Don Bryant - Don't Give Up On Love (Fat Possum)
Add Date: 05/09
Focus Track: 1, 7
Formats: College, Triple A, Americana
Artist Info: Memphis soul original and Hi Records hit man Don Bryant has announced his return to music with Don't Give Up On Love, set for release on May 12th via Fat Possum Records. Recorded in honor of his wife of 43 years, the soul legend Ann Peebles, the collection is Don's first release in decades.
On Don’t Give Up On Love, Don is joined by multiple generations of Memphis studio legends, including Hi Rhythm Section members Charles Hodges (organ), Archie “Hubbie” Turner (keyboard) and Howard Grimes (drums), Joe Restivo (guitar), and Scott Bomar (bass). Marc Franklin and Art Edmaiston, both of the Gregg Allman Band, contributed horns. The album was produced by Scott Bomar and Bruce Watson and tracked by Adam Hill at Bomar’s Electraphonic Recording studio in Memphis.
From the opening vamps of the classic “A Nickel And A Nail,” it’s evident that Don Bryant, at 74 years old, is in prime fighting shape and as versatile a performer as ever — sensual and expressive on “It Was Jealousy,” swaggering and suave on “One Ain’t Enough,” and swept up by the grandeur of the Almighty on “How Do I Get There?” These ten songs —including seven Bryant-penned originals — show a soul survivor in action, exhibiting the kind of sharp vocal acumen that can only be honed by years spent on the road and in the studio.