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No Easy Way Out

by Danny Brooks

Southern Soul Blues, Gospel Blues, Dancing Blues --
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ain't That The Truth
3:48 $0.99
2. All God's Children
4:30 $0.99
3. No Easy Way Out
4:51 $0.99
4. Keys To My Heart
3:31 $0.99
5. Bama Bound
2:57 $0.99
6. Miracles For Breakfast
3:27 $0.99
7. Lonesome Road
5:00 $0.99
8. Where Sinners And Saints Collide
4:17 $0.99
9. Memphis, Tennessee
3:30 $0.99
10. I Believe In Love
3:29 $0.99
11. Carry Me Jesus
3:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Danny Brooks - In his first Rockin' Camel Music release, No Easy Way Out, Danny Brooks takes the listener on a musical ride through the pages of his own life. From a father who told him music was evil down a path of self-destruction, the emotion in Danny's songs tells the story of a man who has been to the bottom and found his way back up.

And Danny Brooks has a story to tell! His soon to be released book "Miracles for Breakfast" is a no holds barred look at a lifetime of hard knocks and bad choices with a happy ending.

Although Brooks is from Canada, he's got Delta blood flowing through his veins and, with a voice dripping with passion and Southern soul, Danny's singing is reminiscent of Eddie Hiinton, Soloman Burke and Howlin' Wolf rolled into one. It doesn't get any better than that. You won't want to miss this one!!



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Claude Hill

Great Record!
'Not since the pinnacle of Capricorn Records and Muscle Shoals Sound has a truly great Southern Blues Record of this caliber been created. The Songs are incredible and inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Players are Legendary. The production flawless and inspired. Danny, Johnny, Anne and all the Players are to be congratulated. The message is there and it’s a Classic Southern Music Experience. This one is a keeper!'
- Claude Hill/ Cane Ridge Group / Management. Marketing, Music and Artists- Nashville TN

Tim Gonsalves

Sounds good to me
Good Christian blues.

John Valentyne

Maple Blues Review
MAPLE BLUES: Danny Brooks: No Easy Way Out (Rockin' Camel Records)
For a man whose passion has been the music of the American South, recording there with this crew must have been a dream come true. Some names you may be familiar with are David Hood on bass, Bonnie Bramlett on backup vocals and Spooner Oldham the keyboard player and contributing writer to many of the songs we remember. But the main name here is Johnny Sandlin, the producer and at whose Duck Tape Studios in Alabama the sessions took place.

Those of you familiar with Danny's last two albums will know what to expect here, with catchy new songs firmly in that southern tradition. Having said that, the opening song is a heartfelt paean to all the fine music he's seen and heard here in Toronto, from the Colonial days to the present. If I were to choose a single from the album it would be "Bama Bound", an anthemic rocker that would make Springsteen proud. The title track is a solid blues, extolling the virtues of hard work over easy expectations. A fine new song that captures how he sees his faith is called "Where Sinners and Saints Collide", the idea for which came to him at the Blind Boys of Alabama/Susan Tedeschi show at Massey Hall recently.

"All God's Children" takes its cue from the Percy Sledge songbook, about a waitress who was probably not as happy as she seemed. "Lonesome Road", with its bluesy title and instrumentation, builds to the gospel intensity that a couple of the others songs have as well, "Miracles for Breakfast" and "Carry Me Jesus". There really aren't any weak songs here and you'll be humming a couple of them long after, as I was. The playing is stellar, with drummer Billy Stewart deserving special mention. There are far too many players here to credit them all but Danny's raspy vocals, guitar and harp are front and center, as they must be and deserve to be. Rockin' Camel is a new US company that has been advertising this album and a number of others in the blues press all summer. I hope his new availability will be a huge career jump. The music here is certainly worth it.- by John Valentyne /Maple Blues

David Barnard

Finally Home
Danny Brooks
No Easy Way Out
By David Barnard

With this CD, Canada’s Danny Brooks is finally home. After releasing a series of soul-based, gospel-infused, blues-informed CDs, the last two produced by the late Richard Bell, he headed to Decatur, Alabama, recording at the invitation of legendary producer Johnny Sandlin. Joining Brooks for the session is a who’s who of Muscle Shoals era musicians, including David Hood, Spooner Oldham, Bill Stewart and Scott Boyer, along with vocalist Bonnie Bramlett. It’s easy to understand Sandlin choosing Brooks to record for his newly formed Rockin’ Camel Records. Brooks is the possessor of a powerful voice, one that’s been described as “reminiscent of Eddie Hinton, Solomon Burke and Howlin’ Wolf rolled into one,” and that’s no exaggeration. Brooks writes songs rooted in classic themes of love, life and the possibility of redemption, many of them based on the tough personal journey he’s experienced during nearly 30 years in the music business. No Easy Way Out is a superb Southern music recording, in the same league as recent CDs by Mavis Staples or Otis Clay. Highlights include the brooding title track and the joyous “Miracles for Breakfast.” The backing players provide Brooks with the ideal setting. When they step into the limelight, such as Oldham’s subtle Wurlitzer solo melding beautifully with James Pennebaker’s pedal steel during heartfelt ballad “Keys To My Heart,” it makes for a sublime listening

Kerry Doole

Exclaim Magazine
Danny Brooks
No Easy Way Out
By Kerry Doole

It’s always pleasing to see the persistence of a music veteran get rewarded. Toronto-raised and Guelph-based blues/soul/gospel troubadour Brooks certainly fits that category. He made a bit of a splash in the ’80s then struggled with both career setbacks and personal demons (including a junk habit and a jail stint for robbery). After cleaning up his act and finding a deep faith, he has re-emerged in compelling fashion. No Easy Way Out is his strongest work yet, one that is deeply autobiographical. “Ain’t That The Truth” and “Memphis, Tennessee” trace his love affair with the blues, the former name-checking all the greats he saw as a youth in Toronto. “Keys To My Heart” is a moving ballad addressed to his estranged daughter, while “Miracles For Breakfast” and “Lonesome Road” explore his faith. Brooks’ well-worn, slightly gruff voice is perfect for his gritty material, and the production and musicianship are simply top-notch. That’s not surprising when you see credits that include Muscle Shoals greats David Hood, Barry Beckett, Roger Hawkins and Spooner Oldham, backing vocalist Bonnie Bramlett (who joins Danny on a killer duet for the title track) and producer Johnny Sandlin. The disc was recorded in Sandlin’s Alabama studio (Duck Tape Music) and the setting clearly inspired Brooks. It’s hard to imagine a better Canadian blues album coming out this year.(Rockin’ Camel)

Mike Little

Beach Music 45/Have You Heard
We first heard from Danny Brooks when he broke into the Beach Music market with his gospel recording, Other Side Of The Cloud from his Soulsville release. He planted his foot solid when his next single, Hold On, from his album Rock This House, received heavy play. Well, Danny is back with what may be his greatest hit to date. The song, Ain’t That The Truth, can be found on his newest release, No Easy Way Out, from Rockin’ Camel Music. After hearing this song, you would never believe that Danny Brooks is a white boy from Canada. Here’s what some are saying about the song and the CD. “The most soulful recordings he has produced.” “This is incredible stuff.” “The song has hit written all over it.” “The people are going to eat this song up.” “I really do love this song.” “You nailed the groove for the shag dancers perfectly.” You can’t go wrong with this song. In addition, Bama Bound is a song that should not be overlooked. This song, too, should bring them out on the hardwoods.

Tina Swindell

Love it!
I had a miracle for breakfast a few mornings ago. I had this CD rolling around in my purse that I kept meaning to really listen to. I popped it in on the way to work and got deep down into those words...really listening. The ones that stuck in my mind and I keep humming to myself are "Where the Sinners and the Saints Collide", "I Believe In Love", and "Miracles for Breakfast". Congratulations on your project and thanks for the opportunity to sing on a few songs! Looking forward to the book!

MSP/Cashbox Magazine

Ain't That The Truth
BLUES (SINGLE) Reviewed 10-02-07
Danny Brooks
Ain't That The Truth

This is what blues music has always been and is as good as it gets. This single represents and tributes other great artists of the blues genre such as: Muddy Waters, Ry Cooder and John Lee Hooker. Danny Brooks is a consummate professional who truly believes the least he can do for his audience is to give his best. And it shows! This song could have been played in the Blues Brothers Movie and felt totally at home in the presence of Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. The song has such an infectious sense of rhythm that there is no way to not want to tap your foot clap your hands and jump up and testify, screamin’ “Hallelujah, I has been healed”.

The downside of this CD is that it is only a SINGLE and it leaves you wanting so much more. Danny Brooks is the main man for blues.


Peter Dean

Rhythm & Blues Primer/U.K.
CD - Danny Brooks: No Easy Way Out
By theprimer on December 16, 2007 3:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

This is going to sound horribly like a broken record (no pun intended) but here we go again - another solid slice of southern R&B from a very fine singer / songwriter that is yet again in great danger of being unjustly overlooked by the UK record buying public. Not that it's entirely their fault - as far as I can tell, there is no UK distribution for this latest release from Danny and so if you want to get hold of a copy, your best bet is to pick it up from his own website.

His last release ("Rock This House") was an excellent record, again undermined in the UK by a lack of a distribution deal. This one is even better - recorded in Nashville, produced by Johnny Sandlin with contributions from some of the Muscle Shoals elite, including David Hood, Spooner Oldham, Kelvin Holly, Scott Boyer and Bonnie Bramlett, it's another very fine slice of Southern R&B, blues, country and gospel.

What makes this release a worthy successor to its predecessor is that, if anything, the songwriting is even better. Opening with 'Ain't That The Truth', a tribute to Danny's many heroes that he managed to see live as a kid in downtown Toronto, the album achieves a fine balance in terms of both tempo and mood. Any number of the ballads are worth highlighting and the Shades favourites include 'All God's Children', 'Miracles For Breakfast' and the title track, which features guest vocalist Bonnie Bramlett. Up-tempo standouts include the opener and 'Bama Bound' (a heartfelt tribute to the American South),

What hold all of this together of course is that trademark Brooks vocal - gruff, gritty and sincere, it drags you into the music and holds you in its emotional grip from start to finish. It has been said that maybe it's a voice that needs to ease down, smooth out a little, to generate genuine commercial appeal - there might be some truth in this view, except of course that would completely miss the point of what makes Danny's music so compelling.

His best yet - fresh and vibrant but never straying from his musical heritage. Roots music that pays tribute to the past without simply recreating it.

Until or unless you find this on UK distribution, you can get it by clicking on the "Buy Now" link under the CD image - it will definitely be worth the effort.

Colleen Nolan

All songs
I knew not of Danny Brooks. I was watching Nite Lite Live last week and you were a guest. You touched my heart and soul. No doubt Jesus is carrying you and I so would like to be present at your upcoming performance just to be in the same room with your powerful spirit. God willing I can get my brother from Montreal who is so wounded and broken to come to your performance Feb. 24 and soak in your music so that your message can hopefully touch him.

Plese let me know details for that concert and how I obtain tickets.

May you stay in the Light.

Colleen email: colleenhoney@hotmail.com