Danny Bryant: The “Blood Money” Interview

Danny Bryant is one of the most prolific artists in modern day blues rock. On January 29, Bryant is set to release Blood Money. Blues Rock Review caught up with Bryant to discuss the new album, collaborating with Walter Trout and Bernie Marsden, and more.

This album is your bluesiest effort in a while? How did you decide to go in that direction?

I think it was more about the songs that I had written. When I started to pull the songs together for Blood Money, they came out a lot more organically and it became apparent very early on in the process that this batch of tunes would lend themselves much more to a bluesy approach compared to previous albums. I have always wanted to make a Blues album really paying homage to my influences and wearing those influences on my sleeve with pride. Blood Money felt like the right time and place to make that happen.

Walter Trout has been a big influence on you. What was it like to have him guest on the title track?

It was a very special moment! A year and half ago nobody even knew if Walter would be alive now, let alone in great shape and making some of the best music of his career. It felt so right to have Walter playing on the title track. It is one of the high points in my career so far.

What’s the inspiration behind the track, Blood Money?

I wrote that song all along as a duet for Walter and I to someday perform together. I guess musically it very much pays tribute to Walter’s particular style of Blues, that’s a deliberate homage on my part. Lyrically the song is about trust and betrayal, it’s an angry song and I think you can hear that in the way that Walter and I approach it from a performance point of view, we are pissed off and angry on that song!

Bernie Marsden is also featured on the album. How did his appearance come about?

I have been a fan of Bernie’s music for as long as I can remember. He made an album sometime ago called, Green And Blues, that was a big album for me, a huge influence. I became acquainted with Bernie on a personal level a couple of years ago and since that time our paths have crossed at various festivals. Bernie is a lovely warm guy and it
was a dream of mine to record with him. I just decided to take the plunge and email him on the off chance. I asked him to play on “Just Won’t Burn” and I am honoured that he agreed. I think his playing is stunning!

Danny Bryant (Photo: John Bull)
Danny Bryant (Photo: John Bull)

Is there a track from the new album that you’re particularly proud of?

The tracks with Walter and Bernie mean a great deal to me for obvious reasons. I am also very fond of the song “Slow Suicide,” lyrically I am very proud of that one. I wanted to put into words the notion of life and death and the experience of watching someone you love die. That’s a hard concept to portray in a five-minute song, a difficult subject matter to make accessible and at the same time still get the message across. I am proud of how it came out both musically and lyrically. It is a high point of the album for me.

You’ve been releasing albums nearly every year for the past decade, yet, your albums consist mostly of original material. How do you continue to find inspiration and with how frequently you tour do you find it hard to write new material on the road?

Honestly I write music to please myself, and then hope and pray that other people will find something that they like in it. I have to approach it that way. That’s what keeps things fresh for me. I love to tour and I love to take new songs out on the road. One of the reasons I record so regularly is bringing new songs to life on the road makes touring so much more enjoyable and fulfilling! I love the challenge that comes with taking a new record out on the road.

Interview by Pete Francis

Photos: John Bull

Danny Bryant’s new album “Blood Money”, featuring special guests Walter Trout and Bernie Marsden, is released by Jazzhaus Records on 29th January.

Danny embarks on a UK tour 10th February.  www.dannybryant.com.

Danny Bryant – “Blood Money” February 2016 UK Tour

The Robin 2, Bilston
Wednesday 10th February
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: 01902 401211
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Venue: www.therobin.co.uk
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1GDhpa5
20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ

Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth

Thursday 11th February

Tickets: £14 / Box Office: 01900 826 448

Book Online: www.toptablepromotions.co.uk/tickets

The Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9PJ


The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Friday 12 February
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: 084444 77 1000
Doors: 7:15pm / Stage: 8:00pm
Venue: www.thevoodoorooms.com
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1GDhURz
19a West Register Street, Edinburgh, Lothians, EH2 2AA

The Meeting Room, Elland
Saturday 13 February
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 / Box Office: 01422 370 333
Doors: 7:15pm / Stage: 8:00pm

Venue: www.themeetingroomelland.co.uk

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2079GYv

Marshall Hall Mills, Elland Lane, Westbury St, Elland, HX5 9DU

The Engine Shed, Lincoln
Sunday 14 February
Tickets: £11.00/£13.00 / Box Office: 01472 349222
Doors: 7:00pm / Stage: 7:45pm
Venue: www.engineshed.co.uk
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1PPIkl2

University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS

The Leopard, Doncaster
Thursday 18 February
Tickets: £11.00/£13.00 / Box Office: 01472 349 222
Doors: 7:00pm / Stage: 7:45pm
Venue: www.leopard-doncaster.co.uk
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1R8QqUs

2 West Street, Doncaster, DN1 3AA

The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Thursday 19 February
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 / Box Office: 0845 413 4444
Doors: 7:00pm / Stage: 7:30pm
Venue: www.rescuerooms.com
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1MeOO7g
25 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5LB

Raven Hall, Corby
Friday 20th February
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 / Box Office: 01536 202313
Doors: 7:00pm / Stage: 7:45pm
Venue: www.cornmarketblues.co.uk
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1P0UQh1
63 Rockingham Rd, Corby NN17 1AG

Tithe Barn, Bishop’s Cleeve
Sunday 21st February
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: 0333 666 3366

Doors: 7:45pm / Stage: 8pm
Venue: www.cleeveconcerts.com
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1R8RlnS

Cheltenham Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 8LU

Public Halls, Harpenden
Thursday 25th February
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 / Box Office: 01472 349222
Doors: 7:45pm / Stage: 8pm
Venue: www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

Tickets: http://bit.ly/1WdwZR9

Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1PD, United Kingdom

Old Clee Club, Grimsby
Friday 26th February

Tickets: £11.00/£13.00 / Box Office: 01472 349222
Doors: 7:45pm / Stage: 8pm

Tickets: http://bit.ly/1WdKCu3

Clee Crescent, Grimsby, South Humberside, DN32 8LS

The Waterfront, Norwich
Saturday 27th February
Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 / Box Office: 01603 508050
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1PNWzIb

139-141 King St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QH

Leo’s, Gravesend
Sunday 28th February

Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 / Box Office: 01474 566127
Doors: 7:00pm Stage: 8:00pm

Tickets: http://bit.ly/1NvRbGc

Crete Hall Rd, Gravesend DA11 9AA, United Kingdom

The Old Fire Station, Carlisle
Thursday 22nd September
Tickets: £14.00/£16.00 / Box Office: 0844 844 2920
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Venue: http://oldfirestation.carlisle.city/
Tickets: http://bit.ly/1P0TZNh
The Old Fire Station, Warwick Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8QW

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete founded Blues Rock Review in 2010 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

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