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Big Gene & Danny Lee's Loud Pack / Press

“The Loud Pack is a tremendously exciting band, firmly rooted in traditional blues but with a solid dose of sweet soul.. Dig the very first track on the Mix EP, “Gonna Be Fine.” Steve Michel (guitar)( and rhythm section) lay down a solid, mid-tempo shuffle. Stevie Jones’s organ pad tips the scale in the direction of greasy Memphis soul. And when Big Gene Chandler begins to sing…well, it’s all over. He’s got that elusive “it,” that edgy, emotive quality to the voice that all the best deep soul singers (have)...Danny Lee Michel’s guitar lines are terse and incisive, a bit jagged (the better to create tension), and eminently toneful. A great melody and sensible lyrics seal the deal...Their songwriting is appealingly catchy. The rhythm section has an unfailingly good feel, and the keys and guitar up front balance the solo options and the sound. Both Jones and Michel have terrific instincts, and play with creativity and great tone...Big Gene is a truly exceptional singer..”

“With Michel’s soulful playing and Chandler’s smooth vocals reminiscent of Aaron Neville without the warble, the band has thundered to the top of the local blues scene. The band’s success is built on the dynamic between the two, something Chandler recognized the first time they met at Neal’s lakeside home between Sevierville and Newport. “I heard him play and said, ‘This guy’s amazing,’” Chandler said. “Me and Danny started vibing back then. With me coming up singing and writing all my life and having a church and R&B background, it just seemed like it was second nature to do the blues. We just both realized the chemistry we had.””