew Shake The Tree of Blues Rock

The Brew Shake The Tree of Blues Rock

The Brew Shake The Tree
of Blues Rock

A common saying is “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!” Well it is the case with father and son partnership an s part of the trio that is The Brew. Here it is about control and rhythm of Smiths Bass & Drums, Father Tim on bass and Kurtis on drums. This is the trampoline that has the movement to act as the springboard for the charismatic, full on rock blues guitar phenomenon that is Jason Berwick.

Shake The Tree the fifth studio album building on the momentum of Control, continuing the fruitful collaboration with producer Toby Jepson and Vale Studios. This is rock full of the blues the sound is loud, hot and ferocious but the music is not shaken but stirred with control. The ten tracks change shape and move through the album with the sinuous mesmerizing form of a snake, sometimes threatening then back in control and relaxing in the blue halo of the rock fuelled music.

Yes, the instrumentation is solid with great bass riffs, drums that demand attention and guitar licks that excite and add to the tension, all of this would be hollow without vocals and Jason’s just hit the sweet spot every time. The trio has created a sound that has the verve and energy of a live show in the studio, the blues-rock flows full of interest like a storm that would Shake The Tree, then they pull back and there is a momentary respite in the blizzard of notes.

The opening three numbers are loud, fast and intoxicating and definitely will Shake the Trees so that the leaves surround its roots that pull up the blues into the trio’s music, that has guitar breaks that hurl you into a stratosphere of notes, as Hendrix, Paige, Moore and Vaughan collide and are reformed by Berwick. The trio paints a vivid picture reflecting the songs, the title track is an ode to living and listening to the album you are enjoying life to the max.

Phew! Need a moment to reflect, and Black Hole Soul does that as blues takes over with a soulful rush in the intro, this is no slow walk in the park, and no ballads it is how the young energetic guns The Brew take a break with an electric number. There is no acoustic as on the previous album this is electric Rock N Roll from beginning to end.

Rock n Roll Dealer, with deep bass drum the drive is immense and you are drawn deeper into The Brew sound energised and wanting to hear more of the trio from Grimsby. The beat moves on and now we are given an insight into Small Town Faces, is refrained and reflected as they explore the frustrations of experiencing big ideas in a claustrophobic environment trapped by the lack of dreams surrounding you. How do escape through music yes, go on Shake the Tree you will never be sure where the music will fall and take you!

My Juliet, is a calmer and closes the journey The Brew has taken us on with an opening flourish from the drums and guitar lead breaks are full of depths that Jason explores with confidence as the six strings are controlled and shaped to bring blues deep into The Brew’s rock face. There is no doubt that Shake The Tree is accomplished musicianship of the highest standing.

Shake The Tree – The BrewJazzhaus

TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Johnny Moore
  2. Knife Edge
  3. Shake The Tree
  4. Black Hole Soul
  5. Without You
  6. Rock ‘n’ Roll Dealer
  7. Name On A Bullet
  8. Small Town Faces
  9. Ambassador To The Lonely
  10. My Juliet

Danny Bryant on Tour for Blood Money!!!

Danny Bryant on Tour for

Blood Money!!!

Danny Bryant

Read What Bluesdoodles said HERE Full of moody lyrics and riffs and lead breaks that are spellbinding, everyone will have a willingness to exchange Blood Money for a copy of Danny’s latest work.
RELEASE DATE: 29th January 2016, – Jazzhaus Records; YES it is too early to be album of 2016 but I have no doubt come the end of December we will still be playing the album and it will be in the mix. We gave it a 10…

Danny Bryat tracks (1)

 

Danny Bryant – Blood Money ft. Walter Trout (Blood Money 2016)

FEBRUARY 2016 UK TOUR
with special guests Red Butler

Wednesday 10th February 2016 – BILSTON, The Robin 2,
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: – 01902 401211 Online HERE
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm

Thursday 22nd SEPTEMBER 2016 – CARLISLE, The Old Fire Station,
RESCHEDULED – DUE TO VENUE FLOODING
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: – 0844 844 2920 Online HERE
Doors: 7:30pm / Stage: 8:00pm

Friday 12th February – EDINBURGH, The Voodoo Rooms
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: 084444 77 1000 Online HERE
Doors: 7:15pm / Stage: 8:00pm

Saturday 13th February 2016 – ELLAND, The Meeting Room
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 / Box Office: 01422 370 333 Online HERE
Doors: 7:15pm / Stage: 8:00pm

Sunday 14th February 2016 – LINCOLN, The Engine Shed,

Tickets: £11.00/£13.00 / Box Office: 01472 349222 Online HERE
Doors: 7:00pm / Stage: 7:45pm

Thursday 18th February 2016 – DONCASTER, The Leopard
Tickets: £11.00/£13.00 / Box Office: 01472 349 222 Online HERE
Doors: 7:00pm / Stage: 7:45pm

Thursday 19th February 2016 – NOTTINGHAM, The Rescue Rooms
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 / Box Office: 0845 413 4444 Online HERE
Doors: 7:00pm / Stage: 7:30pm

Friday 20th February 2016 – CORBY, Raven Hall
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 / Box Office: 01536 202313 Online HERE
Doors: 7:00pm / Stage: 7:45pm

Sunday 21st February 2016 – BISHOP’S CLEEVE, Tithe Barn
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: 0333 666 3366 Online HERE
Doors: 7:45pm / Stage: 8pm

Thursday 25th February 2016 – HARPENDEN, Public Halls,
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 / Box Office: 01472 349222 Online HERE
Doors: 7:45pm / Stage: 8pm

Friday 26th February 2016 – GRIMSBY – Old Clee Club
Tickets: £11.00/£13.00 / Box Office:01472 349222 Online HERE
Doors: 7:45pm / Stage: 8pm

Saturday 27th February 2016 – NORWICH, The Waterfront
Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 / Box Office: 01603 508050 Online HERE
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm

Sunday 28th February 2016 – GRAVESEND, Leo’s
Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 / Box Office: 01474 566127 Online HERE
Doors: 7:00pm Stage: 8:00pm

Blood Money – Blues from Master Danny Bryant

Danny Bryant Blood MoneyBlood Money –

Blues from Master Danny Bryant.

With a moody bounce of the drum, stinging guitar and vocals from Danny Bryant means only one thing the Blues are back in the room. Full of moody lyrics and riffs and lead breaks that are spellbinding, everyone will have a willingness to exchange Blood Money for a copy of Danny’s latest work.

Danny is a bluesman finding his roots deep in a dirtier, rougher sound less about guitar power more about cadences, the exploration of the light and shade with the chords. Yes, the lead breaks are full of electric energy but there is also a controlled verve that gives a venomous feel to every track on Blood Money – Blues from Master Danny Bryant.
Danny Bryant is never far from a stage playing live the music that he loves and this studio album captures a deep inner spirit that glows with the fingertips of the past and is at the same time a complete contemporary album, full of lyrics of hurt and pain of living each day in the modern world.
Blood Money is intense, driven by a personal mission every lyric is delivered with heartfelt passion that grinds out a guitar that picks up the mood and embellishes the tone from the high to the low notes.

Opening with the title track the guitars growl around the chords as Danny is joined by Walter Trout. The number written explicitly with Walter in mind. Why? Walter has been his guitar mentor since a chance meeting when he was thirteen, the emotion on Danny’s voice as he says “take it” and Walter takes the lead break and closes the track making it very personal. Danny’s guitar is the heart soul and musical lifeblood of the album the fingering and phrasing is intricate and adds depth and underpins the lyrical sentiment on moving tracks including Slow Suicide and On The Rocks; you need no words as the instrument says it all.

This is an album full of musical tones and textures Sugar Sweet is not sweet but full of huge sounds, this is rock that has stepped into Blues and then expanded it beyond the horizon. Bernie Marsden joins Danny’s guitar on Just Won’t Burn, with a Hammond and two huge guitars this isn’t clash of the titans but a melodic co-operation that produces a huge deep sound it works perfectly. How do you bring this immense album to a close with its variety of styles, sweat drenched emotions and cascading chords, you sing Sara Jayne a poignantly beautiful ballad.
This is his third album produced by Richard Hammerton, and will get Danny noticed for all the right reasons mature musicianship and stunning guitar.
RELEASE DATE: 29th January 2016, – Jazzhaus Records; YES it is too early to be album of 2016 but I have no doubt come the end of December we will still be playing the album and it will be in the mix.

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

Track Listing

1. Blood Money (featuring Walter Trout),
2. Master Plan
3. Slow Suicide
4. Unchained
5. On The Rocks
6. Sugar Sweet
7. Fool’s Game
8. Holding All The Cards
9. Just Won’t Burn (featuring Bernie Marsden)
10. Sara Jayne

Dannyy is on tour throughout FEBRUARY 2016 – Check out dates and book your tickets HERE