Fat Danny & Hard Tymz

Fat Danny & Hard Tymz

BandBlues

Hi I'm Fat Danny. I grew up in a tough neighborhood in Northeast LOS ANGELES called Frogtown. My folks came from Little Rock Arkansas. Daddy got drunk on the weekends. I come by my Blues the hard way.

Biography

Fat Danny Bennett - vocals, lead guitar, slide guitar
High Desert Bluesman, Fat Danny Bennett, is the heart and soul of the Hard Tymz. He writes and sings all of the original material. Danny's songs come directly from his life. The good, the bad, the ups and the downs. Danny says, "Sing the Blues? Hell, I'm living the Blues." A multi-talented instrumentalist, Danny counts Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Link Wray, and all the "Kings" among his influences.

Mike Burnes - drums and percussion
The quiet man of the group, Mike Burnes, lets his sticks do the talking as he lays down a take-no-prisoners drum beat. Influences include Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker, and his former teacher, Tootie Heath. Mike brings an uptown jazzy feel to the down-home blues of The Hard Tymz.

Doyle Smith - Hammond organ & Wurlitzer electric piano
Born about 20 miles from where Robert Johnson played his last gig, Doyle hails from Leflore County Mississippi. He honed his blues chops playing on the Barbeque joints and Elks Clubs on the chitlin' circuit throughout the Deep South. Influences include Billy Preston, Marvell Thomas, Carson Whitsett, and Booker T.

Eric Brown - harp
Eric Brown is the Hard Tymz's harpmeister. Eric was schooled in the Blues in the musically fertile Greenwich Village. Such giants as Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Big and Little Walter as well as Sonny Terry and Sonny Boy Williamson have heavily influenced our “Boy from New York City” for the past 35 years. Eric has played in a number of bands ranging from blues to classic rock to folk music. His amplified "Mississippi saxophone" adds a down and dirty sound to the Hard Tymz.

Rick Horn – electric bass
Rick Horn was recommended to the Hard Tymz by the legendary Blues bassist, “Papa Dog.” Rick is influenced by impeccable bass players like Duck Dunn and Jamerson. It's all about the groove and pocket. No slappin' or pluckin' here. To paraphrase the Gallo Brothers, Rick will play no note before its time. We call Rick “the man with the biggest bottom in Blues" and we aren’t just talkin’ booty here.

Discography

Thinking About You (out-of-print)
Power of the Blues (available at www.CDbaby.com/hardtymz)
Life Behind the 8 Ball (available at www.CDbaby.com/hardtymz)

Set List

1st Set
1 POCKET FULL OF BLUES
2 GONE WRONG
3 ANOTHER DAY
4 HOW BLUE CAN YOU GET
5 KEY TO THE HIGHWAY
6 DANGEROUS MAN
7 SEVEN DOLLAR BLUES

2nd Set
1 DUST MY BROOM
2 LIFE BEHIND THE 8 BALL
3 MY BABY DON’T LOVE ME
4 LITTLE ROCK
5 LOVE PIG
6 WALKING WITH THE LORD
7 ONE WAY OUT

3rd Set
1 HIGH MAINTENANCE
2 AIN’T HOOKED UP RIGHT
3 PAYING FOR MY SINS
4 GANGSTER OF LOVE
5 PISSIN’ IN THE WIND
6 CROSSCUT SAW
7 SUGAR SANDWICH

Encore tunes
1 GREEN ONIONS
2 MR 5X5- FAT DANNYS BLUES
3 POWER OF THE BLUES
4 LONELY LONELY NIGHTS
5 RED ROOSTER
6 RED HOUSE