BIOGRAPHY - Danny Gatton
Name: Danny Gatton
Band(s): Solo Artist
Guitar(s): 1953 Fender Telecaster
Instructional DVD/CD: Strictly Rhythm Guitar
Music style(s): Jazz
Rockabilly guitarist "The Humbler" Danny Gatton was born on the 4th of September, 1945 in Washington, D.C. Sadly Gatton took his own life on the 4th of October, 1994. He was forty-nine. Gatton mainly played a 1953 Fender Telecaster, which coupled with his playing abilities, earned him a second nickname, ‘Telemaster’.
Gatton grew up in a musical family. His father (Daniel Gatton Sr.) was also a guitarist, but had set aside any serious musical ambitions so he could raise his family. Gatton began playing the guitar at the age of nine and joined his first band three years later. By the age of fifteen Gatton had joined the Jazz group ‘The Offbeats’, where he met Dick Heintze, who would go onto become one of Gatton’s main influences.
It wasn’t until the seventies that Gatton began to make a name for himself around the Washington D.C area. In 1975, with his group ‘Danny and the Fat Boys’, Gatton released is debut album ‘American Music’. His second offering was titled ‘Redneck Jazz’. Both records offered a mixture of jazz, blues and rockabilly resulting in a very unique sound.
Though Gatton's first two albums did not do as well commercially as they perhaps should have, they did lead to offers with other bands and artists. Lowell George, also known as Little Feat, was among these artists. However, shortly after his expression of interest in Gatton, he was found dead.
Gatton gained national exposure and increased popularity amongst guitar lovers through touring with country singer Roger Miller and rockabilly artist Robert Gordon, however it wasn’t until the late eighties that Gatton decided to pursue his career more vigorously.
Guitar World Magazine rated Gatton’s 1987 release ‘Unfinished Business’ #10 of the Top 100 albums of the 80s. It also captured the attention of magazine heavyweights ‘Rolling Stone’.
Gatton made his major label debut ‘88 Elmira St.’ through Elektra Records in 1991. The album was Gatton’s first pure Jazz record. 1992 and 1993 brought with them the release of two more albums, ‘New York Stories’ and ‘Cruisin' Deuces’. However, the albums didn’t bring much success, marking the end of Gatton’s time with the record label.
Gatton collaborated with organ master Joey DeFrancesco and released ‘Relentless’ in 1994. Sadly, on October 4th of the same year, Gatton locked himself in his garage and shot himself. He left behind no explanation.
In the years following his death, his ability has been acknowledged with honors including being ranked 63rd on Rolling Stone magazine's ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ and 27th on Gibson.com’s ‘Best Guitarists of All Time’.
DANNY GATTON GUITAR VIDEOS
Danny Gatton|Danny Gatton- Licks and Tricks
Danny Gatton shows some licks and tricks....
Danny Gatton|Danny Gatton - Banjo Rolls
Danny Gatton explains some picking techniques including Banjo Rolls....
Danny Gatton|Danny Gatton - Travis Picking
Danny Gatton runs through Merle Travis Picking....
Danny Gatton|Danny Gatton - Banjo Licks
Danny Gatton shows of some Banjo style techniques for the guitar....
Danny Gatton|Danny Gatton - Freestyle Picking
Danny Gatton talks through the idea of freestyle picking....
Danny Gatton|Danny Gatton - Chicken Pickin'
Danny Gatton shows us a few Chicken Pickin' methods....
Danny Gatton|Danny Gatton - Picking Runs
Danny Gatton explains some picking techniques and exercises....
Danny Gatton|Danny Gatton - Voulme and Tone Pot Tricks.
Danny Gatton runs through some tone and volume pot tricks and techniques....
Danny Gatton|Danny Gatton - Bottle Slide
Danny Gatton shows how a glass bottle can be used as a slide to great effect....