Song of the day: Danny Gatton – "Funky Mama"

April 27, 2010

We continue our exploration of wizzo guitarists on this blog (which, by the way, you’re now welcome to rename What Happened To The Power Pop? And Where Did All These Guitarists Come From???) with a chap from Washington D.C. called Danny Gatton:

Danny Gatton – “Funky Mama” (1991)


If you don’t like that, then why not try some rockabilly…

Danny Gatton – “Elmira St. Boogie” (1991)


No? OK, how about some blues…

Danny Gatton – “Blues Newburg” (1991)


Those are first three tracks on Danny’s major-label debut, 88 Elmira St. (1991). I think it’s a very enjoyable album, and not just for fans of guitarists. Like the album featured last week by guitarist Steve Morse (The Introduction), 88 Elmira St. is a very musical one because it focuses on the songs, not the playing.

The album also has Danny playing an extremely well-known TV theme tune:

Danny Gatton – “The Simpsons” (1991)


By the way, one of the tracks on the album is a superb cover of The Beach Boys‘ “In My Room“. It would be terribly remiss of me not to play it, so…

Danny Gatton – “In My Room” (1991)


If you’re bothered by all those other instruments (bass, drums, piano, saxophone etc – all the things that get in the way of that guitar), here’s Danny on his own. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what a virtuoso sounds like:

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