When he was only 8 years old, Danny Black began learning to play guitar and sing harmony. Music quickly developed into an obsession and by the time he was a teenager Danny was playing in multiple touring bands, and spending nearly every waking moment developing his craft. After years of hard tours and recording sessions, Black found success as a founding member of the band Good Old War and as Joshua Radin's sideman. Danny has shared the stage with artists like Alison Krauss & Union Station, Brandi Carlile, Counting Crows, Josh Ritter, Guster, The Head and the Heart and many more. In between commitments, Black found time to record two instrumental solo albums that sent him on extensive tours - culminating in an opening slot for Gregory Alan Isakov. In contrast to Good Old War’s brand of folky-harmony laden pop, these solo albums are made up of intricate guitar pieces that take the listener on cinematic adventures in sound.
With the release of his last two instrumental albums Adventure Soundtrack and Themes, Danny has generated over 5 million streams and featured on numerous Spotify playlists like Electric Relaxation and Indie Folk for Focus. After developing his immersive instrumental soundscapes, Danny found a new sound to build on with his 3rd solo album, Black Ryno.
On Black Ryno, Danny Black’s listeners will immediately hear a shift in musical style, most noticeably being no instrumental pieces. Danny now evolves from his signature solo guitar pieces by adding on lead vocals and performing all the instruments on the album, aside from drums which are all performed by Ryan Zimmaro (of Vacationer). Black reflects on the songwriting process: “I planned on making a heavier album with Ryno (Ryan Zimmaro) on drums and reaching out to singers to re-sing my ideas. But when I listened back, my placeholder vocals sounded good to me.” Zimmaro’s relentless, groove based drumming is also a notable addition to the overall sound on the record. “Ryan and I only had to spend one day together. He came over and I recorded him playing beats off the top of his head. We had an absolute blast. He’s such an inspiring player that it was easy for me to write to.” Other notable additions to the album include a cameo appearance by Good Old War frontman Keith Goodwin on the track “Immoral Guidance”.
Good Old War, Anthony Green, Vacationer, Joshua Radin, Josh Ritter, Gang of Four, Fugazi, Local Natives, Jr Jr, The Head and The Heart, Foals