At the heart of The Danberrys is the Tennessee-born couple of Dorothy Daniel and Ben DeBerry, a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, TN. Drawing deep from the folk, bluegrass, old-time country, blues, and funk/soul traditions, the Danberrys offer inspired songwriting delivered with raw emotion, eerily beautiful harmonies, and dynamic, top-notch musicianship. Rather than responding to a dictated sound, their music further defines the near-limitless nature of the Americana genre.
The couple’s musical magic springs from a four-year relationship that started when they were teen-agers and ended in the midst of inescapable curiosity common to young, independent, 20-something souls. Five years of exploring the world separately ended in 2006 when life delivered a what-was-I-thinking moment and they decided to do the inevitable and get hitched. Dorothy and Ben bring to their artistry a humble sense of place and a delightful sense of humor, rooted in a relationship that has always been strong even when they've been apart.
Their first recording effort, “Company Store”, was released in April of 2011. Touted by Larry Vanderpool of The Examiner as a record steeped in Appalachian music tradition and oozing rich soulful harmonies, Company Store won The Danberrys a 2011 Independent Music Awards "People's Choice" accolade and the honor of appearing on stage in November 2011 with Robert Earl Keen at the legendary Ryman Auditorium as the selected artist for WSM 650’s Tootsies to the Ryman international competition.
Stoked by the success of Company Store and the subsequent release of two singles, Dorothy and Ben returned to the studio during 2012 with mandolinist/co-producer Ethan Ballinger (Missy Raines and the New Hip, Alison Brown, Jill Andrews), fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer (The Farewell Drifters, The Greencards), and stand-up bassist Jon Cavendish. Their first full length album was released in March 2013. This self-titled collection of original songs offers a ride through the terrain of life, unapologetically confronting and celebrating emotions that are universally felt. The fearless musicianship of the five-piece band coupled with the soulful and sincere voices of the couple at its heart serves up perfectly the intention of the lyrics, leaving everything and nothing to the imagination. The Danberrys are currently touring in support of their album while eagerly writing and preparing for the next one. They have appeared on numerous festivals throughout the Southeast and Western North Carolina areas and are quickly becoming favorites on the Nashville music scene.
The Danberrys are hard not to like. To hear their music is to experience each moment wide open – to revel in the onrushing creative force of life’s duality and then return to the peace that exists within a playful heart. Listen to this band. You haven’t heard anything quite like it yet.