The Danny Morris Band
The Danny Morris Band
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The Danny Morris Band
  Brian Chidester - Coconut Times Ocean City - 09/2007
The Danny Morris Band

    In an era where most people who profess to be rock 'n' roll fans can't even name four Chuck Berry songs, the Steer Inn played host to one of the most unpretentious, hardcore rock 'n' roll shows I've ever seen in Ocean City. To be honest with you, I came to see the Danny Morris Band because I really like the owners of the bar. Co-owner Skip and I have talked about rockabilly, '50s R&B and surf music on previous visits, but I had no idea what to expect. When I finally walked into the Steer Inn, I admit... I was leary. The band on the stage were wearing tennis sneakers and cargo/khaki shorts... hardly what I as a Los Angeles-based journalist expect from bands that play real surf instrumental music. But very quickly, two things dawned on me: [1] this music was substance over style (a rare thing these days) and [2] this show was the most PUNK-ROCK thing I've ever seen in 17 years of coming to Ocean City. Danny Morris whipped through a host of frenetic instrumental tunes that, by night's end, seemed like they were going to make the paint fall off the roof. Morris was not only adept at playing uncontrived rock 'n' roll, but was surprisingly soulful in his aural assault on the frets. These guys didn't need vintage clothes or some stage gimmick tonight. The music stood on its own merits. A rapid-fire version of "Telstar" was enlightened, but it was Morris's grimey version of "Rumble" (originally by Link Wray) that truly ripped this crowd a new ass! Ocean City should consider itself lucky to have hosted such a talented, unrecognized guitarist as Danny Morris.

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