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Currently Touring with Christian Davis
THIS IS ME
Danny is a Professional Musician, Writer, and Producer who sings Americana, Country and Bluegrass music with hints of blues and who's musical influences include Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson along with the younger country of Randy Travis, Travis Tritt and Ricky Skaggs.
Born in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky just miles from the Bill Monroe home place, Danny was greatly influenced by the Bluegrass Music of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, and many others. Danny grew up in a musical family who enjoyed singing and playing "Real Music". Music that was built on the hard times and stories of real life.
At the age of 24, Danny entered a contest at the Rough River Dam Old Time Fiddlers Convention and placed 4th in the Harmonica Contest. This was the beginning of what would become many more such festival events for Danny. Over the years Danny has won the Kentucky State Harmonica Championship, Indiana State, Tennessee State, Runner Up in Alabama State, as well as placing in the Fiddle categories.
Touring started at an early age in a church choir as the drum player at 10, in the years that followed he would go on and tour with many local bands playing festivals, churches, and bars. Danny has toured with artists like Christian Davis, John Schneider, Cross Country, and Masters Voice. Danny released his first album with a local band "Real Country" in 2002 and has since released his current Country Single “Its Gonna Be A Good Day”.
Danny is currently writing and recording a brand new album. Please like his social media pages to keep up with what's going on with Danny’s music.
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"I'm a sucker for songs about bluegrass music and this is a good one. Not only does it pay tribute to traditional bluegrass, but also, with a touch of humor, it pays homage to the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. It's a dandy."
Bob Mitchell, DJ (Host of "Best of Bluegrass")
Four-Time Nominee for "Bluegrass DJ of the Year" (SPBGMA 2017 -18 – 19 - 20)
Lifetime Member: The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum
"I really dig the new single "There's a High Lonesome Sound" telling the story of the Father of Bluegrass. I enjoyed watching the fun video filmed on the grounds of Mr Bill's old home place. It all started with this man and his powerful vision so long ago. Way to go Danny!"
Buddy Meriam, Bluegrass Time Radio WUSB FM 90.1
"Great song! Cool video"
Sam Welker - Americana Daily
ARTIST PR Interview
APR- TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR MUSIC
DANNY- I was born in 1968. I am the oldest of siblings with a younger brother and a baby sister. Mom and Dad were both musical and were of great influence on me becoming a musician. My musical upbringing centered around the church. I learned to play piano, bass, drums, and later fiddle and harmonica. Over the years I have played guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and saxophone. Bluegrass and Country Gospel were foundational influences.
APR- TALK TO US MORE ABOUT YOUR LATEST RELEASE
DANNY- After having success with my first release, “There’s A High Lonesome Sound” which I had written, I decided to release as my second single a Bill Monroe cover, “In The Pines”. I grew up just 30 or so miles from the Bill Monroe Homeplace, Jerusalem Ridge / Rosine, Kentucky. We lived in the adjoining county across the Green River in Nelson Creek, Kentucky (Muhlenberg County). Bill was a huge influence on me and I wanted to pay tribute to him and the legacy he left. In The Pines captures the soulful sounds and rustic story of the times and peoples of the area. I can remember sitting on the porch with family and singing these old songs on hot summer days and cool fall nights. The lonesome sounds of bluegrass stir deep-rooted feelings of family closeness that those times ingrained in those of us fortunate to have experienced it.
APR- WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS RELEASE?
DANNY- I didn’t write this song. It was actually written in the 1800s and the author is unknown. Bill Monroe recorded it in 1941 and 1952. I was inspired to record the song because it offers the singer a range of soulful expressions that can be delivered with feeling as if you actually experienced the happenings within the lyrical content yourself. The lyrics take you on a vivid journey in time.
APR- DESCRIBE THE WRITING AND RECORDING PROCESS
DANNY- I wanted to capture the feel of Bill’s performance yet also to make it my own. I accomplished this by using 3 part fiddles in the kickoff and turn around of the song, which I played myself. I also wanted the high lonesome harmonies of Bill’s style to be heard in my rendition and laid the vocal harmonies myself. We are currently working on a video for this song that will be made available as soon as we can get the editing process finished.
APR- ANY PLANS TO HIT THE ROAD?
DANNY- I have started putting together appearances where I will perform In The Pines as well as other songs. Currently, I am touring with Christian Davis as Band Leader/Tour Manager, playing fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, and singing backup.
APR- AS AN INDIE ARTIST, HOW DO YOU BRAND YOURSELF AND YOUR MUSIC TO STAND OUT FROM THE REST OF THE ARTISTS OUT THERE?
DANNY- Lyrically I draw from my own experience and the stories of my parents and grandparents. Musically I am a mixture of the Influences of country, bluegrass, and gospel music with a heaping helping of blues that I was exposed to as a child. Vocal delivery comes from deep within. I was raised in a Holiness Church and had a front-row seat to anointed singing delivered with feeling. Singing is a way of expressing how you feel about what you are singing about. To deliver a song convincingly you simple sing it the way you feel it. My entire family is gifted with this ability. As for branding, I don’t try to brand myself as I feel that doing so would keep me from BEING myself. In essence, BEING me…truly me…..is a brand only I can be.
APR- WHO HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY?
DANNY- Del McCory, Willie Nelson, Christian Davis, Vince Gill, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Strings, Chris Thyle, Larry Sparks, Buck Owens.
APR- WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
DANNY- My Grandparents, my dad, and my mom. I think family is the biggest influence on a person. My biggest secular influence would probably be Jerry Lee Lewis in my early years but the list gets quite large with time.
APR- TELL US ABOUT YOUR PASSIONS
DANNY- I am passionate about making things happen for me and other people. I am passionate about my history and our history as a people and a nation. I am definitely passionate about all aspects of my music, but I am most passionate about God and Family.
APR- WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING NEXT IN YOUR WORLD?
DANNY- The next thing we are working on is finishing the music video for “In The Pines”. We also have tour plans being made and we are putting together our very own popup stage!
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