Danny Liston – Everybody | Album Review

Danny Liston – Everybody

Bluehouse Records


10 songs time – 45:12

St. Louis singer-songwriter-guitarist Danny Liston, a former member of Southern rockers Mama’s Pride, lends his soulful and forceful pipes to ten slices of R&B, blues and Southern Rock infused songs. The songs drip with intense sincerity. He brings a top-drawer team of seasoned musicians along for the ride to good effect. Danny wrote or co-wrote nine of the ten songs.

The title song is the template for what is to come, as his heartfelt and soulful vocals get energetic reinforcement from Bekka Bramlett, the progeny of Delaney And Bonnie. Will Mcfarlane adds some delicate George Harrison-ish slide guitar. A swampy-funky pilgrimage to find the source of blues magic is embodied in “Didn’t Find My Blues”. The horn section really shines here. “Real Man” is a plaintive, slow sermon on love.

“Old Friends” is a feel good tribute to “old home week”, a celebration of togetherness. The horns bolster the vibe, including a nice SNL sax solo. “Love Everybody” is a smooth R&B number that exalts peace and harmony. Lynyrd Skynyrd attitude is evoked in “Goodbye Jack Daniels”, about cleaning up one’s act and getting sober. “Right As Rain” is a tribute to finding a perfect love. On the other side of the love situation “Scandal” explores an entangled love triangle.

“Made To Rock & Roll” is presented from the perspective of a guitar and it is well represented by some biting Southern Rock guitar soloing. The CD closes out with “A Change Has Come”, a slow-burning profession of faith.

The powerful and moving voice of Danny Liston is the center point of this well healed collection of Southern Rock influenced music. Grammy Award winning producer Jim Gaines has worked his magic here once again. All the instruments are clearly presented, highlighting the top notch top players assembled here. Really nothing here that one could call blues music, but there is a whole lot that you can call great music.

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