1 Album: Musician Danny Kroha

Danny Kroha | Photo Credit: Doug Coombe

After a lot of thought and consideration, Detroit musician, Danny Kroha narrowed his musical influences down to 1 Album, Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds. He joins EL’s newest feature with the story of his discovery.

I came upon this LP in a little new and used record store in Bridgeport, CT in 1983. I went to a small Catholic college there for one year but failed out because all I wanted to do was be in a band. I had heard For Your Love on the radio and uh…loved it, so I was on the lookout for more by The Yardbirds. I was stoked to find a nice mono copy of Having A Rave Up… which could also be featured in your Rock Albums That Changed The World; it’s that important. It’s their second American LP; the second side is from their first English LP. The first side of the album is studio recordings with Jeff Beck on lead guitar. The only hit on this side is Heart Full Of Soul, but all the songs kill, especially their version of the Johnny Burnette Trio’s version of The Train Kept A-Rollin’. Jeff Beck’s guitar solos are pushed up loud on every song, as they should be, as they’re super edgy and so swaggeringly confident. I can hear him in the work of Mick Ronson with David Bowie and James Williamson with The Stooges (those are just the first two that come to my mind and are most influential on me, there are many more).

The second side was recorded live at the Marquee Club in London the year before and features some of the earliest and best recordings of Eric Clapton’s lead guitar. Nothing on this album could be called blues or R&B; I guess the live side was the dawn of “freakbeat”. It has four cover versions of American blues and R&B songs, but the songs are totally rocked up and punked out! My old band, The Gories, have been described as “punk blues”, but this is the original “punk blues” and everything I’ve done after this has been influenced by it.  

Danny Kroha is a singer, songwriter, guitar player, record producer, and performer who works and performs in Detroit. He has been a member of the influential blues-punk group The Gories (singer and rhythm guitarist), the minimalist, performance art garage trio the Demolition Doll Rods, and the frontman of Danny and The Darleans. Danny has recorded albums and singles for various record labels in the U.S. and Europe. His tours have taken him across the U.S., through Europe and to Brazil. His first solo full-length album, Angels Watching Over Me, was released in 2015. It features traditional gospel, blues, and folk songs performed on a range of instruments including mouth harp, diddley bow, and slide guitar.

Danny Kroha can be found online on Instagram, Twitter, and Bandcamp.

The brand new Demolition Doll Rods album can be ordered here.