Cities In Blue

   
   

1. Houston To L.A. 2. Belt Line Blues 3. Once I Was Crazy 4. Kansas City Shout
5. Memphis Got Soul 6. Heading Down To New Orleans 7. Blues Came To Chicago
8. Going Down The Road 9. Hey, New York Town! 10. Land Where Blues Began
11. Lights Out (Bonus Track)

 

 

A Friend In The Blues

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Review of "A Friend in the Blues" in New Canadian Music

1. Caretaker 2. Blues For Lonnie Johnson 3. Blues Party Tonight 4. Uncle John
5. Back To The Blues 6. Two Brothers 7. A Friend In The Blues 8. The Other Side
9. That Lonesome Valley 10. Blues Of The Future 11. Mixed Up Girl 12. Maybe Tomorrow

More Video - Blues Party Tonight, Blues Of The Future, Blues For Lonnie Johnson

 


 

Big Town Boy

Big Town Boy is a party record plain and simple. Most of these golden tracks are hits from Toronto's past. Many of ‘em are tunes we used to play back in the day! It’s fun to revisit these classics and put a new spin on them. Alec Fraser, Leon Stevenson and I had a ball arranging and laying these tracks down. Colleen Allen, Lou Pomanti and Chase Sanborn sweetened them with great care and craft”. DannyM.

1. Tiger | 2. Charlena | 3. Big Town Boy | 4. It Was I 5. Love-itis | 6. Take Me Back
7. I Only Want To Be With You | 8. Each and Every Day | 9. Any Other Way | 10. Keep On Running
11. Mary Lou | 12. If You Don't Want My Love | 13. Nothin' | 14. You, Me and Mexico

 

More Video - Mary Lou Live

 


Guitarchaeology

The making of Guitarchaeology was a labour of love. The all instrumental album moves easily from song to song in a variety of styles all featuring Danny's unique guitar sounds.

With the help of multi talented producer Ken Whiteley, basic tracks recorded in Danny's home studio were mastered and digitized in stereo, and packaged in living colour by Fireworks.

Thanks to a generous grant from FACTOR, what started out as a basement dream, is now sure to find a ready audience world wide.

There's a world beat quality to much of the music here. El Kabong! combines elements of tango and calypso with reverb drenched surf guitar. Toasted Danish is a salute to famous Scandinavian six-stringer Jorgen Ingman, offset with a twangy jaw harp, a harmonica and a very Ringo back beat.

Long Way Home sounds like Eric Clapton meets Duane Eddy somewhere between Memphis and Nashville. Bonita has a salsa feel and some fleet nylon string, short, and very radio-friendly.

Wave breaker comes on like a like a motorcycle race on a 1955 Gretsch guitar, Lights Out is a streamy minor key blues rhumba for the after hours. You may recognize it as the closing theme to bluz.fm.

Guitarchaeology takes a world view in rather archaic fashion, from a Canadian's point of view, great retro sounds with modern grooves.

1. El Kabong | 2. Toasted Danish | 3. Long Way Home | 4. Bonita | 5. Wave Breaker
6. Lights Out | 7. The Early Bird | 8. Bon Bon | 9. Guitarchaeology | 10. Spy Guitar | 11. RL-201
12. Elevators Away | 13. Farewell San Miguel | 14. Hula Blues

Lights Out Video

More Video - Long Way Home, Farewell San Miguel


A Side Of Danny Marks

Have you heard Johnny Cash sing Led Zeppelin? Leonard Cohen’s Rockabilly, or Elvis crooning Jimi? It's all on A Side of Danny Marks.

1. Johnny Cash Does Led Zeppelin / 2. Dylan Meets the Monkees
3. The House in New Orleans | 4. Jewish Blues Guys | 5. Newfie Reggae
6. Elvis / Jimi | 7. Wave Breaker | 8. Tiny Tim Interview

 


True

OUT OF PRINT

"True" sees Danny showing off his skills as a songwriter and vocalist, and true to his nature, his chameleon-like ability to move between styles in an effortless and uncanny way. Bookended by two fairly straightforward radio-friendly tunes, "What I'd Do?" and "Good To Go," it's in-between where the album gets really interesting. There's the rockabilly bop of the Buddy Hollyish "Waited So Long," the classic 60's country feel of "Lost Highway," and the unmistakeable fingerprint of vintage Johnny Cash on the title song, "True." There's blues - "Thankyou For Giving Me The Blues" and the Clapton-styled "Don't Know Why," and R&B - "Tell It To Me Straight." "Phone Message" is a catchy jazz-rock instrumental built around an actual phone message left by a female fan, and on the unadorned "Cracked Up Girl" Danny recalls a relationship with an addicted girlfriend, while "Bicycle Boy" sees him looking at his own personal demons. "Call Me George" is the album's most lighthearted track, a clever send-up of every country cliche ever written.

This is easily the most eclectic record I've heard this year, and definitely one of the most honest.

Review by Marty Murray for The NAIL

1. What I'd Do | 2. Thank You for Giving Me the Blues | 3. Waited So Long | 4. True
5. Lost Highway | 6. Don't Know Why
| 7. Phone message | 8. Cracked Up Girl | 9. Bicycle Boy
10, Tell It to Me Straight | 11. High and Dry | 12. Call me George | 13. Good to Go


Surfin' Safari

OUT OF PRINT

1. Pipeline | Surf Rider | Out of Limits | 2. Surfin' Safari | California Sun | Surfin' USA
Summertime Blues | 3. Fun, Fun, Fun | Help Me Rhonda | 4. Penetration | Surfer Girl
Wipeout | Wouldn't It Be Nice | Miserlou | I Get Around

Video - Wouldn't It Be Nice, Califonia Sun, Summertime Blues


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