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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.

Customer Reviews

Worth the wait.

His voice and overall style are like the intersection of Hank Williams and Roy Orbison. Maybe a bit of Johnny Cash and Elvis in there, too. Definitely worth multiple listens--with headphones on, to really absorb the album.

can’t stop listening……..

Love this artist, thought the first cd was really good, this is even better!!!!

The voice

Chris has an amazing voice - these songs are heartfelt vehicles for that instrument. Enjoy!


Born: Little Rock, AR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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