Danny Gatton

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Special Interest Movies
Descriptive "tags": blues rockabilly guitar jazz country guitar virtuoso Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Official Homepage Wikipedia


4 September 1945, Washington DC, USA, d. 4 October 1994, Newburg, Maryland, USA. Guitarist and songwriter Danny Gatton first picked up a guitar at the age of nine. Inspired by guitarist Charlie Christian and Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, Gatton soon developed a unique individual style. Much of this was due to his customization of a standard Les Paul guitar into what he termed the ‘Les Paulveriser’. He enhanced this sound by making home recordings using two reel-to-reel tapes that produced an echo effect when one machine was played slightly out of synchronization with the other. Through his thirties and forties he played regularly in Washington to an audience who appreciated his unique take on jazz, bluegrass and rockabilly, issuing a series of exclusively mail-order albums that gradually expanded his audience. Eventually, one of these, Unfinished Business, provoked enough critical feedback to prompt Elektra Records into offering him a recording...

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