by Chuck Dauphin
Somewhere along the Delta region of Mississippi today, there’s a singer on the back porch who is simply strumming their guitar to the sound of their latest composition. Gann Brewer is one such artist. There’s a laid back and inviting feel to this album that reminds you of such an afternoon in the south. ‘Dancin’ In Memphis,” where the title of the album comes from, offers proof of this. It’s simply modern day Folk Music – something Brewer undoubtedly has a knack for.
As a writer, he possesses a keen sense of wit. If you need proof, take a listen to the hilarious “Dogrunner (Craiglist Ad),” maybe the only song that namechecks both Boxcar Willie and The Beatles. Other standout cuts that show Brewer’s mettle as a tunesmith include “She’s Good To Me” and the murky “Sidewalk Slim.”
At the end of the day, what Gann Brewer is – and what he does best – is a storyteller. Take a listen to “Moanin’ Santa Rosa Jail Blues,” a cut that will definitely make you think “old school.” And, he does it very well!
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