Danny Click & The Hell Yeahs
STU ALLEN & MARS HOTEL, Elliott Peck
Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:30 PM PDT
(7:30 PM Doors)
Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
21 years and over
UNTIL a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin’s best-kept secrets, a musician’s musician who’d won the respect of some of alt-country’s biggest names but hadn’t yet found widespread recognition. That changed when Click's CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April, 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, pop, and Americana radio charts.
The first single, "Wait My Turn", reached #1 on Nashville’s Indie World Country Chart, and the second single, “I Feel Good Today”, topped out at #14 on the NMW national Country chart along side Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.
Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, have played more than 350 packed house shows over the past three years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and Sonny Landreth.
What's causing all the buzz? First, there's Click's sound - a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected country rock. Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click's searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray and David Lindley, and you've got at least part of the picture.
Then there are Click's live shows; an anything-can- happen mix of stellar songwriting alternating with blistering blues-rock. When Click brings it down with the strings-inflected "Blue Skies", you can hear every breath in the room; when he launches into the infectious "Wait My Turn," there's not one person who can stay seated.
Lastly, there's his songwriting. Continuing in the tradition of the Texas greats, Click pens wide open songs deeply rooted in a life well-lived. Growing up in a small farm community outside Indianapolis, Click was the youngest of nine children in a working class family. He was gigging in his older sister's country and western band before he was out of high school. Click moved to Austin, where his three-piece alt-country outfit, Danny and the Hurricanes, was a local phenomenon. He then spent three years with Americana artist Jimmy LaFave.
Life Is A Good Place is the payoff, putting Click squarely in the upper echelon musically and lyrically. From its radio perfect songs to the sparse stories taken from real life, it leaves you filled with hope and a new respect for the human condition. In 2014, Danny and band released a ripping live CD, ‘Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! ~ Captured LIVE!’
In April 2015, Danny and band finished a brand new studio album, ‘Holding up the Sun’ with legendary producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, etc.) which was released worldwide on Sept. 18 2016 and is still on radio charts and DJ playlists across the country. The title track reached #1 on Indie Country radio in July 2016. In 2016, Click’s songs were broadcast, downloaded and streamed over 1 million times.Hell Yeah indeed.