Description of Tools For The Soul by Danny Flowers
Danny Flowers’s album “Tools for the Soul” is a folk-inflected, roots
rock journey of redemption by one of Nashville’s premier guitarists and
songwriters. In crisp response to the musical question “O Brother Where
Art Thou?”, Danny Flowers delivers the resounding response “Here I Art”
through his stunning Brash Music label debut. Southern musical styles in particular have always included an element that mingled freely and seemed to defy the ability to be described in a single word. And that’s what we have with this. Danny Flowers’s record—it’s partly gospel, and the blues, and folk, and country. If you need to sum it up in a neater package, it’s essentially an “American Music” record. Which means a melting pot of styles but with an unabashedly Spiritual message. Calling it a Christian record doesn’t quite do it justice because of the musical cubbyhole that this implies in some circles, and yet there are “Jesus songs” on the record. Calling it a blues record is not quite right either—and yet the personal pain and suffering that gave birth to the blues sits right in the middle of the songwriting, and Danny plays one of the fi nest slide guitars this side of heaven. Maybe it’s an updated brand of traditional American folk music. While it might avoid a neat description, we think its appeal is unavoidable. We’ll leave it to the listener to decide.