I had a big soft spot for the work on Dan Brodie for several years. He was a bit of an outlier on the Melbourne pub scene, strongly wedded to a country-blues ethos.
Brodie could be described as the Aussie Ryan Adams, as he shows enormous passion for the roots of country-rock, and also portrays a life filled with misadventures in love. Brodie lacks some of Adams’ songwriting acumen, but also a whole lot less of the pretension. His tales are very likable and honest.
The title track is a good rollicking life tale (of following in his dad’s musical footsteps). Ride On is the rockingest effort and presages his greater confidence and where’s his strengths really lie – in almost Hank Williams-esque honky tonk.
There are a few too many forgettable tracks on here for this be a real fave, but Brodie certainly showed a lot of promise.
Here’s the standout track in thigh-slapping living colour (yeeeeehaaaaa):
File under: A rising star