Soul Guy Don Bryant Adds A Little Memphis Spirit To Your HOLIDAYS
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The Memphis gospel-soul man Don Bryant might not exactly like rain, but he’s sure dreaming about snow this holiday season.
Best known for writing “I CANNOT Stand The Rain,” built famous on his wife Ann Peebles’ groundbreaking R&B album in 1974, Bryant puts down the pen to record a beautiful go over of Irving Berlin’s 1942 song “White Xmas.” It’s from the forthcoming Xmas Soul, an Amazon Initial playlist featuring 25 all-new vacation recordings. The streaming playlist will include a diverse group of musicians incorporating Marc Broussard, JC Brooks, Nicole Atkins, Jungle Fire, Diane Coffee, Adrian Younge, Robert Finley and more.
Bryant recorded the often covered “White Christmas” at Electraphonic Recording found in Memphis with bassist/producer Scott Bomar. As well featured on the recording are two customers of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section: drummer Howard Grimes and keyboardist Archie “Hubbie” Turner. Rounding out the band happen to be trumpeter Marc Franklin and saxophonist Art Edmaiston (who were both in the Gregg Allman band), guitarist Joe Restivo and saxophonist Kirk Smother.
“White Xmas” has been covered hundreds of occasions by vocalists and instrumentalists alike. Bryant lays into his variant effortlessly and soulfully, and in sharing the music, he comments: “This is my first vacation song I have ever done, and I am hoping you prefer it. May the delight of the season become with you. Don’t give up love and like won’t give up you.”
So sit back, cozy up with someone close and enjoy his rendition of the favorite Christmas song to begin the growing season off right.