Review: Danny Bryant & Eric Gales
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham March 29th, 2020
Reviewer: Dan Mann
It feels so good to be experiencing live music, that all enveloping feeling that only a live gig can provide. Last night’s venue, the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham initially looked fairly empty, I put that down to the 7pm kick off time for support Danny Bryant. However by the time Danny hit the stage the venue was full of eager music fans.
I’ve been a fan of Danny Bryant‘s music going back to the Red Eye Band days with Danny’s much missed Dad Ken on bass duties and it having been a few years since seeing him, I was looking forward to finally hearing songs from last year’s ‘The Rage To Survive‘ album live.
Ever the entertainer with plenty of tongue in cheek comments throughout the set, Danny & Co certainly did the business, thoroughly ‘warming up’ the crowd for Eric Gales to follow. Danny announced the availability of new compilation ‘02:10 The Early Years‘ which is an ideal introduction for his new fans to his past material as well as his much fabled ‘Fitness Video’, which according to Danny is alas only available on Betamax! haha..
It was great as always to catch up with Danny after his set, a true gent as well as a fantastic guitarist!
What came next was a real tour de force as Eric Gales and his band hit the stage. With the visuals of bassist Smoke Face and his literal smoking face, plus the drums of Nick Hayes, drums/percussion of LaDonna Gales and keyboards, (whose player I’ve forgotten his name unfortunately), we were presented with a band tighter than a jam jar lid, hats off to the sound engineer for the excellent sound.
Having only seen Eric giving a small VIP performance and onstage with Supersonic Blues Machine at Ramblin’ Man, I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t expecting such an experience of raw emotion which really struck me. Eric Gales is a man who most certainly wears his heart on his sleeve, he is the ‘real deal’, a man bringing so much more than guitar playing to the table!
A crowd highlight was when LaDonna came from behind her kit to to join her husband front of stage to take over vocal duties for one song. Wow, what a voice and let’s hope that Eric is able to write the solo album for her that he said he wished to do. As he said, he is the man behind the woman, LaDonna helping him overcome his demons and addictions to the point that he’s now six years clean and sober.
Eric Gales lived up to my expectation and a whole lot more, speaking to fellow photographers who also hadn’t seen his solo performance before it was evident that I wasn’t the only one blown away by the whole experience. I cannot wait to see him again. Eric returns to the UK in June, details can be found here
A fantastic evening supplied by two acomplished blues rock guitarists that has helped more than a little to blow away those Covid blues!
Danny Bryant’s Set list for Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tired Of Trying
Eric Gales Set List for Nottingham Rescue Rooms
You Don’t Know The Blues
Thunder (The Storm)
Put It Back
Stand Up (BVs)
Take Me As I Am (BVs)
My Own Best Friend (Praise Worship)
Sea of Bad Blood (1 verse)
Too Close To The Fire
Photos ©Dan Mann / Rockposer Dot Com!