Danny Brooks has long been referred to as ‘The Real Deal’ and after years of honing his writing and performing skills in Canada, picking up nominations and awards along the way, Brooks is at home in the Texas music scene and traveling throughout the USA. Mixing Southern Soul, Americana, Blues and Gospel, he is quickly being recognized as a prolific writer and dynamic live performer, and is constantly on the road.
Making Llano Texas his home (just west of Austin), ‘Texassippi Soul Man’ Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi are releasing their second ‘Texas’ studio recording ‘This World Is Not Your Friend’, at Larry Nye’s La-Z-L Studio, slated for a January 15th release. This recording will please those who have long expressed a desire to hear a ‘stripped down’ approach to Brooks music, in that it will feature the duo he has with his wife Debi Middlebrook Brooks who sings and plays cajon/percussion while Brooks plays assorted guitars/slide/cigar-box/stomp-board and harp-rack.
Brooks has worked with Legendary producers Jim Dickinson on ‘Its A Southern Thing’ which received high praise fromCub Coda (Smokin’ In The Boy Room/All Music Guide), Johnny Sandlin, (Capri
corn Records Producer) on ‘No Easy Way Out’, that featured the legendary Muscle Shoals musicians David Hood, Spooner Oldham, Bonnie Bramlett. Frazer Mohawk (Elektra) and bassist Tim Drummond (Bob Dylan/Neil Young/James Brown) referred to Brooks as the Real Deal on NorthernBlues recording ‘Saved! The NorthernBlues Gospel Allstars’. On the first two Soulsville recordings, Brookscredits Richard Bell, (Janice Joplin/The Band/Colin Linden) who produced and played keyboards as preparing him for the world stage.
‘Texassippi Soul Man’ Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi hit the road January 31st on their ‘Blue Highway Tour’ (they make a good racket on assorted guitars/stomp-board/harp-rack/cajon/percussion and singing with all their might, with an Elite 3 way Yorkville PA System). As situations dictate, they perform with both Canadian and American bands. Info on the Canadian andAmerican bands is available on the website. T
heir duo live show has drawn comparisons to White Stripes/Black Keys/Keb Mo/Allman Bros.
Crucial Music in Studio City California is representing Brooks’ music to film/tv/commercials and has had ‘You’ll Find A Way’, a soul ballad from Rock This House aired on ABC’s TV Show The Fosters.
“He’s that special musical jewel that we’ve never really had in Canada … he’s our Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Taj Mahal and Ralph Stanley rolled into one performer”. Chris Darton/Maple Blues Magazine
“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.’