If the Roses Don't Kill Us by Christopher Denny on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christopher Denny has a voice that keeps revealing more of itself the longer you listen. At first, the voice is a question mark: “What is this?” “Is this for real?” Then, as the songs play, it becomes more of a wonder: “Is this really happening?" “Can this be for real?” And, finally, it blends with the sparse, natural but professional country music of the ‘50s, and the pain of Denny’s difficult life becomes part of the fabric of his intense songwriting. It took seven years for this Arkansas native to release the follow-up to his debut album. Songs such as “God’s Height,” “Our Kind of Love,” “Wings," and “Million Little Thoughts” venture between country music and western Tennessee soul music, with an organ often pushing the equation closer to the sounds of Memphis. The optimism of “Watch Me Shine” sounds so fragile, it could be a lie. But that’s exactly why If the Roses Don’t Kill Us is that rare album that demands you revisit it often. You’re never really sure how it ends.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christopher Denny has a voice that keeps revealing more of itself the longer you listen. At first, the voice is a question mark: “What is this?” “Is this for real?” Then, as the songs play, it becomes more of a wonder: “Is this really happening?" “Can this be for real?” And, finally, it blends with the sparse, natural but professional country music of the ‘50s, and the pain of Denny’s difficult life becomes part of the fabric of his intense songwriting. It took seven years for this Arkansas native to release the follow-up to his debut album. Songs such as “God’s Height,” “Our Kind of Love,” “Wings," and “Million Little Thoughts” venture between country music and western Tennessee soul music, with an organ often pushing the equation closer to the sounds of Memphis. The optimism of “Watch Me Shine” sounds so fragile, it could be a lie. But that’s exactly why If the Roses Don’t Kill Us is that rare album that demands you revisit it often. You’re never really sure how it ends.

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About Christopher Denny

Christopher Denny's music draws heavily from both gospel and country influences, fitting for an artist whose first musical experiences took place in his local church. The singer/songwriter, whose ethereal voice bears a resemblance to Antony of Antony and the Johnsons (and, to a lesser degree, Jeff Buckley), first picked up a guitar at the age of 14 and began writing songs soon after. A visit to his great-uncle's house led to the discovery of a Lefty Frizzell and Hank Thompson vinyl collection, which had a deep impact on the young musician. With the blessing and gift of a guitar from his grandfather, also a musician, Denny embarked on his own musical career. It would get off to a rocky start -- a week into recording his debut album with his band the Old Soles, Denny clashed with his producers and decided to leave them (and his recording fund) behind. Returning to his hometown of Little Rock, AR, Denny contacted Jason Weinheimer, who agreed to let Denny produce the album in his studio (Weinheimer acted as engineer). Age Old Hunger was released in August of 2007, with a tour following soon after. Denny's rocky road continued over the coming years as he fought to get sober and complete his second album. Following several attempts at both recording and getting clean, Denny finally succeeded in both, delivering his long-awaited follow-up If the Roses Don't Kill Us in the summer of 2014. ~ Katherine Fulton

  • ORIGIN
    Little Rock, AR

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