Danny Click onstage at Rancho Nicasio, Marin County, California, November 2012
December 5, 1960 |
Tipton, Indiana, United States
|Genres||Blues, alternative country, country rock|
|Associated acts||Danny and the Hurricanes, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs!, Danny Click and the Americana Orchestra|
Danny Click (born December 5, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter and blues guitarist born in Tipton, Indiana. After moving to Austin, Texas, Click played with a number of local aggregations, including a stint as guitarist in Jimmy LaFave's touring band. He has recorded five albums. Since moving to California in 2006, he leads Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs!
Danny Click was born and raised in a working-class family outside Indianapolis, Indiana, the youngest of nine children. He began playing guitar at age 6, and played in his older sister's band when he was in high school. Click also learned some mandolin and lap steel.
When he was 10, his father and one of his brothers died, a tragedy that inspired "Ten Years," one of several autobiographical songs on the album Life Is A Good Place.
Discussing his early influences, he says "I still remember the exact moment I heard "Sultans of Swing" for the first time. Changed my musical life. And I remember listening to Abraxas and putting up black-light posters! So many great bands that helped me think differently," he said.
Click credits such musicians and bands as Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Duane Allman, David Lindley, Ry Cooder, Santana, Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits for inspiring him musically. Additional influences include The Beatles, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Freddie King, Jeff Beck fellow Hoosier John Mellencamp and fellow Austinite Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Recording and performing
His career was put on hold for two years after he was rear-ended by an 18- wheeler in his Honda Civic in 1995. After going through two years of therapy, he was able to return to the stage in 1998.
Click moved to Marin County, California, in 2006. He formed Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! in 2011. It included Marin County musician Bonnie Hayes (keyboards, backing vocals), until her departure in August 2013 to take the position of chair of the songwriting department at the Berklee College of Music. The rest of the band comprises Kevin Hayes (drums), Don Bassey (bass, backing vocals), Adrienne Biggs Tennant (violin), Lynn Asher (backing vocals), and Jon Mitguard (pedal steel). The band's lineup is not entirely static. Other members have included Steve Abramson (keyboards), Tracy Blackman (guitar, backing vocals), Ernest Carter (drummer), Mike Emerson (keyboards), Jennifer Jane (vocals), and Paul Revelli (drums), as well as frequent guest musicians.
Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! took up residency at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax, California, eventually branching out to larger venues, including Terrapin Crossroads and George's Nightclub in San Rafael, California, The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, The Sweetwater Music Hall, and 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California.
Click's CD Life Is A Good Place remained on Country, Pop and Americana radio charts for over 10 consecutive months, with the first single, "Wait My Turn" reaching #1 on the Indie World Country chart in Nashville, and the second single, "I Feel Good Today" reaching #14 on the NMW national mainstream Country radio chart.
Click released a two-song "single" on April 19, 2013, entitled "Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley's Grave," backed with an acoustic version of "Blue Skies."
Click released Captured Live! in March 2014, recorded Sept. 6, 2013 at 142 Throckmorton, meant to "capture the whole Hell Yeah! thing live." The album was engineered by Mat Cohen, and was initially financed by a Kickstarter campaign. 
Click's live shows have drawn surprise guest appearances by a number of artists, including Carlos Santana, Elvin Bishop, James Nash of The Waybacks, and Angela Strehli, as well as drawing audience members such as Mort Sahl, Anna Halprin, and Robin Williams. He has been a frequent guest in appearances with Phil Lesh at Terrapin Crossroads, beginning in February 2014.
- Forty Miles (1999 - Dogstar Records)
- Night of the Living Guitars (2001 - Appaloosa/I.R.D 2000)
- Elvis the Dog (2003 - Dogstar Records)
- Life Is a Good Place (2011 - Dogstar Records)
- Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley's Grave Single. (2013 - Dogstar Records)
- Captured Live! (2014 - Dogstar Records)
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