It was about a year ago that the NorthernBlues Gospel Allstars
was reviewed on these pages. That release made me aware of some fine voices in a part of the Gospel scene that I had never investigated. Some of those artists appear on this new CD by Danny Brooks. Danny Brooks and the Rockin’ Revelators
have been around for a while as a unit. Brooks himself, has been singing and playing for the better part of three decades. He’s paid his dues
over the years and is strongly committed to his calling. His vocal style is influenced by blues, gospel and soul entertainers including Jimmy Witherspoon, Bobby Blue Bland, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. Brooks appears regularly on the internationally aired 100 Huntley Street
television broadcasts on the Inspirational Life Network in the US.
A prolific and inspired writer, Danny Brooks penned all 13 songs on this release. His writing talent made itself apparent to me with his Righteous Highway
that appeared on the Saved
CD last year. Some equally impressive material shows up on this new Souled Out ‘n Sanctified
The Rockin’ Revelators
include fellow JUNO nominees, Hiram Joseph and the fabulous Levy Sisters, Amoy and Ciceal. The instrumentalists include veteran bluesmen Colin Linden, Michael Fonfara and Richard Bell. The album production is ably handled by keyboard genius Richard Bell. Bell has long been a favorite of mine and is known for his stellar work with The Band, King Biscuit Boy, John Sebastian, Ronnie Hawkins and Janis Joplin’s last band, Full Tilt Boogie
Danny Brooks has generously placed a number of full MP3’s on his site for your evaluation. Drop by and hear highlights from this CD and others including a great version of Statesboro Blues
recorded with guitarist Greg Martin. Souled Out ‘n Sanctified
is recommended listening for fans of gospel and blues.