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Dead Person of the Day October 4 – Danny Gatton

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Taking a deep reach into contemporary Americana today folks. You know the reach. Its the type of reach when there are only a few broken Pringles left. Today’s DPD comes from John Pareles. Is it his best work? Hardly. However, Gatton needs to be revisited for obvious reasons…..


Danny Gatton, a guitarist who applied dazzling technique to down-home styles, died on Tuesday at his farm in Newburg, Md. He was 49.

He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Detective James Whitcraft of the Charles County sheriff’s office.

Mr. Gatton was revered by musicians for his speed and for a style he called “redneck jazz,” a sliding, twanging, genre-bending amalgam of country music, blues, rockabilly and jazz. He also played banjo and pedal steel guitar. In 1990, Guitar Player magazine named him “the world’s greatest unknown guitarist.” More recently, Fender began manufacturing a Danny Gatton Signature guitar.

He made two albums for Elektra Records, in 1991 and 1993; he also recorded for small independent labels. Because he was reluctant to tour or to move away from southern Maryland, most of his performances were in clubs in the Washington area, where he was a local musical hero. During his career, he won 19 Wammy Awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Continue

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