Don Bryant Revisits ’99 Pounds’

June 10, 2020

For the first time in his career, the great Memphis songwriter Don Bryant has recorded “99 Pounds,” the 1972 hit he wrote for his wife, Ann Peebles. “This new version is a tribute to Ann, for accepting the song when I wrote it for her,” says Don. They’ve been married for nearly 50 years and are both safe in lockdown, outside of Memphis.

You Make Me Feel (June 19 Fat Possum) continues Don’s resurgence with newly written music and a revisit to Don’s celebrated back catalog, where he’s interpreting some of his songs for the first time. Produced by Scott Bomar, who recently scored Dolemite Is My Name, and mixed by Matt Ross-Spang (Elvis Presley, Al Green, John Prine), the album features members of the Hi Rhythm section—Howard Grimes, Archie “Hubbie” Turner and Charles Hodges, who played on his by Al Green and Ann Peebles— with members of St. Paul and the Broken Bones and The Bo-Keys.