Danny Golden doesn’t quite remember how he ended up in Austin, TX. There were a few years in Colorado playing bluegrass banjo, a stint in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA writing and forming his style, and couch surfing in Brooklyn while making his first album. Suddenly he found himself behind the wheel of his Nissan, halfway between New York and Texas, realizing he didn’t know a soul there. He just had a feeling it was the place for his music.
Jump ahead two years and you find him playing the Austin circuit with an amazing backing band: Spencer Garland (Black Pumas, Matthew Logan Vasquez, PR Newman), Jeff Olson (White Denim, Balmorhea) and Brendan Bond (Glorietta, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Golden Dawn Arkestra). Insert lifelong best friend and collaborator Ben Brown on lead guitar and you’ve got the band. Add Producer John Michael Landon, and help from a few friends including Mary Bryce (SMiiLE) and Evan Kaspar (Mother Falcon) and you have the full roster for Golden’s 2018 album Old Love.
Danny is a singer/songwriter, a rock and roller and a lifelong searcher for truth and people to share it with. He says the artist’s job is to investigate the depths of our world and bring some meaning back to the surface. His music is an antidote to the status quo; the trendy internet fads we inhale like a fruity pebble flavored vape pen until the flavor runs out and we need a new fix. In a world of artists selling you their projected images of hip, Golden’s music invites you to real connection on a human level.
Old Love is his exploration of relationships, of the situations we all find ourselves in when we let somebody into our life. It’s an investigation of the ancient binding force that has both inspired and confused us since the world began. It’s about clear-cut signs and gray areas. It’s about facing the daunting power of love and taking it head-on. It’s about the potential to be overwhelmed by that same love and walk away. It’s about figuring out your path and interacting with the temptations and distractions that get more fun and better looking every day.
Danny Golden’s music is an invitation to look at life through the artist’s eyes, to see more, and to see more clearly.