Ham Jam House Concert
Danny Fast Fingers
Danny Fast Fingers will play a fine acoustic concert on Saturday,
October 18th, at 7:00 PM.
The Ham Jam House welcomes Danny Fast Fingers to perform
an involving solo concert in his second appearance in the Ham Jam House series.
A Quick Bio Of DANNY FAST FINGERS...
The year 2012 finds Danny Fast Fingers living in Austin, Texas and
promoting his latest album "Two Angels" . Recorded at The Zone in
Dripping Springs, and coproduced with Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer,
Jamie Oldaker ,Danny uses his multi-instrumental abilities to the max
utilizing acoustic, electric 12 string guitars, organ, pedal steel,
bass, banjo and electric sitar. Jamie lent his many years of experience
to the sessions laying down a solid foundation on drums and percussion.
In the past, Jamie has worked with stellar musicians including Eric
Clapton, Bob Seger, and Ace Frehle and The Tractors.
Danny is also joined on these recordings with his bass player for the
past 3 years Debra Parr. They perform live as a duo and also as a
trio with drummer David Hisky. The past 3 years have found them playing
in many venues in the Austin area.
At the age of 8 a desire to learn how to play guitar led to three years
of guitar lessons, studying Mel Bay method books and The Monkees
greatest hits. First fret barre chords on a 1968 Harmony Acoustic led
to a cessation of lessons. Listening to Cream's Disraeli Gears, Led
Zeppelin II, the Woodstock album and 45's from his older brothers record
collection opened his ears to various styles of rock music.
Spanish 102 college final at Boston University led to his picking up
guitar to accompany a fellow classmate's rendition of Spanish folk songs.
It was a rediscovery of his love for the guitar that has led to non
stop playing since 1977. He spent many hours practicing scales, arpeggios
and chords and learning songs from records. A summer semester at Berklee
College of Music in 1979 opened up his ears and eyes to the requirements
of being a proficient player. He's been writing songs since 1979 and
has recorded independent vinyl and cd's since then.
Danny found himself in a string of bands in the early 80's starting
with The Rayons, Dissidents, The Touch, Kaminsrock, and evolved as a multi-instrumentalist adding bass, synthesizers, drum machine, saxophone
to his arsenal.
A 7" 45 entitled "Kool Aid and Cyanide"/"To Be Inside You" independantyl
released in 1981 under the name DISSIDENTS showed his influence of 60's garage/punk/powerpop, balancing his themes of social criticism along with
romantic love songs.
1986 found Danny exploring the techno pop genre in the project Danish
Sky with the "Attack of the Killer Robots" 12 inch single and accompanying
video which received widespread play nationally on college radio and dance
clubs. It was innovative combining acoustic guitar with heavy drum machine
beats. The video charted on ROCKAMERICA as a top 10 video.
All the while maintaining his solo performer roots, Danny played a string
of 17 shows at the famous CBGB Canteen in the late 80's and early 90's.
Danny worked at Unique Recording in NYC in from 1988 to 1989 and second
assisted on many recording sessions including Nine Inch Nails, Tackhead,
Donny Wahlberg, and Steve Arrington.
2 yearsof living in Northern California beginning in 1992 brought Danny
back to his "folk" roots and his release "Mad River" showcased his
barebones guitar and vocal arrangements which was received with high
acclaim in Humboldt County.
A return to New York in 1994 found him continuing his solo career in
East Village hot spots. An interest in sitar evolved into guest
performances on friend's recording sessions.
Collections of songs were his goal and he has many released and unreleased projects.
1998's Songs For Milton was recorded on a 4 track Portastudio at home
and holds up to this day as an organic 18 song collection straight from
the studio in the basement of his parent's house in New York.
Danny released his CD "Sitardelik" in 2001. It showcased his sitar
playing blended with electronically looped backbeats.
He has recorded 2 other cd's since moving to Austin in August 2006.
Danny was recorded in 2006 at Top Hat Recording with the rhythm section
of Gene Kurtz and Herb Belofsky both formerly of Dale Watson's band.
Snake Head Red was recorded in 2008 at Flash Point Recording.
The 21st Century has brought Danny's songwriting to a new level. His
forte continues to be clever lyrics combined with memorable melodies.
His rhythmic strumming style on 12 string gets an audience tapping
on their feet. Since moving to Austin he has broadened his music
influences and absorbed the many styles of Texas music into his own.
Last But Not Least...
Growing up in the 60's has had a profound effect on his music and Danny
counts the Beatles as a main influence as well as Bob Dylan and Neil
Young. In addition, garage, surf, and bubble gum rock find their way
into his songwriting styles.
Danny is a fan of many styles of music from around the world ranging
from Indian to Jamaican to Country/Western. He counts Ravi Shankar,
Augustus Pablo, Buck Owens, Tommy James, and Sly Stone among his influences.
Danny was the creator of the innovative Fast Fingers Music Software
MIDI Keyboard Lessons first published in 1984. This software was one of
the earliest Music Education software products to be marketed nationally
and was featured in Electronic Musician magazine.
Danny Fast Fingers continues to grow as a songwriter, musician and
performer and is poised for further recognition in and beyond Austin, Texas.
2010 Two Angels
2008 Snake Head Red
2004 Sunburst Cherry
1999 Peaches and Cream
1998 Songs For Milton
1996 Darker Than Dark
1993 Mad River
1986 12" single Attack of The Killer Robots
1981 7" single Kool Aid and Cyanide/To Be Inside You
“decent 12 string guitar”
-- Austin Chronicle
“quite interesting to listen to”
-- Houston Music Reviews
“‘60s style pop rock”
-- KOOP Austin, TX
“ a very special guitarist”/”very unique blend of quirky tunes, humorous
lyrics, simple melodies, and funny funk”
-- Muses Muse.com
Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$15 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!