Texanadians Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi (formerly of Toronto Canada) met Tom Easley of AVA Entertainment in 2019 and discussed making a record, making a real recording, blending old school with new tricks and now have a recording that some listeners are calling “new vintage”. 

Recorded in Raymond Mississippi (a suburb of Jackson), Tom assembled some stellar musicians such as Chalmers Davis and Sam Brady, who he had worked with at Malaco Records (as an engineer). Rhythm section is brothers Micah and Joel May from Jackson Mississippi.  James Lawlis, horn guru form Toronto Canada, Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters adds his guitar style along with John Fannin (formerly with Rusty Weir/Jerry Jeff Walker). Rounding things out is Geri O’Neil adding some bass and background vocals , along with Lil Miss Debi and Danny Brooks. Special thanks to Professor Andrew Lewis, who added piano/B3 on “We Do Whatever It Takes”, and who helped enormously on bed-tracks. Says Tom Easley“this is a recording for these times, and people need to hear these songs and what they are saying!”

The recording hearkens to a time when artists lived what they sang about, and wrote from the depths of those life experiences seared into their souls. You cannot scrub the Mississippi grit that clings to each of these tracks on “Are You Ready? The Mississippi Sessions!” Perhaps Greg Martin said it best years ago, and a little prophetic,”Listening to Danny Brooks is like driving out of Memphis Tennessee on a Sunday morning into the Mississippi Delta, listening to WDIA. It’s one of those things where time stands still. A dash of Eddie Hinton (Jerry Wexler referred to Eddie as the white Otis), Solomon Burke, Reverend James Cleaveland, and Howlin’ Wolf are all ingredients in Danny’s soulful, musical stew!”

Ain't No Easy Way Out

Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi

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Life can be brutal at times and beautiful at other times. It’s what we make it, in spite of being dealt a bad hand. Life comes at everybody like a freight train, it does not pick favorites. There is no easy way out, but there is peace for those that seek it.

Players: Joel May, Micah May, Greg Martin, Sam Brady, James Lawlis, Lil Miss Debi, Danny Brooks

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REVIEWS

BLUES AGAIN

Written By:  Mark Mercier (December 2020)

Thirty years on the road already for Danny Brooks, the lifelong writer who is releasing his eleventh album today. The man is generous: 20 tracks, all composed for the occasion, 80 minutes of travel in the depths of America electrified at heart, a sort of synthetic trip between the southern Appalachians and the Saint-Louis River Delta. Originally from Canada, living in Austin in the United States, he claims to be the creator of the Texassippi style and promotes it with a form of therapeutic relentlessness that is a pleasure to hear. This neologism fits right in with Daniel's project, an artist of sharing and raw sensations, without pomp or fuss, who here offers us the full range of North American music: there is blues, rock'n'roll, a reggae return on the luminous 'Jamaica Sun', bursts of zydeco with 'Put A Little Rock' n 'Roll In Your Soul', a Cajun plot in the athletic 'Broken', and soul music introspections hover everywhere and the gospel atmosphere specific to those who have faith. This is the essence of the genre we call Americana. The voice of Brooks, mature, abrasive and nuanced, feverish his texts strong in themes, the fight against the old demons, the cracks of the beings, the Grim Reaper who prowls, the inevitable saving Love.  His wife Lil Miss Debi takes care of the backing vocals and sometimes the vocals, also swinging pretty rhythms on a rudimentary snare. We navigate pure emotionality over beautiful melodies, but we must not seek in this opus the audacity of the guitar hero: the solos, sober and surgical, are given sparingly. The arrangements are rich, the sound recording and mixing, provided by producer Tom Easley, are excellent. Danny surrounded himself with a squad of talented musicians, Joel May on drums, Micah May and Geri O'Neil on bass, Greg Martin on six strings, Chalmers Davis and Sam Brady on keyboards, James Lawlis, Paul Mitchell and Peter Hysen holding the brass. He also invited Professor Lewis who sprinkles the ballad 'We Do Whatever It Takes' with his delicate piano flakes, as well as the illustrious John Fannin joining his guitar to that of the conductor on five songs. When the cake stops spinning, the obvious is obvious: it is a dense and meaningful work. Are you ready? asks the maestro. Without hesitation, we stay in the pickup and set off for twenty laps of the Deep South with him!

 

 

Published by: Rambles (November 2020)

The back cover of the next album offers this warning: "The artist/record label is not responsible for any traffic violation incurred while listening to Are You Ready? The Mississippi Sessions and driving. Listen to at your own risk." My response was the equivalent of "uh huh," and I went on with whatever I was doing when the CD arrived. A couple of weeks later, in the course of an evening spent catching up on review discs that had accumulated in the interim, I put Are You Ready? on the player with minimal expectation. If I'd heard of Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi (his wife Debi Brooks), I'd forgotten. I presumed they were just another un-thrilling white blues act.

Within about three minutes, I felt so disoriented that I thought maybe it was fortunate I hadn't been at the wheel. It's rare that one encounters such instantly appealing, startlingly hard-hitting music, a fusion of various familiar genres rendered with imagination and assurance. Incredibly, though there are no fewer than 20 cuts (filling up 80 minutes, the maximum a CD can hold), there is not a single throwaway. Recordings like this don't come around often.

Born in 1951, Danny Brooks grew up in Canada, where he began playing in a range of bands -- rock, gospel, blues, country -- while struggling with personal demons, some of which landed him in prison for a short stretch in 1972. Brooks claims he learned to write songs behind bars, which if true suggests he put his time to remarkably good use. After that Brooks, who later moved to Memphis (he now lives in Texas), cut a number of albums. From the evidence of the latest, I infer they are pretty decent, but I can't imagine any could be an improvement on this one. Brooks himself says he departed from his comfort zone this time. The record never sounds uncomfortable, though.

It's easier to enjoy Ready than to review it. Let me put it this way: Though not the work of a native Southerner, it starts with a hard-core r&b template and from it builds a structure far more interesting and sturdy than, at least in my hearing, the so-called Southern rock that may have been an original inspiration. Brooks' approach is deeper, clearly the product of a more profound connection with grassroots musical traditions and in searing life experience. Also, Brooks knows how to write a good song, one that grabs you and sticks in your head long after it's gone.

He also knows how -- and is more than able -- to sing the stuffing out of this stuff, as a soul vocalist when appropriate, a bluesman at other times, a country-folk-rockabilly singer elsewhere, even reggae (on the killer "Jamaica Sun"), yet all the while claiming the songs and genres as his own. His vocals are astounding. He also has the benefit of a brilliant and sympathetic producer, the veteran Texas-based Tom Easley, and a small but exquisite band.

Finally, he has had the genius and the grace to write a song, and a true story yet, titled "Me & Brownie McGhee." Thank you, sir.

Written by:  Philip Verhaege (November 2020)

Based in Llano, Texas, Danny 'Texassippi Soul Man' Brooks has the musicality that spans both the Texas blues sound and many Mississippi tunes. Danny involves all this and calls it ingenious 'Texassippi'. He grew up with a lot of country, blues and soul music and was privileged to one day open for Brownie McGhee. Danny was introduced by Mitch Lopate to Johnny Sandlin, the legendary producer of Capricorn Records. That brought him to Decatur Alabama to record the album 'No Easy Way Out' with many Muscle Shoals musicians such as David Hood, Spooner Oldham, Bonnie Bramlett, Frazer Mohawk and bassist Tim Drummond. As Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brooks, he has toured extensively with Lil 'Miss Debi in recent years, and together the duo recorded the albums' Texassippi Soul Man '(2012),' This World Is Not Your Friend 'in 2015 and' Get Your Joy. On '. Now there is the long-awaited "Are You Ready? The Mississippi Sessions ". Danny Books and wife Miss Debi entered the studio with a whole host of guest artists. That resulted in twenty songs that depict the trials of life, love and the hard lessons of life. Rock songs like "Are You Ready" are colored with those supreme vocals, heavy guitar riffs and a Memphis soul horn section. And that horn section will also enthuse the soul ballads "Jesus Had The Blues" and "Coming Home". The track "Jamaica Sun" has that typical reggae tune, and that diverges with the gospel songs "We Do Whatever It Takes" and "Let Me Know". Lil 'Miss Debi takes the vocal honors in the mid-tempo blues track "No Easy Way Out", just like in the goosebumps caput "Angel From Montgomery", original by John Mayer. With "One More Mile" (To Mississippi) and "Rock N Roll Was The Baby" we go to the Deep South. The radio-friendly 'Where Will You Stand', the country inspired 'Hold On To Love', the heavy blues rocker 'Broken', the folky 'Climb That Mountain' and the Cajun inspired 'Put A Little Rock n Roll In Your Soul' in pleasant contrast to the Chicago gospel blues inspired 'Without Love' and the autobiographical 'Me and Brownie McGhee'. From the nice foot-stomping "Tell Ma About It" it swiftly goes to the Southern rock ballad "When I'm Holding You" and the playful closing song "The Battle". Danny Brooks voice timbre with that low, raw, almost growling voice is here with a big nod to Tom Waits.

 

Written by:  Adriae Webb (November 2020)

Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi “Are You Ready” His House Records Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters describes Danny Brooks as “Driving out of Memphis on a sunny Saturday morning into the Mississippi Delta”, and Kyle Lehning: Producer/ Randy Travis says “Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi’s is as authentic as it gets. Real music that speaks soul to soul!” As I listen to his album “Are You Ready” for the third time and enjoying every bit of it, I describe the overall sound as organic. You can feel the truth in his music. No pitch correction or studio manipulation here. Instead you get the feel of a live Blues performance. Brooks is known as a blues and gospel blues artist. His music reflects influences drawn from bluegrass, country and R&B. He has released nine albums in his more than 40 years as a performer. Brooks and his band have performed at blues festivals across North America, including at the televised Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Beaches International Jazz Festival in Toronto. October 2012 saw the release of “Texassippi Soul Man”, Brooks first effort since moving south to Llano, Texas His Awards Include: Blues Hall of Fame 2009 Blues Ambassador to Ontario, Canada. CGMA Covenant Awards 2006 nominee, Best Jazz/ Blues Album of the Year: Soulsville: Rock This House. Independent Music Awards 2008 nominee, Favourite Blues Artist/Group or Duo of the Year Shai Awards 2007 Best Jazz/Blues Album Of The Year: Soulsville: Rock This House. Let’s dive into the album musicians which include Brothers Joel & Micah May - Drums & Bass, Chalmers Davis - B3/Wurlitzer, Sam Brady – B3/Piano/ Rhodes, Professor Andrew Lewis – B3/ Piano Greg Martin – Guitar/Slide, John Fannin – Guitar/Slide, Vocals – Debi Brooks, Rusty Weir & Jerry Jeff Walker. Geri O'Neil – Bass/Vocals. Horns - James Lawlis, Horns/Clarinet/Flute, Paul Mitchel, Trumpet & Peter Hysen, Tuba. As for the cd “Are You Ready”, Brooks offers his listeners a very generous TWENTY track compilation of several genre inspired music that he is known for such as the many different styles of Blues, a little Gospel, and even a Jamaican reggae inspired song. There is something for everyone in this album and it’s all good. On the title track 1 “Are You Ready” Brooks comes out swinging with an upbeat blues rendition with a great driving beat, great guitar leads and a light sprinkling from the horn section. Track 3 “Jamaican Sun” is a fun reggae inspired song that is best played while on the beach with a cold one in your hand. On this track Brooks distinct raspy voice and backup vocals along with the blues harp and horns take center stage. A fun song that will put anyone in the groove. On track 5 “Let Me Know” is a certified stand up and testify Gospel song that will get everyone on their feet. Danny, if you are reading this, adding a church choir as back up singers would be a real show stopper. On track 7 “Angels From Montgomery” Brooks gives the lead vocals to his wife Lil Miss Debi (Brooks) and Danny does backup vocals. The excellent harp playing adds a cowboy on the prairie feel. Track 11 “Where Will You Stand” is a soulful rendition with a strong Bruce Springsteen feel to it. I can easily see Springsteen doing this song. As a matter of fact Brooks even sounds like Springsteen on this song. Talk about different? Track 15 is titled “Put A Little Rock & Roll In Your Soul” but if you listen it’s more like what would be played at a country ho-down. Ever been to a country ho-down?? Me either, but this is the knee slapping, hay in the barn kinda music I would imagine played there. Track 19 “When I’m Holding You” is an easy going love ballad where Brooks sings his sentiment for his wife Lil Miss Debi. I think it’s safe to say that anyone who learns and sings this song to their significant other would earn countless brownie points… Lastly we have track 20 “The Battle”, one of my favorites. Every time it reminds me of the Blues Brothers movie at the end where the band is playing “Minnie The Moocher” with Cab Calloway. All aspects of Brooks great band is highlighted here. From the 1920’s style horn arrangement underscored by a tuba no less to great harmonica and guitar leads throughout. What does this mean? An instant smile as your head starts bobbing to the beat. Love it. One final note that needs mentioning in creating a successful 20 track album is not only the music itself but where each song is positioned to maintain listener interest and Brooks did a great job. As I said in my intro, the cd has a little something for everyone and its all good!! The cd “Are You Ready” can be found at DannyBrooksMusic.com and as you probably guessed by now – I highly recommend it. Until Next Time - Adrian Webb

 

Written by: Chris Spector (November 2020)

DANNY BROOKS & LIL MISS DEBI/Are You Ready?: Certainly you remember the good times that went with music that came out of that vortex of Memphis, Macon and Muscle Shoals. This record came from that time and place, with several of the cats from that time and place lending hands. Recording in suburban Jackson, there's a soupcon of Malaco in the mix as well. Tasty, real music set that vet rockers will love kicking it out to. Solid stuff. 
(His House 7) 

Written by: Norman Darwen (December 2020)

DANNY BROOKS & LIL MISS DEBI
ARE YOU READY? THE MISSISSIPPI SESSIONS
His House Records


Now don’t get me wrong but listening to these twenty trackers is a bit like taking a breathless whistle-stop tour of the south, centered on Mississippi and music from south of the Mason - Dixon line. Conversely though, the opener (which is also the title track) is inspired by vocalist Paul Rodgers, with a solidly grooving southern rock approach and even a slight nod to Free’s All Right Now. It makes for a memorable start, but the quality of the set never lets up, from the excellent moody modern blues of Jesus Had The Blues and the swampy No Easy Way Out to the relaxed, reggae-tinged gospel- blues of Jamaica Sun, Lil Miss Debi’s showcase version of John Prine’s folky Americana classic Angel From Montgomery and the raw Hill Country sound of One More Mile (To Mississippi). It is not surprising then to learn that this Texanadian (as they put it) husband and wife duo recorded this set in Raymond, Mississippi, a suburb of Jackson, and it was produced by former Malaco Records engineer Tom Easley. Danny sings most of the leads, and plays guitar, harp and stomp board whilst Miss Debi takes
the occasional lead, adds heavenly harmonies and thumps the cajon. They are aided and abetted by the likes of gospel-steeped rhythm section Joel and Micah May out of Jackson (drums and bass respectively), vastly experienced keyboards player Chalmers Davis, guitarist Greg Martin of The Kentucky Headhunters and many others. If you are looking for an individual and vastly entertaining set of blues, soul, R’n’B, gospel, southern rock, Americana and folk, guaranteed to put a smile on your face, you won’t go wrong with this.

 

Written by: Bob Silvestri (December 2020)

The new album from Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi titled Are You Ready? The Mississippi Sessions is an authentic slice of real life experiences played out in song. Recorded just outside of Jackson, Mississippi the Toronto natives and current residents of Texas tap into the gritty feel of the mighty river and southern soul and blues. Helping on the album are a crack team of session aces Chalmers Davis, Sam Brady, Micah and Joel May, James Lawlis, John Fannain, Geri O'Neil and special guests Professor Andrew Lewis and Greg Martin from the Kentucky Headhunters. Brooks and Miss Debi offer up a host of outstanding tracks among the twenty tracks here including the title cut and opening track "Are You Ready?" a get in the mood for a good time romp, the instant blues classic "Jesus Had The Blues", the positive vibes of "Jamaica Sun", "No Easy Way Out" a greasy in the pocket jam, the sweet sounds of "Coming Home", "Rock N Roll Was The Baby", the roots anthem "Where Will You Stand", and the ballad about that someone special "Hold On To Love". Further treats include a cover of the John Prine classic "Angel From Montgomery" a showcase track from Miss Debi, the autobiographical upbeat rocker "Broken", the Cajun flavored and sage advice tune "Put A Little Rock N Roll In Your Soul", the soulful "Without Love", the acoustic boogie "Me and Brownie McGhee" a true tale about meeting the blues legend and "When I'm Holding You" about your true love and soul mate. Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi and their album Are You Ready? The Mississippi Sessions is an ambitious effort and a throwback to the time was the blues was born. Check out www.dannybrookstexassippisoulman.com or www.facebook.com/TexassippiSoulManDannyBrooks for more information about Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi and their album Are You Ready? The Mississippi Sessions.

Written by: John Taylor (December 2020) 

Part memoir, part altar call, Danny Brooks and Lil’ Miss Debi’s “Are You Ready? The Mississippi Sessions” is a masterful work that’s timely, yet timeless. Like a favorite Bible verse, it’s one you’ll want to turn to more than once — it’s salve for the soul in an anxious age. 

Joined by an impressive collection of backing musicians, the 69-year-old “Texassippi Soul Man” has produced a 20-song album that revisits familiar sounds and places with the wisdom of a man who’s traveled far, learned much and now sees things from a hard-won perspective. 

Summoning revival-style gospel, harmonica-rich Mississippi country blues, a little downtown Memphis style and some smooth slide guitar work, Brooks offers encouragement to the sinner, comfort to the weary and warnings to those who would take love for granted. 

As the note introducing the title song puts it: “Life can be brutal at times and beautiful at other times. It’s what we make it, in spite of being dealt a bad hand. Life comes at everybody like a freight train, it does not pick favorites. There is no easy way out, but there is peace for those that seek it.” 

The playlist further underscores the point. 

“I know I’m not a righteous man,” he sings on “Climb That Mountain,” “but sinners need help, too.” 

Other songs – “We Do Whatever It Takes,” “No Easy Way Out,” “Where Will You Stand?” and “The Battle” come to mind – also speak to truths Brooks has learned the hard way. 

The Canada native has tight-roped between sin and salvation from his childhood days of reciting Scripture on street corners at his father’s bidding to a short-term prison stay in the 1970s. But these days, living in Llano, Texas, he’s made peace with his mistakes — and he’s made his decisions. 

“You learn how to win when you know what it’s like to fall,” he adds on “Climb That Mountain.” 

One of the more poignant moments on the album comes on “Angel From Montgomery.” It’s perhaps the most heartfelt and genuine rendition of John Prine’s classic since he released it back in 1971. 

Recorded in Raymond, Mississippi – just outside Jackson – the band includes guitarists Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters and John Fannin, who formerly worked with Rusty Weir and Jerry Jeff Walker. Micah and Joel May comprise the rhythm section, James Lawlis plays horns and Geri O’Neil provides bass and background vocals. Chalmers Davis and Sam Brady round out the group, along with Professor Andrew Lewis, who mixes in keyboards on “We Do Whatever It Takes.” 

Like Brooks and Lil’ Miss Debi, the versatile group can tighten up or ease off at will, but they remain consistent and true throughout the album. 

And consistent and true might be the best two words to describe their overall effort here. 

  

 

Written by: Michael Seget (November 2020) 

Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brooks and his wife Lil Miss Debi have put the output of their Mississippi sessions on a full CD. With the twenty songs they undertake a foray through blues, Americana and rock. “Are You Ready?” Appears undisguised and handmade and delivers high quality titles in all styles. Danny Brooks explains that the blues is the father of rock ‘n roll (" Rock N Roll Was The Baby ") and that Jesus already owned the blues (" Jesus Had The Blues "). It is therefore advisable to look at the blues titles at the beginning of the review. Brooks locates the concrete roots of his music in the Mississippi Delta. His smoky, scratchy voice also goes perfectly with this one. Brooks sounds almost like Tom Waits on “The Battle”. The title receives additional drive from the winds, who also enhance several other pieces. The majority of his blues-infiltrated songs shifts into a brisk gear (“Me And Brownie McGhee”) and occasionally he lets it rattle properly with resonator guitar and harmonica (“One More Mile (To Mississippi)”). In the duet with Lil Miss Debi "No Easy Way Out" Brooks slows down the tempo a bit, but the song remains powerful. The strong "We Do Whatever It Takes" moves between blues and Americana. With “Where Will you Stand” Brooks adds another great track in this direction. When Brooks turns to Americana, his songs are partly reminiscent of John Hiatt ("When I'm Holding You"). Lil Miss Debi contributes a soulful version of John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery" to the work. With the exception of this classic, all songs are from Brooks. On "Climb That Mountain" he shows that he can sing atmospheric ballads himself. Does “Are You Ready?” Offer some delicacies in the blues and Americana, the rock songs are the highlight of the menu. In the style of early Southside Johnny, Brooks serves his rock with a good helping of soul. James Lawlis shines on the saxophone on the title track and on “Coming Home”. Harmonica and organs in connection with a strong background choir bring the good old days back to life with “Without Love”. Somewhat out of line are “Jamaica Sun”, which has a slight hint of reggae, and the Schunkel number “Put A Little Rock N‘ Roll In Your Soul ”, which creates dancehall flair in a combination of Cajun and country. Nevertheless, the tracks integrate into the overall work without a break. Its musical range is expanded with “Let Me Know”, which is influenced by gospel. Other musicians would have made two, perhaps more conceptually oriented, releases out of the extensive material. But who wants to complain about a rich offer when the display is so tempting? The booklet designed by Lil Miss Debi deserves a special mention. In addition to the texts and short comments on the songs, photos with information on the musicians involved are also printed on 24 pages. Danny Brooks is now slowly approaching seventy and, together with Lil Miss Debi, presents a fresh, almost 80-minute-long album on which he shows that he knows his way around blues, Americana and rock. Despite the different stylistic influences, “Are You Ready?” Remains an authentic-looking work that skilfully combines the various musical styles, which are indeed related to each other.

 

Written by: Fred Delforge (November 2020)

This album by the Texans from Toronto, Ontario, was born from the meeting of Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi and Tom Easley of AVA Entertainment, and a common desire to record something new, but in an up-to-date configuration. old, what some scholars sometimes call new vintage… So it's in the company of Greg Martin and John Fannin on guitars, Micah May and Gery O'Neil on bass, Chalmers Davis and Sam Brady on keyboards, James Lawlis on saxophones and Joel May on drums that Danny Brooks on vocals and guitars but also on harmonica and Lil Miss Debi on vocals and percussion went to the studio in Raymond, in the suburb of Jackson, Mississippi, to put in box twenty titles in which we notice very beautiful pieces of blues but also some treasures of rock or America, styles that the two singers really master at the fingertips. A few guests like Professor Lewis on Hammond organ and piano, Paul Mitchell on trumpet and Peter Hysen on trombone and here we are in good company to explore beautiful things like "Jesus Had The Blues", "Jamaica Sun" , "Angel From Montgomery", "Where Will You Stand", "Without Love", "Me And Brownie McGhee" or "When I'm Holding You", original titles that each stand out in their own way on the large palette color of black and white American music. Like a long road trip that would take us from Memphis to the depths of the Delta on Highway 61 and behind the wheel of a convertible racing car distilling local music, "Are You Ready? The Mississippi Sessions ”turns out to be a very beautiful testimony to what the region has the best in terms of influences and sounds, an album thought and recorded with the guts but also with the heart which offers us the best of what these Texanadians have it in them. A real musical melting pot in which it is good to get lost in order to better find your way around a slide, a long harmonica tirade or even a few summary percussions!

 

Written by: Freddy Celis (November 2020)

"Are You Ready" is a new album from Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi operating out of Texas. As Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi, they have toured North America extensively for the past 5 years. With the completion of two CDs, "Texassippi Soul Man" (2012) and "This World Is Not Your Friend" (2015) there is now their latest release, this "Are You Ready?". Now based in Llano Texas, Danny Brooks 'Texassippi Soul Man' has blended the best of both Texas and Mississippi and calls it 'Texassippi'. He grew up with Hank Williams, Solomon Burke, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker and the Allman Brothers and Blind Boys of Alabama. So much for some info about Danny Brooks, this one about Lil Miss Debi remains mysterious The album contains 20 songs of which there is just one single cover, namely John Prine's, ... right, "Angel From Montgomery". Danny Brooks opens with a song called Are You Ready. Just like the beautiful blues, the vocal qualities of Lil Miss Debi are not immediately high days. The album was recorded in Mississippi, outside of Jackson. Brooks and Lil Miss Debi identify as Texanadians. The 20 songs are a blend of blues, swampy Americana but also some catchy gospels. To increase the diversity even more with "Jamaica Sun" we even get a piece of reggae, one that goes in smoothly. Delicious soul blues then again with "We Do Whatever It Takes" after which we end up in sixth gear in gosland with "Let Me Know". It is the variety of songs that make up the album and that's how Lil Miss Debi comes into the spotlight with "Angel From Montgomery". Soul à volenté then with songs like "Coming Home" and the romantic ballad "Where Will You Stand". Unexpectedly, both show up with their child on "Rock 'n Roll Was The Baby". On songs like "Clim That Mountain" and "Put A Little Rock 'n Roll in Your Soul" they take us on a country tour in Texas, just for the ambiance. "Without Love" is a blues and gospel sensitive soul song that can be good, after which we move towards the cotton field with Brownie McGhee with "Me and Brownie McGhee". Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi were a blank slate for myself and yes from now on I also feel like a Texanadian and thus connected to their "Texassippi" ..... Sometimes, and certainly with the soulful ballads, they shine a light on the Holmes Brothers.

 

 

QUOTES

"If you are looking for an individual and vastly entertaining set of blues, soul, R’n’B, gospel, southern rock, Americana and folk, guaranteed to put a smile on your face, you won’t go wrong with this. "” - NORMAN DARWEN/Blues Matters

— https://bluesmatters.com/

It's rare that one encounters such instantly appealing, startlingly hard-hitting music, a fusion of various familiar genres rendered with imagination and assurance."” - Jerry Clark