Album review: THE DANBERRYS – Shine


Singular Recordings [Release date 08.05.20]

The third album from Americana husband and wife duo The Danberrys (Dorothy Daniel and Ben DeBerry) is something of a ‘game changer’.

While their previous two outings – The Danberrys (2013), and Give And Receive (2016) – were distinctly acoustic, bluegrass flavoured affairs, Shine sees them push their boat out into deeper waters to spectacular effect, capturing elements of rock, blues and soul.

Opening with some tasteful blues guitar, and a gentle ‘stomp’ rhythm, the vocal melodies adding a Neil Young ‘Ohio’ groove to proceedings, the title track sets the tone – in quality terms – for much of what follows.

Daniel’s honeyed, emotive, and often haunting vocals, are at the centre of everything that is good about Shine.  With its wistful blues guitar lines and subtle gentle retro ‘twang’, the haunting ‘Never Gone’, is an instant ‘classic’, Darrel Scott lends some excellent harmony vocals to the album’s first single ‘The Mountain’, and ‘Maddie’s Ghost’ has a driving Mark Knopfler groove, while the delicate duet closer – ‘Rain’  – neatly doffs a cap to the duo’s finger picking acoustic roots.

There’s some great song writing, playing and vocals on display here.  So if Americana is of interest to you, do yourself a favour and investigate the Danberrys. ***1/2

Review by Pete Whalley

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