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Texassissippi Soul Man Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi set to play a variety of music this weekend

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Texassissippi soul man Danny Brooks and Lil’ Miss Debi (Middlebrook Brooks) are excited to play Lethbridge for the first time at the Slice, Saturday, May 6.Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi play Lethbridge this weekend. Photo submitted

 The Toronto born duo have been living in Llano,  Texas, west of Austin for the past seven years, taking in a whole lot of great music and experienceing some amazing stories.

“We love it here. We live in Texas in the middle of nowhere in hill country but it is so beautiful,” said Brooks calling immediately after receiving an e-mail  while driving Highway 94 en route to a show in North Dakota.
 Brooks is an interesting character. He is a blues and soul musician and inspirational author and even spent time in prison for committing a break and enter  as a result of a serious a substance addiction, which he managed to conquer.

He has released seven Cds including “The World Is Not Your Friend,” which was released in 2015 and showcases their current stripped down show of Brooks on guitar and harp and his wife Debi on suitcase, cymbal and cajon, box drum.

“We make a lot of noise for a duo,” he said.

They are in the midst of working on the followup with Grammy award winning engineer Claude Hill in his rural Tennessee studio.

“ We’ve recorded 16 songs for it, but there is still a lot of work to do on them before we put it out,” he said.
They don’t get up to Canada very often, but they enjoy it.

“ We like Alberta because it reminds us of Texas,“ he said.
Brooks listens to an array of music which he blends into his unique sound.

“ I listened to Bobby Blue Bland, and Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters and Otis Redding and I also listen to a lot of Southern soul,” he said.

“ I remember when I was recording with (bluesman)  Jon Dickerson at 315 Beale Street in Memphis. He asked me if I had seen the Mississippi River. I told him I had driven by it. He told me togo back and stand on the banks and listen to her. So I did. and came back and he saw it in my  eyes. He said you listened to her didn’t you? I said not only that it opened my eyes,” Brooks related.
He also plays  in a lot of prisons.

“ I’ve performed at Angola and Ferndale in Mississippi and in Ocala.Even if it’s not their style of music, it gives them something to look forward to when they know and band is coming to play,” he said.
The Texassissippi Soul Man Danny Brooks and Lil Miss Debi play the Slice, Saturday, May 6.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 May 2017 11:47 )  
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