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Soulsville Rock This House

by Danny Brooks

Rockin' R&B mixed with Soul, Blues and a touch of Gospel. Stax/Muscle Shoals in 2005
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1. Can't Keep A Good Man Down For Long
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2. Hold On
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3. Stand Up
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4. Yonder Cloud
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5. Rock This House
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
2007 Shai Awards: Danny Brooks 'Best Jazz/Blues Album of the Year'for Rock This House http://www.shaiawards.com/

2006 GMA Canada: Nominated for Best Jazz/Blues Album 2006

View videos on U Tube http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Decatur7


- BLUESWAX - Cook Up the Old-Time Soul Stew, Rock this House - (12/20/06) - The cover of the album has a map of Memphis and the surrounding tri-state area, an area from which Danny Brooks draws a heavy influence. Brooks does not try to hide these influences as he talks about them in his extensive liner notes and also in his songs. This is a solid R&B album full of horns, keys, and strong vocals. This is a very upbeat affair with a positive spin that's contagious. These guys love what they are doing and it shows on this album. Each song has a little explanation that Brooks wrote, which gives the album a nice personal touch. Brooks has been through some rough spots in life and is not afraid to talk about it, or sing about it, on this album. He has been energized with a clean slate to take off into what he wants to do, and he is doing it. There is a lot of Gospel in the Soul of Danny Brooks. He is coming out of the school of Solomon Burke, Sam and Dave, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and the Soul singers of the 1960s. He delves into those sounds with full conviction and a true respect for these musicians. He wants to remember these artists, gone the way of Otis Redding or here with us like Bobby Bland. The band gets into grooves that would make James Brown start shakin' on the floor. This is a tough unit that can push out some smokin' Soul or soothing night songs. From the horns to the keys to the guitar, this album doesn't waste any notes. The backing vocals support Brooks beautifully. I know I already said it, but the positive sound just grabs you and holds on. With so many negatives coming from the mass media, this has good vibrations all over it. Any fan of 1960's Soul that is looking for something new to get into should take a listen here. Danny Brooks is very confident with his vocals and uses them well. His supporting cast is on the same page and telling the same story. The songwriting is good and the liner notes give you perspective on each song's lyrics. Let Danny Brooks rock your house soon. - Kyle M. Palarino/BluesWax


ROCK THIS HOUSE has been picked the #1 CD of December '05 by Baker Street Radio/France http://www.radiobakerstreet.com/playlist.html

Lead off single 'Hold on' a tribute to the soul & R&B greats is climbing the Beach and R&B charts and is currently #1 in Angier NC and still doing well on the Beach Music Charts www.beachmusic45.com

Shades of Blue Reviews - Danny Brooks/Rock This House - Oct/05
When the Shades site reviewed Danny's previous album (Soulsville), we commented on how much we were looking forward to the next release in the southern music trilogy.

Eagerly anticipating the addition of downhome horns to an already well rounded sound, we were hoping for a heady mix of classic R&B, soul, gospel, blues and country in a modern context. After all, we've recently seen successful releases for Solomon Burke and, latterly, Bobby Purify, both of which incorporated the traditional southern soul writing style of people like Dan Penn - recordings that were fresh as you like whilst acknowledging the debt to a glorious musical history. So, why not the same for Danny Brooks? "Soulsville" was a truly fine record, but "Rock This House" definitely moves the whole thing up a notch. Lyrically, the previous album focused extensively on the overtly spiritual, although Shades of Blue found the more secular but still intensely personal songs the strongest on the set. This album broadens the themes, mixing the personal with the spiritual, the serious with the fun. 'Hold On', for example, is a very direct joyous celebration of soul and R&B greats such as Joe Tex, Solomon Burke and Bobby Bland (of course, anyone who name checks Bobby is already ahead of the game!) driven along with a classic R&B lilt. You can still hear the influences (get the impression Brooks would be disappointed if you couldn't!) but this is Memphis soul, R&B and blues brought bang up to date. Songs might start with a John Lee Hooker vibe, a typical Joe Tex storyline, a bit of Solomon preaching or a Blind Boys gospel refrain, but what develops is a series of well crafted songs that matches anything on the aforementioned lauded releases from Solomon Burke and Bobby Purify. If I had to pigeon-hole Danny's vocal style, then the closest I could get is to the likes of Eddie Hinton when he was at his soul searching and testifying best; more than capable of rocking up a storm, at its very best on the the very fine soul blues ballads such as 'You'll Find A Way'. The addition of a horn section adds real colour to the material, and the band is truly exceptional. Special mention to Richard Bell (keyboards and production), Ed Zankowski (lead tenor) and Amoy Levy (vocal duet/backing vocals). If there were any justice, this should be a major seller. It's the equal of anything produced in the country soul vein this year. It's every bit as good as the Dan Penn produced Bobby Purify release "Better To Have It", and that album received universally great reviews in the British music press. -Shades of Blue/R&B Primer


Danny Brooks has definitely 'kicked it up a notch' with his new CD and first single 'Hold On.' Danny has brought the classic soul of Memphis into 2005. His vocals are spicy hot and the lyrics to 'Hold On' will take you to a soulful place not unlike Stax Records. Rock 'n' Soul at it's best!!
-John Donabie - CFRB Radio/Toronto

'Hold On' is a sizzling new tune with an old R&B beat that not only takes you back to the roots of 'Carolina Beach Music', the feel and lyrics allow you to drift back in time with memories of songs and artists that has created one of the most unique cultures in the music world. You do not want to drive under the influence of 'Hold On'. -Kyle Beam/Right Reverend of Beach Music


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John Valentyne

A magnificent journey through Southern Soul.
MAPLE BLUES MAGAZINE - John Valenteyn - After last year's Souled Out 'n Sanctified, this one was eagerly awaited. I was not disappointed. This is once again a magnificent journey through Southern Soul. The songs here are not as openly devotional, although that is never in doubt. The subject matter is on a more personal level. There is a larger horn sound but the songwriting is as sharp as ever - anyone who thinks the music of Memphis in the sixties and seventies is mined out needs to listen to this CD. "Hold On" is a good example: over a surging horn riff, Danny

reminisces over a long list of singers and songs from that era. If you liked "Soulsville" on that last CD, you'll love this one. The title song is a storming gospel soul song with the horns set against the choir and what a choir: John Mays, Steve Ambrose, Hiram Joseph, Amoy Levy and Julia Churchill all appear on various songs. "Good Love Is Hard To Find" is another `secular' song with a very catchy melody. "Unseen Hands" finds Danny in Howling Wolf mode warning us about the powerful who want to control our lives. "Tears from Heaven" is an impassioned plea for the poor. After those difficult topics it comes as a bit of a shock to hear an eloquent request for patience, but "It Takes A Little Time' has a great horn arrangement. Richard Bell is back as producer and arranger with assistance from Doug Romanow. It has taken Danny quite a while to get to this level of achievement and I hope it continues for a long time. -JV/ Maple Blues Magazine

John Valentyne

A magnificent journey through Southern Soul.
MAPLE BLUES MAGAZINE - John Valenteyn - After last year's Souled Out 'n Sanctified, this one was eagerly awaited. I was not disappointed. This is once again a magnificent journey through Southern Soul. The songs here are not as openly devotional, although that is never in doubt. The subject matter is on a more personal level. There is a larger horn sound but the songwriting is as sharp as ever - anyone who thinks the music of Memphis in the sixties and seventies is mined out needs to listen to this CD. "Hold On" is a good example: over a surging horn riff, Danny

reminisces over a long list of singers and songs from that era. If you liked "Soulsville" on that last CD, you'll love this one. The title song is a storming gospel soul song with the horns set against the choir and what a choir: John Mays, Steve Ambrose, Hiram Joseph, Amoy Levy and Julia Churchill all appear on various songs. "Good Love Is Hard To Find" is another `secular' song with a very catchy melody. "Unseen Hands" finds Danny in Howling Wolf mode warning us about the powerful who want to control our lives. "Tears from Heaven" is an impassioned plea for the poor. After those difficult topics it comes as a bit of a shock to hear an eloquent request for patience, but "It Takes A Little Time' has a great horn arrangement. Richard Bell is back as producer and arranger with assistance from Doug Romanow. It has taken Danny quite a while to get to this level of achievement and I hope it continues for a long time. -JV/ Maple Blues Magazine

Chris Spector/Midwest Record Recap


HIS HOUSE
DANNY BROOKS/Rock This House: I just don't know how these Canucks get so
much Memphis in their soul, but they do, and they don't stop there, they get
the rest of the south tossed into the gumbo as well, and it all comes out
right, just like it does here on Brooks' latest. There's no way this isn't
the voice of experience and it just blows you away with every note. It's
only a matter of time before this white boy starts winning some Handy
awards.
Chris Spector
Midwest Record Recap
830 W. Main St #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047

James Ivy


This is a great CD - an extremely good mesh of Blues sounds and Christian lyrics.

Greg Quill

A blazing hot record, loaded with deep and joyful grooves
TORONTO STAR: WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE MUSIC BUSINESS?
What's wrong with a music business that allows a talent as rich and focused as Milton, Ont., soul/blues/gospel singer-composer Brooks to squander such brilliant work on the outer fringes of the independent market? Here is an awesome musical assembly of seasoned veterans-pianist/producer and former Band/Janis Joplin sideman Richard Bell, drummer Bucky Berger, bassist Dennis Pinhorn, guitarist Papa John King, gospel singer Amoy Levy and a horn section to die for - who are devoted to Brooks' muscular blend of hard rocking, good-

time Southern boogie, soul, and rhythm 'n' blues. Rock This House is a blazing hot record, loaded with deep and joyful grooves, propelled by an irresistible pulse, heated by Muscle Shoals and Delta sweat, and bursting with songs that unfold compelling yarns of faith, trial, sorrow, peace, redemp- tion and above all, love. Brooks' fierce growl had never sounded more real than it does on this stunning recording, easily his finest effort, and deserving of Big Time attention.
- Greg Quill - Arts writer/Toronto Star /Nov/05

Blues Revue/Kyle M. Palarino

"Gets into grooves that would make James Brown start shakin' "
Blues Revue / Brooks, Danny and the Rockin Revelators
Soulsville/Rock This House

Cook Up the Old-Time Soul Stew, (12/20/06)
The cover of the album has a map of Memphis and the surrounding tri-state area, an area from which Danny Brooks draws a heavy influence. Brooks does not try to hide these influences as he talks about them in his extensive liner notes and also in his songs. This is a solid R&B album full of horns, keys, and strong vocals.

This is a very upbeat affair with a positive spin that's contagious. These guys love what they are doing and it shows on this album. Each song has a little explanation that Brooks wrote, which gives the album a nice personal touch. Brooks has been through some rough spots in life and is not afraid to talk about it, or sing about it, on this album. He has been energized with a clean slate to take off into what he wants to do, and he is doing it.

There is a lot of Gospel in the Soul of Danny Brooks. He is coming out of the school of Solomon Burke, Sam and Dave, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and the Soul singers of the 1960s. He delves into those sounds with full conviction and a true respect for these musicians. He wants to remember these artists, gone the way of Otis Redding or here with us like Bobby Bland.

The band gets into grooves that would make James Brown start shakin' on the floor. This is a tough unit that can push out some smokin' Soul or soothing night songs. From the horns to the keys to the guitar, this album doesn't waste any notes. The backing vocals support Brooks beautifully. I know I already said it, but the positive sound just grabs you and holds on. With so many negatives coming from the mass media, this has good vibrations all over it.

Any fan of 1960's Soul that is looking for something new to get into should take a listen here. Danny Brooks is very confident with his vocals and uses them well. His supporting cast is on the same page and telling the same story. The songwriting is good and the liner notes give you perspective on each song's lyrics. Let Danny Brooks rock your house soon.

Kyle M. Palarino is a contributing editor at BluesWax

Peter 'Blewzzman' Lauro

Blown away by Danny Brooks & The Rockin' Revelators
BY PETER "BLEWZZMAN" LAURO, © JANUARY, 2006

I guess being blown away by DANNY BROOKS & THE ROCKIN' REVELATORS is becoming an annual thing. They did it to me last year with "SOULED OUT 'N' SANCTIFIED" and once again this year with "ROCK THIS HOUSE".

The Revelators, enough of them you could also call them a congregation, are: DANNY BROOKS on Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar & Harmonica; DENNIS PINHORN on Bass; BUCKY BERGER on Drums; RICHARD BELL on B3, Piano, Wirlitzur & Horn Arrangements; PAPA JOHN KING & TEDDY LEONARD on Guitar; ED ZANKOWSKI & PAUL COUSEE on Saxophones; JOE ALLEN on Trumpet; GARY CRAIG on Percussion; DOUG ROMANOW on Synthesizer & Accordion; With JOHN KAYS, STEVE AMBROSE, HIRAM HOSEPH, AMOY LEVY & JULIA CHURCHILL on Vocals.

The thirteen tracks on "ROCK THIS HOUSE" are all DANNY BROOKS originals and they are his signature mix of Rockin', Soulful, Spiritual, Gospel and Blues boogies, ballads, shuffles and hymns. I will now take on the unenviable task of naming just a few of my favorites.

"ROCK THIS HOUSE" explodes open with "CAN'T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN FOR LONG". Although it is not the title track, this one indeed rocks the house. Everyone's at the top of their game here. The background singers are hot, the rhythm section is smoking and the piano player is setting off the sprinkler system - whoa! It's tracks like this you wish you could see done live.

"HOLD ON" is a soulful, sixties sounding ballad that also makes reference to several singers and songs of the era. This one would even have Sam Cooke smilin' and swayin'. Danny, as he does on just about every song, sings his heart out on this one. The songs he writes are so compatible to his powerful and soulful voice. One of many tracks with excellent background vocals as well.

The title track, "ROCK THIS HOUSE" should really be called "ROCK THIS HOUSE, AGAIN", 'cause as I said, the opening track already did that and this one takes over right where that one left off. This time however, it's the B3 that RICHARD BELL'S beating up on.

"NEVER GO WRONG DOING RIGHT" is a shuffle that features some of BUCKY BERGER's best drum work. It's also one of the tracks that features some elusive blues guitar licks.

Unfortunately, due to self production and small budgets, this is one of those CD's that may not reach the masses.....to that I can only say "what a shame, everyone should get to hear this one"

You can visit Danny Brooks on the Web at: www.dannybrooksmusic.com/