Danny Boone: Fish Grease review

Rehab may be one of the more underrated groups in rap/country/rock recent memory. With a lethal combination featuring Danny Boone and Demun Jones, Rehab created some of the most impressive and fun music you’ll find and their fanbase one of the most dedicated. Recently the group decided to split and go separate ways, flexing their solo muscles- Jones with Jones Country and Boone with Fish Grease, both released on the same date in full support of each other. With both records climbing the country charts right now, Fish Grease shows Boone turning a musical corner and exploring avenues not often seen with his Rehab work. “Raise a Toast” may be the next big drinking song and should be in the running for country anthem of the year- a great way to start the record and “Camo Bikini” rips into you with a fiddle-infused intro before exploding into a rap-laced track that will please both sides and will make for a great summer party and cookout song. Title track “Fish Grease” opens with a hypnotizing violin intro and explodes into a scorching rap-based track while Boone takes over singing and rapping with an impressive horn section backing him. “All They WAnna Hear” is an acoustic-based southern fried track with more backing violin, it’s a very peaceful feeling. Here Boone talks about how all fans wanted to hear from Rehab in the end was their hit “Sittin’ At a Bar-“ also known as “The Bartender Song” and how it’s hard to write a song fans will like just as much or more than that one. He talks about how they have so many songs that are better and he keeps trying to write one that’s better but that’s still all fans want to hear. It’s also a great look into the mind of a musician and how painful and irritating it can be to have that one song that people want to hear and nothing else when you have numerous songs you think are better and want people to hear. “Down to the River” is a country-fried ditty that features some heavy banjo, fiddle and steel guitar and is a great song for any country lover. It also fit well for some long highway driving- it just has that heartland feel to it. “My Small Town” is a song anyone from a small Midwestern town or southern town will love and instantly relate to as it sums up life in those areas and small town summer nights while “Don’t Take the Whiskey from Me” is any drinker’s anthem and a perfect tune for the bars, booze cruises and bonfires. Rounding out the record is “I Just Want Her Back,” which is a southern rap-infused song about Boone’s girl walking out and how he comes home to find her gone, knowing he messed up and wants her back so he can fix his mistakes. In the end, it’s good to see Boone going down different musical avenues. You can’t please everyone and Boone knows that- if you create a record that sounds too much like what you’ve already done it’s almost pointless but if you make a record that’s too far away from it fans are gonna feel alienated and disconnected. With Fish Grease Boone has found that perfect medium that so few artists find when going solo and he’s not only done that but hit it right on the head. Fish Grease is a bulls eye and a home run for Danny Boone and any diehard fan will love it from beginning to end. Rating: 9/10 -Reggie Edwards