Dennis Brennan

Dennis Brennan Discography

Dennis Brennan "Engagement"

Single Cover
Tracks:
After The Ball
Everybody's Running Away
Here She Comes
When You Were Loving Him
Personal Assistant
It Ain't What You Think It Is
Delmore Schwartz
Sugar Falls
Barbara Allen's Dream
Running Scared
Crying On The Avenue
I Got My Own
Brokenhearted I Will Wander
You Don't Have Very Far To Go
Hard Traveling
Feel Like Going Home
Title:
"Engagment"
By:
Dennis Brennan, w/ Kevin Barry, Billy Beard, Duke Levine, Andrew Mazzone
Year:
2006
Label:
Hi-N-Dry

Produced by:
Billy Conway (Sugar Falls produced by Paul Bryan w/ Dennis Brennan)
Live tracks produced and recorded by: Tom Dube, except, "Feel Like Going Home" produced by Dennis Brennan

Studio tracks recorded by
:
Tom Dube, Paul Kolderie, Adam Taylor, Billy Conway, Andrew Mazzone, Duke Levine, Jabe Beyer, Brian Conetta, Tom Janovitz, Cameron Wiley

Mixed by:
Paul Kolderie at Camp Street Studios

Mastered by:
Ian Kennedy at New Alliance East

"Divided equally into studio and live tracks, the diversity is stunning as he takes listeners on a journey that comes from the gut." -- Steve Morse, longtime Boston Globe reviewer and cohost of "Morse on Music," WBOS-FM.

"Lonesome, ornery and great."
Peter Guralnick, author DREAM BOOGIE, The Triumph of Sam Cooke and LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS, The Rise of Elvis Presley.

Dennis Brennan & The Iodine Brothers: "Sugar Falls" b/w "Cherry Ball Blues"

Single Cover
Title:
"Sugar Falls" b/w "Cherry Ball Blues"
By:
Dennis Brennan And The Iodine Brothers
Year:
2002
Label:
TuPaul, 01 (2 song single.)
Produced by:
Paul Bryan w/Dennis Brennan
Recorded & mixed by:
Paul Kolderie
Available at:
Hi-N-Dry (and at live shows).

A one off single, now a collector's item."Sugar Falls" will be included in the upcoming as yet untitled Hi-N-Dry release. The Iodine Brothers are: Jay Bellerose, dms & rattling; Kevin Barry, acoustic guitar thru an amp; Paul Bryan, bs & vocals; Duke Levine, all kinds of guitars; Dennis Brennan, vocals and guitars.

Dennis Brennan: "Rule #1"

Rule #1 Cover
Tracks:
I Got My Own
Going Down Gracefully
Keep Me Standing
Government Johnny McKee
Trouble
Barbara Allen's Dream
This Kind Of Love
Crying On The Avenue
Book Of Love
Where Did We Go Wrong
Dream In Six
Title:
Rule #1
By:
Dennis Brennan
Year:
2000
Label:
ESCA, ER0104 (11 song CD)
Produced by:
Paul Bryan w/Dennis Brennan
Available at:
Hi-N-Dry (and at live shows).

This recording was started in late 1998 at Paul Bryan's apartment in Cambridge. It was finished at The Outpost in Stoughton and My Generation in Somerville. Released in 2000 it garnered reviews in The New Yorker, where Ben Greenman wrote: "In a seasonwhere designated roots rock messiahs are coasting on less than stellar work, Brennan's latest release deserves attention." and in The Nashville Tennesean, Michael McCall said: "Rule#1 is try to be true'. As a storyteller, Brennan does just that, digging past easy cliches in an attempt to tell the dirty truth of how people love to survive."

The core band on Rule #1 is: Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, and Ian Kennedy, gtrs; Paul Bryan and Richard Gates, bs; Jay Bellerose, Bill MacGilvray, and Jerome Deupree, dms; Dennis Brennan, vocals and gtr

Dennis Brennan: "Iodine In The Wine"

Iodine Cover
Tracks:
Familiar Surroundings
Mighty Long Time
Blue Sky/ Red Song
Lies
Pill Of Love
Iodine In The Wine
Youngstown
Ones And Fours
The Worried Man
Call Your Rider
River Rise Up
Lemmy Go Down
Title:
Iodine In The Wine
By:
Dennis Brennan
Year:
1997
Label:
Upstart, 036 (11 song CD)
Produced by:
Dennis Brennan w/Jim Siegel
Available at:
Rounder.com

"Iodine", the second of the recordings done for Upstart was written on the road touring behind "Jack In The Pulpit". Upstart folded the day Iodine was released so it was left up to Brennan to tour and promote this record himself.

Kim Webber in No Depression wrote; "Iodine In The Wine is mature, well crafted, spiritual, cynical,and hopeful. The title cut questions who spoiled the party, who took away the american dream. "Who put the iodine in the wine?" -This dreamy, bluesy cut is prime pickings for a major release."

The core band on Iodine In The Wine includes: Richard Gates and Paul Bryan, bs; Duke Levine and Kevin Barry, gtrs; Jay Bellerose, Tom Hambridge, Billy Conway & Bill MacGilvray, dms; Dennis Brennan, Vocals and gtrs

Dennis Brennan: "Jack In The Pulpit"

Jack Cover
Tracks:
I'm Falling Down
Theresa
Brokenhearted I Will Wander
Red, Wages Of Fear
Running Scared
Something Strange
Boulder On My Back
Love And Misery
High Ground
Glad You're Gone
Bobby Moore's Bridge
Title:
Jack In The Pulpit
By:
Dennis Brennan
Year:
1995
Label:
Upstart 016 (12 song CD)
Produced by:
Dennis Brennan w/Jim Siegel
Available at:
Rounder.com

Brennan was signed to Upstart, a division of Rounder in 1994 after a year long Tuesday night residency at Toad in Cambridge, Ma. This recording contains the songs that were writtenand performed there.

Geoffrey Himes of The Washington Post wrote: "Brennan's lyrics-closer to Ray Davies than Bob Dylan in their simple, witty language-are only part of the story on "Jack In The Pulpit," his debut solo album. The former leader of such Boston rock and soul bands as Push Push and The Martells, Brennan has mastered the rock and roll basics of Keith Richards guitar riffs, Charlie Wattsgrooves, Stax horn charts, raspy Rascals vocals and sweet Drifters ballads. It's an older out offashion music but Brennan invests these recycled ingrediants with an undeniable passion."

The core band on Jack In The Pulpit includes: Kevin Barry, gtr; Duke Levine, gtrs; Richard Gates, bs; Billy Conway, Jay Bellerose, dms; Dennis Brennan, gtr, vocals.

Push Push: "Can't Wait"

Tracks:
I Taught Her Everything She Knows
The Deacon's Bench
This Kind Of Love
Never Enough
Step By Step
Can't Hide
Love And Misery
Love Is
Mask
Push Push.
Title:
Can't Wait
By:
Push Push
Year:
1989
Label:
Tone Cool TC1143 (10 song LP)
Produced by:
Mike Denneen & Push Push
Notes:
Vinyl only.
Available:
Hi-N-Dry

This is Dennis Brennan's first commercially released recording. At the time of its release, Tim Riley of The Boston Phoenix wrote; "..... touts trim ensemble work and songcraft over attitude, these are stout, athletic performances of prepossessing songs".

Brett Milano of The Boston Globe opined: "...there's some real gems of songwriting here. If a major -label band had recorded the snarling "I Taught Her Everything She Knows" it would almost certainly be a hit."

Musician Magazine, "Platters That Matter", listed #3, March 1989

Push Push were: Jay Feinstein, bs & vocals; David Birmingham, dms; Adam Steinberg, gtrs; Dennis Brennan, gtr and vocals.

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