The foundation behind upstate New York’s Danny Whitecotton is that of a wanderer who made his way from Texas in 2009. He brought with him the fundamentals he learned from listening to great Texas singer-songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Robert Earl Keen Jr. and combined them with unique folk styles of the northeast.
Most recently, Danny has been featured at the historic Caffe Lena, Hudson Music Fest, and the outdoor Bennington Summer Concert Series. His songs have been featured on the radio along with features on the Crumbs.net podcast, and Local 518 show on Albany’s 97.7 WEXT.
Danny’s sound is unique and has been described by Albany’s Times Union Newspaper as “sad and and sorrowful” but “there is always a hint of hope lingering.”. At times his finger picking acoustic style is so nuanced that the most raucous crowds become quiet just to listen then are jolted back by some of Danny’s foot tapping rhythms and catchy lyrics. The songs have a familiarity that people connect with instantly and it isn’t unusual to have them humming in your head days after. However, trying to pin him to an artist he sounds like is difficult. Like Danny’s trip to the northeastern United States, his folk driven genre meanders between the influences of his past. While he says he doesn’t mind the comparison to other folk artists the real truth is that this is a unique singer-songwriter with a style all his own. If you haven’t heard Danny Whitecotton yet, you are missing out.