With 9 studio albums to his name and for the last ten years receiving legendary status as globally respected purveyor of the blues, guitarist, singer/songwriter DAN PATLANSKY is one of the world’s finest blues-based storytellers of his generation. Voted the #4 Best Guitarist in the world, DAN remains the only artist in the world with two worldwide #1 Best Blues Rock albums to his name, as voted by Blues Rock Review USA.
In February 2014 DAN was chosen to open for BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in front of 64 000 people at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, the biggest audience he has ever played to, on his High Hopes tour. DAN was personally approved by Springsteen as support act, seeing as Springsteen rarely has guest artists for his shows.
With a barrage of brilliantly executed electric and acoustic blues rock albums released since 1999, DAN’s albums brought with him a tighter and more engaging lyrical twist and even more interesting turns with each release, which 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 by BLUES ROCK REVIEW/USA, alongside names such as Joe Bonamassa, Rival Sons, Devon Allman, The Black Keys, Philip Sayce, and many more.
DAN received raving reviews in European and international press for DEAR SILENCE THIEVES which was released in the UK on 27 April 2015, the same day he performed a launch showcase concert at The Borderline in London, followed by performances in the UK, Poland, The Netherlands and Germany.
In March 2015, legendary guitarist JOE SATRIANI announced DAN PATLANKY as special guest on his UK Shockwave November 2015 tour. The tour 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, entitled INTROVERTIGO. 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.
DAN performed as special guest on award-winning Blues Rock band, KING KING’s nationwide UK tour in May 2016, performing 26 shows over the course of May and June 2016 in Germany Netherlands and the UK.
He completed 2016 on a high note when INTROVERTIGO was voted as the #1 Blues Rock Album in the world by BLUES ROCK REVIEW/USA, becoming the first artist ever to place #1 on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums Of The Year twice. The album was also voted #8 of the Top 15 albums of 2016 by Blues Magazine.
DAN returned to the UK in April / May 2017 and again in November 2017 as special guest on Joanne Shaw Taylor’s tour.
DAN PATLANSKY‘s latest new album, PERFECTION KILLS was released worldwide on 2 February 2018. The album was recorded at Scherzo Productions, a recording studio in Dan’s home town of Pretoria, South Africa. All the songs on PERFECTION KILLS were recorded and engineered by Jaco Naudé at Scherzo Productions, mixed by Stefan Swart in South Africa and mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering U.S.A.
DAN produced the album himself, something he hasn’t done in years. “I learnt so much working with Theo Crous, who was the producer on my previous two albums, ‘Dear Silence Thieves’ and ‘Introvertigo‘. I worked on pre-production and songwriting with Theo on a couple of the tracks for ‘Perfection Kills’ and applied what I learnt to the recording and production process of the album.” says Dan.
What sets the new album apart from its predecessors is the honesty and live sound of the songs. DAN specifically recorded the 10 tracks to come across very close to what they will sound like when performing them live. PERFECTION KILLS is an album he has wanted to make for a few years now, setting out get the sound and production in his head across to listeners in a raw and charmingly rough way.
DAN returned to the UK during March 2018 where he played a SOLD OUT album launch tour for PERFECTION KILLS, followed by a South African launch tour when he returned home. He will be returning to the UK again in November 2018 for shows in Poland, Hungary and the UK.
AWARDS, NOMINATIONS & RATINGS:
Introvertigo, The Album (2016)
VOTED BEST BLUES ROCK ALBUM 2016 – BLUES ROCK REVIEW 2016
VOTED #8 OF TOP 15 ALBUMS OF 2016 – BLUES MAGAZINE 2016
Dear Silence Thieves, The Album (2014)
VOTED BEST BLUES ROCK ALBUM 2014 – BLUES ROCK REVIEW 2014
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 (2012)
UK ITUNES TOP TWENTY BLUES ALBUMS, NOVEMBER 2015
TOP 20 BLUES ROCK ARTISTS – BLUES MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 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