Danny Lynn Wilson review…February 2, 2019….

DANNY LYNN WILSON

PEACE OF MIND

SWINGNATION RECORDS  SNCD  388015

WHEN WILL THE LOVING START–SYMPATHY FOR YOUR MAN–PEACE OF MIND–LONG WAY HOME–LOVE ONLY YOU–MIDDLE CLASS BLUES–SHINE IS OFF–ARKANSAS TROTTER–HIGH WATER–NO WALLS–FUSS ‘N FIGHT–TOO MANY HOUNDS–GALWAY BAY

The latest set from Danny Lynn Wilson finds him crafting an album of thirteen originals that embody his credo that life is worth the struggle, and all its ups and downs do make us better and stronger.  The album is called “Peace Of Mind,” an excellent title given the overall content and theme of the material.  The extra added attraction is the production expertise of Dave Gross, who adds guitars and keys throughout, and vocals on one cut.

Danny begs a petulant lover to “walk a mile in my shoes” and “Have A Little Sympathy for your man,” who’s “doin’ the best I can,” set over a twang-filled arrangement and lap steel from Sean Daly.  Dave adds a vintage air to the title cut with haunting banjo, along with fiddle from Charles Burnham.  “Middle Class Blues” takes a look at the socioeconomic woes plaguing the working man, “while we bring home half our pay,” and the rest goes to the powers behind “all the lies that you sold us.”

We had two favorites, too.  Danny has some fun with the light-hearted tale of that good-time girl we wish we all had, “the kind of girl who don’t wanna Fuss ‘N Fight,” with sprightly mandolin from Dave.  “Too Many Hounds” is the set’s bluesiest cut, set over a rhumba-fied beat, complete with images of “all them howling about someone else’s yesterday,” featuring Doug James on sax.

One of the main things Danny Lynn Wilson wanted to get across with “Peace Of Mind” was that “life is for living, and love is for giving,” and, conversely, “forgiving,” and everything else flows from there.  This set proves that happiness can be found, even in the most difficult of circumstances, if one looks long enough.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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