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The world can’t get enough of South African blues-rock wizard Dan Patlansky

The South African guitar virtuoso Dan Patlansky has been the support act for Joe Satriani’s last twenty five dates of this European Tour. PATLANSKY was selected by the legendary Satriani as special guest on the European and UK legs of his Shockwave Tour 2015 taking in twenty five shows across ten countries from 9 October to 10 November 2015.
Amidst ave reviews from European music press on the back of this tour, PATLANSKY’s 2015 UK album release ‘Dear Silence Thieves’, and 2012 album ’20 Stones’ both also reached the UK ITunes Top Twenty Blues Albums in the first week of November 2015.
PATLANSKY has also confirmed headline performances at London’s renowned venue The Borderline, as well as at the Planet Rockstock Festival in Wales in December 2015. An eight-show joint tour with British blues rockers King King in May 2016 as well as a further eighteen European shows in June 2016 are confirmed as part of the European launch of his new album ‘INTRO-VERTIGO’ which is being released worldwide in March 2016.
The world can’t seem to get enough of South African blues-rock wizard Dan Patlansky at the moment and fans in the USA can look forward to a US Tour announcement in the very near future.

Press Quotes

“Everyone is talking about this South African singer/guitarist these days. You will be too after you’ve wrapped eardrums around this potent dose of blues rock.” The Blues Magazine UK, August 2015
“Dan Patlansky showed the way of the future for guitaring and Satch showed off the last 20 years of pure skill and raw talent. I more than just enjoyed this show… I respected it.” Manchester Rocks, November 2015
“Dan Patlansky entered the stage and introduced himself with a soothing voice… the guitar work was face-melting.” Metal Recusants, November 2015
“Dan Patlansky pulls the strap off his guitar. It’s a sure sign that something spectacular is about to happen, even though the musician has already won over Joe Satriani’s fans.” Graffiti.Punctuated, November 2015

Awards, Nominations & Ratings

Dear Silence Thieves, The Album –
  • Voted Best Blues Rock Album 2014 – Blues Rock Review
  • UK iTunes Top Twenty Blues Albums, November 2015
  • Hot Contender in ‘Album of the Year’ Category – Blues & Soul Magazine, December 2015
  • Album Named #41 in Classic Rock Magazine’s ’50 Best Albums of 2015′ – Classic Rock Magazine, December 2015
20 Stones, The Album –
  • UK ITunes Top Twenty Blues Albums, November 2015
Dan Patlansky –
  • Top 20 Blues Rock Artist – Blues Magazine 2015
  • Male Artist of the Year – Blues & Soul Magazine, December 2015
  • #4 of 10 Best Rock Guitarists in the World – Total Guitar Magazine, December 2015


Never far from likeminded genius, guitarist, singer/songwriter and globally respected purveyor of the blues, Dan Patlansky sidles into his second successive decade as one of the world’s 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, Dan Patlansky has been immersing 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.
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As Dan settled into his groove, what followed was a barrage of brilliantly executed eclectic and acoustic blues albums. 2006 brought with RealMove My Soul in 2009, 20 Stones in 2012, and the unplugged wonder of 2013’s acoustically anchored Wooden Thoughts release.
With each new release, Patlansky’s 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 nr. 1 Blues Rock Album in the world released for 2014 by BLUES ROCK REVIEW/USA, 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, Dan’s 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 O’Rourke, Blues Rock Review, USA.
Dan 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. Dan was personally approved by Springsteen as support act, seeing as Springsteen rarely has guest artists for his shows. Also a milestone for Dan’s career when he played in front of the biggest audience he has ever played to.
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After touring Europe in 2013 with Everlast, Dan returned to the continent in October 2014 for another tour to promote Dear Silence Thieves internationally. He impressed Norway when he headlined theFJORD BLUES FESTIVAL with words such as ‘magic’ and ‘religious experience’ used to describe his performance.
With successful shows in the Netherlands and Germany, Dan ended his European tour by headlining the HORSENS BLUES FESTIVAL in Denmark, a festival where he played at the ‘Showcase Stage’ in the basement in 2013.
After Dear Silence Thieves was voted the nr. 1 Blues/ Rock Album in the world by Blues Rock Review USA in 2014, Dan 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 in the UK, Poland, The Netherlands and Germany.
In March 2015, legendary guitarist JOE SATRIANI announced Dan Patlanksy as special guest on his UK Shockwave November 2015 tour. The tour stretched over the course of 31 days, 10 countries and 25 shows with Dan Patlansky as guest.
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In April 2016, Dan will release the follow up album to Dear Silence Thieves with Theo Crous helming the production.
Dan is kicking off 2016 with his Sweet Home Africa Solo Acoustic Tour and in May 2016, Dan will be performing as special guest on award-winning Blues Rock band, KING KING’s nationwide UK tour.


  • Dear Silence Thieves (2014)
  • Wooden Thoughts (2013)
  • 20 Stones (2012)
  • Move My Soul (2009)
  • Real(2006)
  • True Blues (2004)
  • Standing at the Station(1999)
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Watch the “Backbite” & “Fetch your spade” official music videos, from the new album, dear silence thieves, on Youtube.
Fetch Your Spade
Backbite was the first single released off Dan Patlansky’s latest album, Dear Silence Thieves, followed by Fetch your spade, the second single off the album. The album was nominated as 2014’s #1 Blues Album by Blues Rock Review-USA.

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Dan Patlansky Management:

Franie Kotze
Clear Entertainment
Email: franie@danpatlansky.com
Tel: +27 (0)82 457 9460

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South Africa
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United Kingdom
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Noble PR
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Tel: 0794 908 9762
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