This review was first published on the Indie Voice blog on September 19, 2015.
Long time alt-country superstar Danny Click has returned with a new album, Holding up the Sun, which was released on September 18, 2015. If you are a fan of blues-driven country rock artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Stevie Ray Vaughan or vintage rock acts like Creedence Clearwater Revival ("CCR"), then Click's new album is a must.
For many years Click was Austin's best kept secret, playing in the background and earning the respect of many of alt-country's biggest superstars. All that changed in April 2011, when Click released his album Life is a Good Place, which propelled him into the national spotlight and garnered him the recognition he so richly deserved. The album spent more than 12 months on the charts and spawned two singles, “Wait My Turn,” which reached #1 on Nashville’s Indie World Country Chart, and “I Feel Good Today,” which topped out at #14 on the New Music Weekly national Country chart along side such greats as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.
Click's new album, Holding up the Sun, reinforces the fact that Click is one of the best alt-country artists of this century.
"Broken," the first track on the disk, pays homage to CCR and sets the tone for the rest of the album. From the first notes of guitar, to the Bruce Hornsby-like piano to his John Foggerty-esque voice, Click's first track brings the promise of greatness that infuses this new album with a breath of fresh air that is so needed on alt-country radio today.
The trend continues with the second track, "When You Cry," which also brings forth those amazing lyrics that Click has become known for, and reminds this reviewer of another legend, Dwight Yokum.
Track three, "Eva Jane," with its exquisite acoustic guitar background, is a haunting song with a sound similar to Tom Petty's "Last Dance with Mary Jane." Its wailing guitar riffs and those background vocals make this one of the most memorable tracks on the album.
I could go on and on about each and every track on this CD. Trust me when I say that every single one is amazing, making this album one of the absolute best of 2015. The title track, a beautiful ballad sung as a duet, especially demonstrates this fact, with lyrics you can sink your teeth into, two amazing voices and an acoustical soundtrack that while easy on the ears also gets the toes a-tapping.
Some of the credit for this amazing album definitely lies in its production by legendary producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, among others). Scott has created a tight sound that will stay with you long after the last notes of "After All," the final track on the album, have ended.
Click, now a resident of the San Francisco Bay area, has built a large and passionate fan base that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams. With his band, The Hell Yeahs, Click has played more than 200 sold out shows over the past two years, including opening slots for such legends as Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Sonny Landreth and JJ Cale.
In 2014, Click became a regular guest at Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh’s club, Terrapin Crossroads, which led to the recording of Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! - Captured LIVE.
Check out Holding Up the Sun - I guarantee it will make you a fan. And also check out his website and Facebook pages, as well as follow him on Twitter to learn more about this amazing talent. You should also check out his video for "Baptize me Over Elvis Presley's Grave" on YouTube.
Thanks to Jen Lyneis of Ue3 Promotions for the background information.