Notice of Reality Show filming
Debi and I have been writing a tv reality show ‘Life On The Blue Highway’ with Danny & Debi Brooks. We have written a pilot and now writing 13 episodes. We will shoot some footage Aug. 29th to be used for an episode that will also include an interview with John Donabie. The show will focus on our lives on the road, our trials and joys (unvarnished), the diversity in venues (clubs, churches, prisons, festivals, rehabs), the demographics of the people we meet, their hope and dreams and trials, which includes family members fighting addictions. We will also interview someone of interest and their stories for each episode. It will have a motivational and inspirational theme, and will feature some live performing footage as well.
“Rocking soul blues with a touch of country, gospel, roots & R&B, Texassippi Soul Man, Danny Brooks has what it takes to get you moving, whether you’re wearing cowboy boots or blue suede shoes”
Danny Brooks ‘Texassippi Soul Man’, now settled in Llano Texas has mixed the best of both Texas and Mississippi and calls it ‘Texassippi’. He grew up on Hank Williams, Solomon Burke, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker and the Allman Brothers, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Rev. Jumpin’ Jim Jericho. Older brother Greg’s recordings of Solomon Burke, Joe Tex, Bobby Blue Bland and Sam Cooke added to the blend.
Years ago I had the privilege of singing one night with Brownie McGhee (story on my website) and he told me “Son ‘fo a white boy, you sho’ ’nuff have a suntan on the inside”. Several years back after my 7th cd, Mitch Lopate introduced me to Johnny Sandlin, legendary Capricorn Records producer, who brought me down to Decatur Alabama to record ‘No Easy Way Out’ with the Muscle Shoals musicians…David Hood, Spooner Oldham, Scott Boyer, Kelvin Holly, Bill Stewart, Bonnie Bramlett, Kevin McKendree, James Pennebaker, The Muscle Shoals Horns and rounding it out with Carla Russell and Tina Swindell. It was a thrilling experience and a highlight in my career. It is especially sweet as I have been given a new lease on life and my music reflects the conflict/resolution of live liven hard and fast and been given another chance to make something of it.
Life is precious and we need to make the best of what we have left of it!
‘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.’
A good mix of rockin’ Soul Blues and Pop R&B/Soul Ballads, Brooks live shows rock and he pours everything into each gig; gig after gig! His motto is ‘Bring it or go home’.