The Danberrys at The Willow Tree w/ Scott McMahan
The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E Main St, Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
$10 At the heart of The Danberrys is the Tennessee-born couple of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel - a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, Tennessee. Drawing deep from the traditions of bluegrass, old-time country, blues, and funk/soul, the Danberrys offer inspired songwriting delivered with raw emotion, distinct vocal harmonies, and dynamic, top-notch musicianship. Rather than responding to a dictated sound, their music further displays the near limitless nature of the Americana genre. They have appeared at many festivals throughout the Southeast – including the CMA Festival, the International Bluegrass Music Association festival, the Americana Music Festival, and ROMP.
The couple’s musical magic springs from a relationship that started when they were just teenagers. They dated in high school, and eventually went their separate ways – until one fateful day in Cookeville, Tenn. In their years apart, Dorothy had created a sound for herself that inspired Ben, and soon, they reconnected and began gaining attention with the new sound they created. Dorothy, a devotee of soul and blues music offered an interesting pairing for Ben’s love of bluegrass, rock and country – they found middle ground on their love of folk music. Now after nearly ten years of marriage, Dorothy and Ben bring to their artistry a humble sense of wonder and emotional sincerity rooted in a relationship that has always been strong even when they've been apart.
Their first recording, “Company Store,” was released in April 2011 and won the “People’s Choice” Independent Music Award for Best EP and secured them an opportunity to open for Robert Earl Keen at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Stoked by the success of Company Store, in 2013 the group released their follow up album, “The Danberrys,” which garnered two additional Independent Music Award nominations for Best Americana Album and Best Alt.