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Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Danny O'Keefe on Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan, and the NRA

Well done! I'm not that familiar (I humbly confess) with Danny's music but what a fascinating interview/read. Thanks to both of you!  

Really fine interview and thoughtful insight from Danny...thanks Gary.  Fascinating to find out he's a jazz fan...He's right about Jeff Beck too...

I loved when he talked about Kind of Blue, and about the Reverend Davis...knows he can't do that, so he has to figure out what he can do to move people...here's hoping he makes the records he's still got in his head...

 

Thanks so much for this article and interview with one of the great, and underrated Northwest artists. I was especially glad to learn he released a new album in 2015. When he mentioned the NW guitarist Rich Dangle it was rather curious because I had never heard of him before this weekend when I happened to pick up a used 1997 CD called "Above & Beyond" by another underrated NW artist--the singer Kathi McDonald. It is a terrific album featuring Rich Dangle but also Brian Auger and Lee Oskar. She moved from here to San Francisco in the 60s and became a much-booked back-up singer and became an Ikette for awhile and also joined Leon Russell's circle and was part of the Mad Dogs and Englishman tour. She has a strong, emotive vocal style so her relative obscurity is a shame. Like O'Keefe I suspect she just hasn't been that good at promoting herself and since she lives again in the Seattle area but sings mostly blues and roots music instead of the types that are well-known from this area, that hasn't helped either.

Gary,

I'm helping with publicity for FAR-West (part of Folk Alliance International).  FAR-West is awarding Danny O'Keefe their "Best Of The West" award at their 2016 conference to be held October 13-16 at the Bellevue Hyatt, Bellevue, WA.  We love your interview with Danny and wondered if there is some way to get Danny and the conference a little more publicity in No Depression.  I don't see that they take press releases.  In the alternative, I have written a little story about the conference that they might print (or not).  Have you any suggestions on how we can get this a little more publicity.  The idea would be to publicize the O'Keefe award, as well as let potential registrants know about the conference, and to clue the public in to the three nights of official and venue showcases.  Any help would be lovely.   My email: laineyballew@gmail.com. Thanks, Lainey Ballew. 

I bought this heretofor unknown about release from this great artist and I must say it's the best album I've heard in a long time. Just excellent throughout from every perspective: the quality of the songwriting, the beautiful arrangements and Danny's great singing. This artist deserves so much more attention than he gets. He lives here in the NW but I never see mention of him or any gigs he's playing. Thanks so much for alerting me to this release. And Hal and Jim--drop whatever you're doing and order this album!

Ordered!

I do believe you will be pleased. I'm glad you realized what album I was talking about since I didn't name it and remembered belatedly that this posting wasn't about his 2015 album but just mentioned it.

Had to go back and look at the article to be sure...as you said, not brand new...but it's new if you haven't heard it...

I've always liked Danny O'Keefe's music and always picked up his LPs and cassettes when I found them in used record stores, knowing that there would be good stuff there. I'm glad to know he is still writing and it was fascinating to hear his influences. I'll search for Light Leaves the West.