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Home grown Brit blues
on 9 July 2002
There seems to be a crop of young blues players about at the moment, on both sides of the Atlantic. This first studio release by Danny Bryant's Redeye Band should, on talent alone if not on marketing hype, put him at the top of the tree. I have been listening to blues since before this guy was born and this is the first album in a long while which has made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
This isn't Musicians' Institute blues, this is blues wrung out of a life on the road, and it shows. All the tracks are penned by Danny himself, there are no covers. The playing is assured, confident and melodic, covering a pleasing mixture of styles, from hard-edged SRV through acoustic, slide and searing Strat in a kind of Clapton-collides-with-Walter-Trout feel. In short, this is a player who has found his own voice. And speaking of voice, it's hard to square the emotion that comes out in his singing with his youth: he really means it.
I couldn't find a bad track on this album, nor was it ever repetitious. If you like classic blues played like it ought to be, it's worth checking this one out.