Don Bryant (from the album Don’t Give Up on Love on Fat Possum Records)
Don Bryant and Ann Peebles have enjoyed a forty-three year marriage. After being teamed together in 1970 through Hi Records the couple penned hits such as “I Can’t Stand the Rain”, marrying in 1974, and touring together for decades until Ann retired from touring in 2010. After being on the road for years, Don Bryant found himself at home. He used the new environment creatively, heading in to the studio and beginning sessions for Don’t Give Up on Love. At seventy-four years old, Don’t Give Up on Love marks a triumphant return for Don Bryant, The album taps multiple generations of A-list Memphis musicians, including members of the Hi Rhythm section band. Produced by Scott Bomar (The Bo-Keys) and Bruce Watson at Electraphonic Recording in Memphis, Tennessee, Don’t Give Up on Love is a collection of tunes from a husband honoring a wife in song.
A funky groove line and horn blasts churn underneath Don Bryant as he claims ‘you set my soul on fire’ on “Something About You” and assured rhythms support the pain in “Can’t Hide the Hurt” as Don Bryant shares the advice of a man who has learned lessons in his years to stop playing in “One Ain’t Enough” and puts hope into each line as he encourages love to hang on in the title track. Don’t Give Up on Love sets a standard for Soul by continuing the power of its ability to reinforce hard times as it justifies every feeling of the heart and soul. Don Bryant opens the album with a slow-burn version of O.V. Wright’s “A Nickel and a Nail” as he goes back to personal Roots with the gospel Soul of “How Do I Get There?”, and struts out asking “am I wasting my time’ on “I Got to Know”.
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