Saturday, October 10, 2015

CD/DVD Review: Big Legal Mess Brings Us "The Life And Music Of Denny Lile"

Louisville, KY singer/songwriter Denny Lile was a local hero on the verge of breaking through to the mainstream when drinking and depression ended that dream. Denny's only escape was music. He was in a number of bands through the late-sixties, early-seventies, before releasing his first solo album, "Hear The Bang" in 1973. The album has been compared to Neil Young's "Harvest," but never caught the attention of FM radio. The closest he came to fame was when country star Waylon Jennings recorded Denny's song "Fallin' Out" and made it a country hit in the late-eighties. Denny would not be able to escape his alcoholism and it caused his death in 1995 at the age of 44.

On October 16th, Big Legal Mess will release Denny Lile's debut album for the first time on CD at the request of company head, Bruce Watson after discovering the buried gem. Accompanying the CD is a documentary DVD of the life of Denny Lile. It features interviews with some of Denny's former bandmates, producers, friends, family and other fellow musicians. The DVD digs deep into Denny Lile's musical journey, which returned him to Louisville over and over again, whether it was by choice or by chance.

The CD consists of sixteen-songs, beginning with the title-song, "Hear The Bang," a wonderfully warm acoustic story that finds its way to your heart. His country aspects come through on "Oh Darlin'," while "Love Is On A Freight Train" is so gentle and calming that you wonder how Denny never made it big. His song writing simply amazes with "Rag Muffin" and "After All" as he had the talent and the voice to cross genres between country, folk and rock music. The album finishes with hard feelings of "Good-Byes And Other Sad Things" and the experimental psychedelic folk of "Cause You're Mine." To find out more about this new release "Hear The Bang: The Life And Music Of Denny Lile," please visit

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