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Blues guitarist's new album is a Revelation
Bluesman Danny Bryant will begin his 2018 UK tour at Robin 2 in Bilston on May 7. With support from one-man band Steve Hill, it promises to be a great night for guitar enthusiasts, especially as Danny will have new material to promote. His new studio album, Revelation, is released on April 20.

Danny Bryant, Revelation, Robin 2 Bilston, Blues Music, Steve Hill
Revelation: Danny Bryant (pic: Rob Blackham)

It is the Hertfordshire musician's fourth studio album to be produced by Richard Hammerton, following in the footsteps of 2015's Blood Money and 2014's Temperature Rising.
Revelation is one of Danny's most personal and emotional album of his career.

"When I began writing this album, I knew that it was going to be one of the toughest challenges of my career," he says. "It wasn't lack of material, it wasn't a lack of desire, but I realised from the beginning that, if this record was to achieve the things I wanted it to say, I would have to go deep inside of myself with these songs and confront memories and emotions I didn't really want to face.

"Most of all, I would have to be completely honest in my writing or it wouldn't work. The year preceding this album was, for personal reasons, the very hardest of my life. In the space of six months I lost one of my oldest and closest friends, and shortly thereafter my father passed away, after a long tough illness. Dad played bass in my band for many years and together we stood side by side playing over two thousand shows, we travelled the world together, he was my best friend and the bedrock of this family.

"I was struck with a deep depression and crippling anxiety and in times like this I have always found salvation within music. So these songs are dark in subject matter, they are about isolation, despair, and dark times. They question things that I previously had never considered.''

Danny Bryant, Revelation, Robin 2 Bilston, Blues Music, Steve Hill
Questions: Danny Bryant (pic: Rob Blackham)

The first single from the album is Sister Decline. Says Danny: ''I love the energy of this track and think this will become a live favourite. Lyrically, it is a song about temptation and addiction. I like the way the keys carry the verse and then you get the riff kick in. This is where Blues and Rock collide, it's like an old Blues shuffle meets contemporary rock.''

Danny continues: "Many of the songs on the album are upbeat in tempo and reveal a much more rocky influence to my music. They are heavy laden with guitar and deserve to be played loud! I am incredibly proud of the results because this collection of music is all the things that, for a long while, I couldn't articulate in everyday life. The long nights and the endless searching.

"Musically speaking, this album features my core band alongside the members of my full nine-piece Big Band, a project which I love touring with. It's great to hear the brass and keys on these songs, they add new and rich textures and I find myself feeling musically more refreshed, inspired and dedicated than I have for many years."

Danny always puts on a great show read my review of his 2014 Robin 2 gig here.

Danny Bryant, Revelation, Robin 2 Bilston, Blues Music, Steve Hill
On stage: Danny Bryant (pic: Laurence Harvey)

Danny Bryant's 2018 UK ad Irish tour dates:

May 7: Robin 2, Bilston;
May 8: Junction 2, Cambridge;
May 9: O2 Academy 2, Islington, London;
May 10: The Tunnels, Aberdeen;
May 11: The Flowerpot, Derby;
May 12: The Citadel, St Helens;
May 13: Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve;
June 7: The Waterfront, Norwich;
June 8: The Harlington, Fleet;
June 9: The Queens Hall, Narberth;
June 10: The Wharf, Tavistock;
June 12: Whelan's, Dublin;
June 13: The Empire, Belfast;
June 14: Oran Mor, Glasgow;
June 16: Blues Festival, Moon on the Water, Cleethorpes;
June 17: Blues Festival, Corn Exchange, Stamford.
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Why? New material from bluesman Danny Bryant
When: Touring from May 7, 2018
Phone: 01902 401211
Where: Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ
Cost: Advance: 15; On the door: 17
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