CD Review – Danni Leigh: 29 Nights

Danni Leigh – 29 Nights

DECCA Records

There is just no way of reviewing the CD by newcomer Danni Leigh without at least a casual comparison to Dwight Yoakam. The album, titled “29 Nights”, has so many things in common with Yoakam that you almost wonder if they are related. The first thing you notice is the cover artwork. Hat pulled low, completely hiding the eyes, long strands of blonde hair touching the shoulders. When the music starts, the similarities are even more evident.  The first single, “If The Jukebox Took Teardrops,” has hit written all over it. It’s an up tempo ditty that will have you shuffling across the dancefloor in no time at all. Watching the video on CMT will make you realize why so many people are making the Dwight comparison. Co-writing with people like Monte Warden, Jeff Stevens and Mike Noble definitely doesn’t hurt. There’s the obligatory cover tunes of Willie Nelson (Touch Me) and Merle Haggard (Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart) classics. To her credit, she handles these songs very well. She also does a solid version of the new “I Feel A Heartache” tune, written by Nashville icons Harlan Howard and Kostas.   Growing up on the East Coast, she was a fan of Patsy Cline’s music. Recently she has been listening to a lot of Buck Owens music. When you put these two together, it’s no wonder she sounds like Dwight. But, hey, this is a good thing. Give it a listen, you’ll agree.

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