Don’t Give Up On Love
Don Bryant was a soul singer par excellence and a songwriter to mega stars like Al Green and Otis Clay when he met the love of his life when he was paired with her in the studio: the singer Ann Peebles. Together, they wrote her classic “I Can’t Stand the Rain” and have been married for almost 44 years. Bryant devoted his life to supporting Peebles in her career, but when she had to quit touring in 2012 after a stroke, Bryant was stuck at home for the first time in his adult life. He decided to return to music, and recorded Don’t Give Up On Love, a moving soul album that sounds like it was record at Hi Studios in Memphis in 1972 but released today. Bryant’s voice has always been rich; here it’s as good as its ever been. Like William Bell’s 2016 album Bound To Happen, this one feels like it’ll be a shoe-in for Grammy’s in the Americana category next year.—Andrew Winistorfer
You can purchase the album here.