Danny Bryant – Blood Money
The continuing adventures of Bryant’s broader blues approach
In retrospect, Danny Bryant’s 2012 live album Night Life drew a line under the first decade of his career, and the three albums he has made with producer Richard Hammerton since then, including this latest, have been something of an experiment in how to present his brand of blues.
Their relationship is intriguing: Hammerton isn’t a bluesman, and production doesn’t feature at the top of his CV either. But he’s a music man through and through, a veteran of the Norwich scene, and he has a lively, inquiring mind. This is probably what appeals to Bryant, who doesn’t need to be challenged on the blues but is open to suggestions on how to portray himself in the studio. The result of their invigorating partnership has been to broaden Bryant’s songs, although his hardcore playing style remains central.