Clawhammer banjo player extraordinaireÂ Â Â Â
Danny Bakan (pronounce it Back - in) is a master at combining the richness of tradition with the innovation of individuality. With solid roots in traditional North American repertoire, a passionate love of music and charismatic natural presence, Bakan delivers songs that speak to a love of life in all its grand stupidity - songs that are funny, smart and touching.
On top of being a fine songster and wordsmith, Bakan breathes new life into the art of playing clawhammer style banjo. He seamlessly marries traditional "frailing" techniques with rock/pop aesthetics to pay homage to and transcend genre.
"Look at Danny Bakan's songs and you'll get a clue just how wide ranging he is. There's one about a rat named Patsy Cline and another about washing his laundry on Saturday night. Somehow its not surprizing to learn that he is a devotee of the clawhammer banjo and wrote his masters thesis on holistic and aesthetic paradigms in education..." Greg Burliuk, Kingston Whig Standard
Danny Bakan's lyrical sense is quirky and clever. The music has been described as having a "post-modern" aesthetic, crossing boundaries between the contemporary and the traditional with elequence and grace.
Smart, funny and rocking!
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Check out the artist's website:
1. Dance (with Old Molly Hare)
2. Wide Eyed Watching
3. The Dead Song
4. The Longest Day
5. Chrysanthemums & Roses
6. Past Life
7. The Rat Named Patsy Cline
8. Blame it on the Stars
9. I Did My Laundry On Saturday Night
13. Driving Back to You