Dan Patlansky / Thursday 15th March
Dan Patlansky - never far from like-minded genius, guitarist, singer songwriter, and globally respected purveyor of the blues, sidles into his second successive decade as one of the worlds finest blues-based storytellers of his generation.
Ever since his debut album, Standing at the Station, followed by his 2004 major label (Blue Note, EMI produced) masterstroke True Blues, Patlansky has immersed himself in the rich and rollicking world of blues rock music. In February 2005, and again in July 2006, Selwyn Miller, the New Orleans based manager of David Gates, Bread, Randy Crawford and Petula Clark (amongst others), took Patlansky to New Orleans to showcase his outstanding talent.
In 2006, Fender acknowledged his talent with a guitar and amp endorsement, making him only one of six on the continent to enjoy such a privilege.
As Dan settled into his groove, what followed was a barrage of brilliantly executed eclectic and acoustic blues albums. 2006 brought with Real, Move My Soul in 2009, 20 Stones in 2012, and the unplugged wonder of 2013s acoustically anchored Wooden Thoughts release.
With each new release, Patlanskys albums brought with him a tighter and more engaging lyrical twist and even more interesting turns, all of which led beautifully to his much anticipated 2014 full- electric album released in May. In December 2014, Dear Silence Thieves(produced by Theo Crous) was voted the #1 Blues Rock Album in the world released for 2014 by Blues Rock Review, alongside names such as Joe Bonamassa, Rival Sons, Devon Allman, The Black Keys, Philip Sayce, and many more.
After over a decade of making albums for us, Dans seventh album continues to deliver the goods that have made him the premier blues rock guitar player in South Africa, if not one of the top in the world. Kevin ORourke, Blues Rock Review
Patlansky started 2014 off with a bang when he was chosen to open for Bruce Springsteen in front of 64 000 people at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg in February on his High Hopes tour. Patlansky was personally approved by Springsteen as support act, seeing as Springsteen rarely has guest artists for his shows. A milestone, Patlansky played in front of the biggest audience of his career.
After touring Europe in 2013 with Everlast, Patlansky returned to the continent in October 2014 for another tour to promote Dear Silence Thieves. He impressed Norway when he headlined the Fjord Blues Festival with words such as magic and religious experience used to describe his performance.
With successful shows in the Netherlands and Germany, Patlansky ended his European tour by headlining Denmarks Horsens Blues Festival, where he played at the Showcase Stage in the basement in 2013.
After Dear Silence Thieves was voted the #1 Blues Rock Album in the world by Blues Rock Review in 2014, Patlansky received raving reviews in European and international press for the album. Dear Silence Thieves was released in the UK on 27 April 2015, the same day he performed a launch showcase concert at The Borderline in London. Dan also visited Europe in May, June and July and performed shows throughout the UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Germany.
In March 2015, legendary guitarist Joe Satriani announced Patlanksy as special guest on his UK Shockwave November 2015 tour which stretched over the course of 31 days, 10 countries and 25 shows.
In May 2016, Dan released the follow up album to Dear Silence Thieves with Theo Crous helming the production, entitledINTROVERTIGO. Patlansky used his personal life experiences as inspiration for the album to ultimately marry good songs with guitar playing, and the album has been received with critical acclaim both in SA and abroad.
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