NYCS First Impression: Ben Danaher ‘Still Feel Lucky’
The sentiment “music is healing” is personified in country singer, Ben Danaher’s 11 track debut album Still Feel Lucky. Despite the pain and trauma Danaher and his family have endured, which includes losing his father to a battle with cancer only two years after his brother was murdered, he coped with the anguish through music.
After the tragedies, the singer-songwriter moved to Nashville from Texas to begin his healing. The influence his father and brother had on his album is proven through his songs, especially “My Father’s Blood” and “A Little While.” In “My Father’s Blood,” he talks about the impact his late father has had on his life, sharing his appreciation for his father’s legacy and own songwriting ability. Danaher sings “It’s all because I got my father’s blood”.
Both the title track “Still Feel Lucky” and “A Little While” share with the listener the phases of grief, but more importantly the hope and belief for a better tomorrow, despite facing adversity. These songs, encompass Danaher’s main message, as he stated on his Twitter, ” “Still Feel Lucky” was the last song I wrote on this album. It was a huge turning point for me not only creatively, but personally. I hope this song will help everyone find a way to turn their sorrow into joy.”
Fans can watch the acoustic video for “Still Feel Lucky” here.
One of the more radio-friendly tracks on the record is the first song, “Hell or Highwater”, co-written with rising country star, Maren Morris. With its killer bass guitar instrumentals, soulful vibes, and story-telling lyrics, Danaher delivers everything we could want in a country music jam, while still staying true to his story. The singer gives us a taste of the song in a live acoustic performance below.
You can catch Danaher next Wednesday, September 19th at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. Grab your tickets here and take a listen to the full album below.
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