Multiple number one Country Hit songwriter (BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY – John Anderson, ROLL ON BIG MAMA – Joe Stampley and many more) Danny Darst’s new CD release “DANNY DARST (songs from EXIT 10 the play)” features 10 original songs produced and recorded in Nashville.
"While much of modern country music is pandering and vulgar in its homage to these country and western motifs, Danny Darst's new soundtrack to a self penned play, EXIT 10, elevates the genre with a simple, unassuming arrangement: just a voice, a hollow body guitar, an acoustic bass and a pickup kit. Traces of Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings and T Bone Burnett slowly lope through themes of alienation, remembrances of better times and cowboy wisdom. Yet Darst's voice is unique, and tracks such as Highway 99, Western Flyer and Marilyn are melodious, direct and sincere, like a retuned piano rescued from a honky-tonk or an old pair of boots, spit-shined and polished to once again glimmer under a Texas sky. Darst's ability to tell a story within the confines of a song are startling. It's no surprise that he's the playwright of EXIT 10 as well as the composer of the music. Darst has quite the CV, with past works including the music for Russ Meyer's Supervixens, Jonathan Demme's Something Wild, as well as an onscreen role in Demme's Silence of the Lambs. Exit 10 is dedicated to Robert Altman and also boasts Altman's son Michael's directorial debut, which should be very interesting considering the years he has observed his father directing some of American
cinema's finest films. If the music and lyrics to Exit 10 are any indication, Darst's new play and soundtrack will ride into the sunrise of success with an unburdened heart and a satisfied mind."
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