Danny Brooks

Danny Brooks

LLano, Texas, USA
BandBluesAmericana

Foot stompin' rockin' southern soulpunctuated with slide and wailing high lonesome harmonica. Soulful ballads and raspy soulful vocals similar to Paul Rogers, Joe Cocker, Solomon Burke, Taj Mahal.... hes our Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Taj Mahal and Ralph Stanley rolled into one performer. Chris Darton/Maple Blues Magazine

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Biography

Danny Brooks 'Texassippi Soul Man', now settled in Llano Texas (Originally from Toronto Canada) has mixed the best of both Texas and Mississippi and calls it 'Texassippi'. He grew up on Hank Williams, Solomon Burke, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker and the Allman Brothers, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Rev. Jumpin' Jim Jericho. Older brother Greg's R&B recordings, of Joe Tex, Bobby Blue Bland and Sam Cooke added to the blend.
Years ago I had the privilege of singing one night with Brownie McGhee (story on my website) and he told me "Son 'fo a white boy, you sho' 'nuff have a suntan on the inside". Several years back after my 7th cd, Mitch Lopate introduced me to Johnny Sandlin, legendary Capricorn Records producer, who brought me down to Decatur Alabama to record 'No Easy Way Out' with the Muscle Shoals musicians...David Hood, Spooner Oldham, Scott Boyer, Kelvin Holly, Bill Stewart, Bonnie Bramlett, Kevin McKendree, James Pennebaker, The Muscle Shoals Horns and rounding it out with Carla Russell and Tina Swindell. It was a thrilling experience and a highlight in my career. It is especially sweet as I have been given a new lease on life and my music reflects the conflict/resolution of live liven hard and fast and been given another chance to make something of it.
Life is precious and we need to make the best of what we have left of it!

'Listening to Danny Brooks is like driving out of Memphis, TN on a sunny Saturday morning into the Mississippi Delta listening to WDIA. It's one of those things where time stands still. A dash of Eddie Hinton, Solomon Burke, Rev. James Cleveland and Howlin' Wolf are all ingredients in Danny's soulful musical stew'. states Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters. Maybe Greg Quill, noted musician and arts writer for the Toronto Star, sums it up the best: 'This is Roots music of great distinction.'

A good mix of rockin' Soul Blues and Pop R&B/Soul Ballads, Brooks live shows rock and he pours everything into each gig; gig after gig! His motto is 'Bring it or go home'.

New recording 'Danny Brooks, 'Texassippi Soul Man' is very well received by reviewers and radio.

Hit #10 on Texas Roots Music Chart (9 months on chart)

#7 on DawgFM Top 20

Hit #1 Top 50 Blues RMR Charts/Internet

#1 Top 50 Antiquarian Librarian Breakthrough Chart

BB Kings Bluesville: http://blues411.com/b-b-kings-bluesville-picks-to-click/

Earlier recordings 'Live At The Palais', Rock This House & Soulsville have all hit #1 on Bluesville SiriusXM

Brooks constantly tours from Texas to Toronto and when not using a band travels as a duo with wife Debi who sings and plays percussion/cajon, Brooks plays assorted guitars/slide/cigar box, harp rack and homemade stomp-board. They carry a Yorkville Elite PA System, 2000 W, with Sub Woofers and they make a great racket for a duo!

Crucial Music http://www.crucialmusic.com/ is now representing Danny Brooks music to film/TV

Discography

1990 After The Storm (Duke St./MCA)
1993 Rough Raw & Simple (Duke St./MCA)
1998 It's A Southern Thing (HIS House Rcd's.)
2000 Righteous, Live at The Southside Shuffle (HHR)
2002 Saved! Northern Blues Gospel Allstars (Northern Blues)
2004 Soulsville, Souled Out 'n Sanctified (HHR)
2005 Soulsville, Rock This House (HHR)
2007 No Easy Way Out (Rockin' Camel Records)
2008/Book 'Miracles For Breakfast'/John Wiley & Sons
2009 Live At The Palais Royale/Soulsville III (HHR)
2012 Danny Brooks/Texassippi Soul Man (HHR) Oct. 24th

Set List

Apart from originals, I can cover Dan Penn, Paul Rogers, Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Taj Mahal, Solomon Burke, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rogers, Allman Brothers, Blind Boys of Alabama...
Sets can be 45 min to 75 minutes