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Hot Rod Guitar: The Danny Gatton Anthology
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Gatton was such a genre-jumper that he never found a commercial niche; instead, he was the guitarist's guitarist, fluent and fluid in various forms of rock, country, jazz, and blues. But he clearly had an innate fondness f... more »
Gatton was such a genre-jumper that he never found a commercial niche; instead, he was the guitarist's guitarist, fluent and fluid in various forms of rock, country, jazz, and blues. But he clearly had an innate fondness for country, especially bluegrass (perhaps that's what made him the fastest picker of his time). Among the country-oriented highlights here are the scintillating "Redneck Jazz," the rockabilly "Love My Baby" (with Robert Gordon singing), "Sun Medley" (with Delbert McClinton's Fogerty-esque barking), and "Linus and Lucy/Orange Blossom Medley," in which "Steel Guitar Rag" flashes by in a blur. But his country flair also manifests itself in more subtle ways (fingerpicking the blues, for example). If you don't mind a crash course in other American music mixed in with your country--it's not like being forced to eat beets with your burger, after all--then Gatton's your man. --John Morthland
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Steven H. Hulme | Boise, ID USA | 08/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My first exposure to the late, great Danny "The Humbler" Gatton was on "Austin City Limits." I tuned in to watch somebody else, and he was the second act. He came out and just looked like he was kidding around, and not really getting serious. But the sounds... boy howdy, that guitar was talking, singing, laughing, crying! Like it says in the extensive liner notes: "Danny could play anybody else's music; nobody else could play Danny's music." This guy can play ANYTHING on his Telecaster! Hot Rod Guitar is a comprehensive anthology, showcasing Danny playing rock, jazz, country, showtunes ... you name it. Other guitarists named Gatton "The Humbler," but anybody who appreciates fine musicianship will enjoy this 2-CD set. Buy it now, thank me later."
Sit down and remove your socks...
Ace Rockola | Virginia | 04/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...because they're about to be blown off ! Just purchased this fine compilation of the late Danny Gatton. There's something for everyone here: If you like rockabilly, jazz, country, rock. Danny's genius in being able to tackle all these styles, was perhaps his achilles heel - you can't pidgeon-hole his music (which is a necessity if you're gonna be commercially sucessful.) THANKFULLY, Danny played what he wanted to play. It may have cost him fame and fortune, but for me, I am thankful someone turned me on to his music. Listen to "Funhouse", a snappy, catchy tune that indeed conjures up a festive, party atomosphere. A Telecaster never sounded so good! Also of note is the saxaphone solo - Bill Holloman is excellent! "Harlem Nocturne" is another song that displays Danny's awesome tone. It's errie, bluesy; just magical. This same song includes some Hammond B-3 like you've never heard! I won't say Danny sounds like Stevie Ray Vaughan, but if you appreciate originality, distinct tones, and someone who was just as good as Stevie, only different, then you will not regret this purchase. Buy it - and that's my final answer !"
He is still the best guitarist I ever saw
James D. Richardson | Western NY state | 01/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like Satriani, Johnson, Keaggy, and other masters. But Danny was the best, IMO. He could do almost anything with a Tele, simple setup, and a Heiny beer bottle slide. He was unpretentious on stage, not much for flash or jumping. The first time I saw him (of many) I walked into Babes in DC and thought "Hey, this guy is clean and GOOD!" Walked over to the little platform and suddenly thought, "Geez, can't this guy afford a second guitarist instead of a tape machine to play against?" But it quickly became apparent that he was the only guitarist there. Wow! He was playing two full parts at once, lead and rhythm, in the "sound holes" of each part. Yet he made everything look so simple and easy.
Listen to Elmira St. Boogie and Blues Newberg, *all the way through several times,* and hear a true artiste's soul come through more with each listening. The amazing technique, the build, the touch and feel, nothing overdone, perfect tones at each moment, all the nuances and subtleties...Perfection perfectly perfected."