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  • Writer's pictureJohn Cronin

Gary Dranow - “I'm A Man” ~ A gritty heartfelt blues rock anthem tracing one man's path from adversity to redemption, fueled by love and resilience!

Today, we welcome back Gary Dranow as our featured artist on the blog. As we delve in to his recent song, "I'm A Man", it's an opportune moment for both our new and seasoned readers to uncover a bit more about this multifaceted individual. Born in the vibrant city of Santa Monica on March 10, 1954, Gary Dranow is not merely a musician but a true Renaissance soul, whose life journey encompasses the realms of athleticism, entrepreneurship, and music. His narrative is a tapestry woven with threads of diverse experiences, each contributing to the rich mosaic of his identity. 

The mid to late '70s marked a period of entrepreneurial ventures and athletic achievements. Founding Spoiled Brats of California, a garment manufacturing company, Dranow ventured into the world of business before eventually parting ways in 1979. Parallel to his entrepreneurial pursuits, his passion for skiing led him to achieve significant milestones, attaining his first USSA Alpine Coach certification in 1981 and distinguishing himself as the highest-scoring associate-certified ski instructor in 1973. Yet, amidst his entrepreneurial and athletic endeavors, Dranow's journey in music began at a remarkably young age of 12, with the formation of his first band, The New Invaderz, laying the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of musical expression.

Written in 1997 and released in 2003, his first album "Destiny Road, Rough Cuts," was fully released in May 2023. The album featured songs about his experiences with Bipolar 1 Disorder. I could go on and on about his accolades, but it's his latest release, "I'm a Man," which is why I am writing this. Influences range from Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions, a talented group unrestricted to the genre. As a rising icon in the diverse realms of Blues and Rock music, the band is driven for success.

Hitting it off with a strong guitar riff, Gary follows up with his bluesy vocals that will bring you back to the days of Rock N’ Roll. It’s a bit modern Rock N’ Roll, reminding me of The Revivalists, a pinch of Mutemath, and KALEO. Gary has a solid track here, with "I'm A Man", which is a poignant and soulful exploration of the human experience capturing the struggles and redemption of a man finding his way through life's hardships. With raw vocals and a hard-hitting rhythm, the song explores themes of adversity, redemption, and personal growth. With its powerful lyrics and impassioned performance, the song resonates with listeners, reminding us that even in our darkest moments, there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.

"I'm A Man" sounds pretty modern yet likely to appeal more to an older crowd. As such, I do appreciate the solid production, and I encourage him to continue to make such tracks like these as I am sure they will be a hit.

Listen to "I'm A Man" on Spotify here -

You can check out Gary Dranow’s (band) website here:

A brilliant addition to the repertoire -

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