Barbecue and Bluegrass music are almost an obligatory thing in Texas. As such, many a barbecue joint and cafe throughout the state offer "live Bluegrass music" along with their generous steaming helpings of barbecued ribs, brisket and chicken. Singer/songwriter Danny Santos and his band members first met and decided to form a band in one of those establishments called Artz Rib House in beautiful South Austin in 1994-1995. Their latest CD entitled HOGTIED is an album that delves richly into the mandolin, banjo & guitar-driven realm of Bluegrass music. This latest Brambus Records release was mostly co-produced alongside Danny by good friend, Eddie Collins, a well known and respected Texas Bluegrass musician & music instructor. This new album has several new tunes co-written by Danny and his songwriting partner of many years, Steve Brooks. The title track, "Hogtied", is a song that was written quickly by Danny and Steve after a telephone conversation with a friend describing being left behind by a fickle lover. "Billy The Kid Died For Love" is another Santos/Brooks collaboration that is loosely centered around the historic Wild West figure of Billy The Kid. The premise being that Billy was on his way to visit his love interest when he was waylaid by a New Mexico lawman who ended his young life. Yet another Santos/Brooks tune is "Any Kind of Love", a song that lauds all the multi-faceted forms of love and being grateful for any and all of them. There are also four songwriting contributions by members of Los Bluegrass Vatos. The band's mandolinist, Wes Green, wrote a lovely mid tempo instrumental called "Snake Eyes", featuring mandolin and banjo. Also, co-producer and fellow Bluegrass Vato & banjo picker, Eddie Collins, has three offerings with an additional two instrumentals called "Hobos Hubub" and "The Night Watchman", and also a beautiful ballad featuring only vocal and banjo, named "Lazy Creek". Additionally, there is a re-mix and remastered version of an older Danny-penned tune called "Suburbia Blues". And if that weren't enough, there's a classic, smoking version of "Rider" done by Danny and the band. The album is rounded out and interspersed with some older classics, such as "Josephine", "Hungry For Love", "Tellin' Me Things I Need Her To", "Before You Turn Around and Go" and "Sittin' On Top Of The World". Danny never disappoints and this latest release is further proof of that! We are proud to offer this fine recording on MyTexasMusic. Enjoy!
The following is a review by MTM co-founder Lucky Boyd...
Another talented conspirator from the Austin Conspiracy of Songwriters has joined the MTM ranks. Danny Santos is the eighth conspirator to join and is a continuation of the long line of great songwriters to emerge from that group. Santos has been compared to Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, but the comparisons, while flattering, do not begin to delve into the true talents of this Texan. The man behind the music is as interesting as the music itself, carving his own path through the Texas festival and venue scene. Highly respected and an integral part of the careers of other great performers, Danny Santos finds time to nurture the careers of other conspirators while making no attempt to conceal his own successful music career aspirations. The writing and the performances are solid, confident and first-rate. Santos can capture listeners with his smooth comfortable lyric delivery, and can incite frenzy with his occasional growl that tends to have a riotous effect in the concert-going crowd. Danny Santos is a true Texas songwriter, penning an array of songs that address nature, love, loss, and awakening. Become the next Danny Santos fan – get the disc today for only $13.99!
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