Dani Wilde review…July 16, 2017….

DANI WILDE

LIVE AT BRIGHTON ROAD

CD/DVD VIZZTONE  VT-DWCD 2016

ACOUSTIC SESSION: BUMBLE BEE–MY OLD MAN–GLORIOUS DAY–THE LIVING YEARS–ELECTRICITY

ELECTRIC SESSION: DEEPER THAN BLACK–HOUND DOG–HIGH ON YOUR LOVE–DON’T QUIT ME BABY–REFUGEE

We have been fans of British blueswoman Dani Wilde since she burst on the contemporary scene back in 2007, becoming one of the brightest young stars in the stable of artists with Ruf Records.  Now a part of the Vizztone Label Group, Dani has just released a CD/DVD combo that shows both her acoustic side as well as her ‘lectric side, and is entitled “Live At Brighton Road.”  The set was recorded at that studio,  with her brother Will on harp, while her touring band accompanies her on the electric cuts.

She kicks off the acoustic session with one of Memphis Minnie’s best, the slyly-sexy story of that lover with that “great big stinger,” “Bumble Bee.”  The poignant “My Old Man” is a personal song for Dani, as it deals with her grandfather and his penchant for smoking, but shows his good qualities as well, while the set closes with an ode to the feelings for a lover, as Dani ;likens them to “Electricity surging right thru me!”

The electric side is a bit more playful in nature.  That set kicks off with “Deeper Than Black,” where Dani urges a lover to “feel your way” to her desires!  She knocks Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog” clean outta the park, and it features cool piano from Gregory Coulson.  Coulson strikes again in the rollicking romp of the Little Richard-flavored, stop-time boogie of “High On Your Love.”  This portion closes on a rather somber note, as Dani addresses the plight of those displaced throughout the world, pondering in “Refugee,” if “there is a place for me.”

The accompanying DVD has video footage in-studio of all ten performances, as well as a  fifteen-minute interview with Dani consisting of nine questions dealing with her choices of material, her philanthropic work with the children of Kenya, her ability to flourish in a male-dominated industry, and her refusal to be pigeon-holed as strictly an acoustic or electric artist.  She cites two of her heroes, Bob Dylan and John Lee Hooker, both of whom played acoustic and electric music, as her reasoning for the split of the ten cuts herein.  Fans, no matter what your preference, you can’t go wrong with Dani Wilde and “Live At Brighton Road!”    Until next time…..Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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