Danny Gatton

The Hum­bler

Guitarist - - Feature -

Like his fel­low Tele­caster ge­nius Roy Buchanan, Danny Gatton would chase wider recog­ni­tion through­out his ca­reer only to die in tragic cir­cum­stances. Gatton was a walk­ing, pick­ing com­pen­dium of clas­sic Amer­i­can gui­tar styles with rock­a­billy be­ing his true love. Orig­i­nally, only avail­able as a boot­leg, The Hum­bler cap­tures an ’83 live date with State­side Shakin’ Stevens, Robert Gor­don. The live set is great but it’s the sound­check record­ing, chris­tened Fin­gers On Fire, that shows just what Gatton was ca­pa­ble of. The tape was passed be­tween gob­s­macked gui­tar stu­dents for years. It’s pure, un­fil­tered great­ness at points. Stand­out track: Fin­gers On Fire Tech­nique take-home: Learn to switch be­tween gen­res on a dime like Danny

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