Rock That Hits You In The Gut
Some bands have this knack. Before the first song is even over, you get an incredible urge to grab your guitar, plug in and rock along with the music. The D.B, Bryant Band has this knack, as amply demonstrated on their self-titled CD, which is filled with blistering rock as only this South Carolina based group can dish it out. It may remind you a little of a one-guitar Molly Hatchet at first, as guitarist/vocalist Bryant's voice slightly reminiscent of their late lead singer, Danny Joe Brown. Bryant's brother Willie handles bass duties for the trio, and a dude named Paul mans the skins. In addition to picking up their guitar-soaked CD, be sure to look for them at the House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach, as they've played there almost 20 times in the past.
D.B. began playing guitar at age seven in Possum Hollow, S.C. just around the corner from Winnsboro. He started performing professionally at age nine. D.B. played local nightclubs every weekend while in school. He left U.S.C. on his 18th birthday to play on the road full time. The band was called Hi-O-Silver. He toured the Southeast for three years gigging six nights a week. Later relocating to Texas for seven years, he toured nationally most of that time. D.B. eventually started the band Elijah Prophet and released two CDs. This band opened for Alice Cooper, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, Blue Oyster Cult, Robin Trower, Mark Farner's Grand Funk Railroad and others. DB recently started the The D.B. Bryant Band with his brother Will. In addition to their self-titled CD (and its predecessor "The Bud Album"), they are working on Elijah Prophet's third CD. D.B. is also recording a solo acoustic CD and plays his well used '75 Stratocaster every week in the Carolinas.
Currently, the D.B, Bryant Band is branching out into other states, playing biker events, music festivals, and racing events, while continuing to open for many national acts. They also recently signed with CSI South.
64 Miles From Memphis
Back To The Country
J & L Management
D.B. Bryant Band
Web site: www.dbbryant.com
Live At The Key West Bar
We don't review DVDs here, so we're treating the new Danny Morris DVD, Danny Morris Live!, as any other audio release - but it is a concert length DVD with all the goods. The DVD features 18 great examples of high energy surf rock, captured live in front of the usual cast of drunken sailors, made guys, sun-burned tourists and fallen angels (not sure about the sailors, actually). It's a rollickin' good time as Morris mixes reverb drenched instrumental tracks (about 11) with vocal numbers such as "Twistin' Kristin" (a true story!) Morris uses plenty of rockabilly and boogie-woogie influences to pepper his surf-and-turf, and chooses wise covers such as "Pipeline" and the Beatles' "Please Please Me". Don't miss one of the highlights, the pounding "Flight School", with enough rapid double picking for even a jaded surf guitar junkie.
Danny developed his R&B chops in Greensboro, N.C. in the '80s with harpist David "Driveway" Moore's band The Messengers. His next venture was The Blue Note Special, which concentrated more on blues and won the Piedmont Blues Society's Talent Contest in 1988. While playing area venues, Morris's talents impressed the former Muddy Waters sideman Bob Margolin and Saffire's Ann Rabson, who recommended Morris to The Nighthawks' co-founder, harp ace Marc Wenner. In 1993 The Nighthawks recorded one of their stellar live performances and the result was the critically acclaimed CD "Rock This House" which features Morris' amazing guitar virtuosity ranging from blues, funk, jazz, and rockabilly. Danny released his first album in 1996. "I Won't Worry" was a mix of surf, jazz and old-school rock and roll. Two years later, he came out with "Storm Surge". His 2001 release, "The Golden Prize", mixes ska ("No One Knows Virginia"), samba ("You're Mine," "Our Moon") and '50s era rock ("Twistin' Kristin") with surf classics like "I Only Have Eyes For You" and "Pipeline."
Morris is also a graduate of Full Sail College earning a degree in Audio Engineering in 2003. In addition to his DVD, new releases are slated for 2006, most notably a huge collection of official "bootleg" recordings fans can check out online at the band's website.
Eyes Of Deception
Doug Deutsch Publicity Services
16403 Bryant St.
North Hills, CA 91343
Web site: www.dannymorrisband.com