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88 Elmira St.

Danny Gatton

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Album Review

After years of knocking around the Washington, D.C.-area circuit, local guitar legend Danny Gatton finally got to cut his first album for a major label. It was indeed worth the wait, spot-welding blinding speed and immaculate chops that went in a million different directions (jazz, country, rockabilly, blues, you name it) to a musical sensibility that made this all-instrumental album a whole lot more than just yer average fretboard wanking jam-fest. Gatton's Telecaster really shines on diverse material ranging from Martin Denny's "Quiet Village" to the roadhouse shuffle "Funky Mama" to the off-the-wall rendition of the theme to The Simpsons. Kudos to Elektra for having the corporate balls to put this out; short, chunky, and middle-aged, Danny Gatton was a bona fide guitar hero for the '90s, putting the lie to the hard canard that only speedburner metal mega-hair dudes can make the front covers of the guitar mags.

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What a loss

Danny Gatton was a man driven by a powerful muse, and I suspect he couldn't quite contain it. His playing as a guitar virtuoso is unparalleled, and it is a tragic shame he isn't still around. This album is terrific, until you've heard some of his other work (e.g. - "Unfinished Business, and "Redneck Jazz" with pedal guitar wizard Buddy Emmons). His guitar work is stellar on Elmira St. Boogie; The Simpsons demonstrates his skill on banjo, and Slidin' Home features some great slide guitar work. The album is a worthy addition to the collection of any guitar afficiondo. Danny Gatton was a master of many musical genres, from jazz to rock to country, and one needs to hear his other albums to fully appreciate this fact.

I Don't Think You Understand

I've watched tapes of this dude in concert, and what hit me first was just how mindbogilingly amazing Danny Gatton was. I totally understand someone not liking this album because its not your style of music or some other reason along those lines, but when it comes down to pure tallent, and people looking for something that will make one sit down in a chair, bring his hand to his chin and go, "Wow..." it dosn't get a whole lot better than this. Straight up, I'm not a typical listener to this genre, but as a guitarest, when I listen to this album and here him make the guitar his straight up servent, all I do is think about getting back to practicing. I mean... there is a reason his nickname was: "The Humbler."

Danny's Excellent major label debut

This album converted many more listeners to fans of Danny Gatton, and serves as showcase for his guitar talents. His songwriting skills are offered up here, showing diverse influences. Explore his other albums, you won't hear any better Telecaster master. It's too bad he's no longer around.


Born: September 4, 1945 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton was known for the incredibly wide stylistic range of his playing; based in rockabilly, Gatton's musical vocabulary included R&B, pop, country, rock, and jazz, all of which he could play effectively. Gatton began playing at age nine, joining his first band, the Lancers, three years later. In 1960, Gatton pursued a jazz direction when he joined the Offbeats, where pianist/organist Dick Heintze proved to be one of Gatton's biggest influences. The band broke up four years...
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