With 10 studio albums to his name whilst receiving legendary status as globally respected purveyor of the blues for over 10 years, 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, as well as two worldwide #2, Best Blues Rock albums to his name, as voted by Blues Rock Review USA. His latest offering, SHELTER OF BONES, was released in February 2022.
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
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 9th 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 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 returned to the UK again in November 2018 for shows in Poland, Hungary and the UK. PERFECTION KILLS was voted #2 Best Blues Rock Album in 2018 by Blues Rock Review USA, with DAN being voted the 9th Best Blues Guitarist in the world by Total Guitar & Musicradar in December 2018. In 2019, he also won the SAMA Award for Best Rock Album for ‘Perfection Kills’.
DAN performed his full band electric live tour and Duo Electric shows during 2019 in South Africa, and also presented a sold out guitar workshops at Schorndorfer Gitarrentage in June 2019. He returned to the UK as special guest artist on WALTER TROUT’s UK Tour in October 2019.
In 2020, DAN focused on writing a brand new album and online teaching. He returned to touring South Africa late 2020 and throughout 2021.
DAN’s latest album and 10th studio offering, SHELTER OF BONES was released on 25 February 2022. SHELTER OF BONES was recorded over a three-year period from 2019-2021. “The pandemic allowed me to take my time, and really think about how I want the songs to come across,” reflects Patlansky. The album covers a three- year period of many ups and downs, and, as a result, the South African guitarist believes the process has been a very interesting journey.
“My goal is always to try make a record that I would want to listen to,” says Patlansky. “I’m very happy and proud of this album. I produced it myself because I wanted a very particular sound. On three of the tracks, I enlisted a good friend and ex-keyboard player from Hamburg, Tom Gatza, who brought a fresh feel to these songs, especially the ballads (I’ll Keep Trying and Shelter of Bones). The album is an accurate representation of who I am currently as an artist, which is a modern twist on what I love most, the Blues.”
He returned to the UK during March and April 2022 for an album launch tour with special guest, Arielle, followed by The Netherlands in late April. In 2022, DAN also performed in Budapest, Romania, Germany, Norway and Denmark.
In December 2022, SHELTER OF BONES was voted the #2 Best Blues Rock Album of 2022 by Blues Rock Review. It was also voted as one of the Top 5 Albums of 2022 by Classic Rock Magazine.
Shelter of Bones, The Album (2022)
VOTED #2 BEST BLUES ROCK ALBUM 2022 – BLUES ROCK REVIEW 2022
VOTED TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2022 – CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
Perfection Kills, The Album (2018)
VOTED #2 BEST BLUES ROCK ALBUM 2018 – BLUES ROCK REVIEW 2018
SAMA WINNER | BEST ROCK ALBUM 2019
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
Dan Patlansky, The Artist
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
NOMINATED ‘BEST INTERNATIONAL SOLO ARTIST’ – PLANET ROCK RADIO ‘ROCKS’ AWARDS, FEBRUARY 2016
NOMINATED AND RATED #2 IN THE CATEGORY OF TOP 5 ‘OVERSEAS ARTIST OF THE YEAR’ – BRITISH BLUES AWARDS, SEPTEMBER 2016
BEST BLUES PERFORMANCE OF 2017 – ISLINGTON ACADEMY, WRC
#9 BEST BLUES GUITARIST OF 2018 – TOTAL GUITAR & MUSICRADAR, DECEMBER 2018
20 Stones, The Album (2012)
UK ITUNES TOP TWENTY BLUES ALBUMS, NOVEMBER 2015
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