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Rick Danko article

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by the rocket, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. treekiller


    Mar 4, 2010
    Thanks much for posting this! Rick Danko gets overlooked far too often as does another favorite of mine, Carl Radle. :cool:
  2. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
    Thanks man, I just quoted you on facebook. I will be going to school on your piece very soon. Now if I can only find a pick somewhere . . .

    "The Band was made up of five musicians who had truly unique and individual voices on their instruments, but they were five parts of the same machine—and they were making that machine work like crazy."
  3. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
    "My favorite Danko lines are "The Shape I'm In", "Ophelia" and "King Harvest". Great, great stuff!
  4. Interesting! I wrote a similar article on Carl Radle last year.

    A Lesson in Carl Radle's Style | Bass Musician
  5. Yeah, Ophelia is such a great groove. Someone should put together a whole book of his bass lines. So many good ones!
  6. treekiller


    Mar 4, 2010
  7. greggster59


    Oct 31, 2006
    New Jersey
    This is great! Thanks.
  8. hec86


    Dec 6, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    He was a great bassist and vocalist. I love his line on 'Revolution Blues' on Neil Young's 'On the Beach'.
  9. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    Very cool, Danko and Radle are two of my favorites.
  10. AlvarHanso


    Jun 20, 2011
    Thanks for this and the transcriptions, especially Life is a Carnival! That line absolutely kills me. I have no idea how he plays that funky groove in the midst of all else going on around it. Danko is one of the most underrated bassists of all time, especially considering how incredible his band was. (And you're right about Garth, too. His solos come out of nowhere and sometimes include such dissonant passages before resolving perfectly that his musicianship is astounding.)
  11. Thanks everybody! I'm glad the article is helpful (or at least interesting). Danko had such a creative and unique approach to the instrument. It was a lot of fun getting to spend the time transcribing and writing about his bass lines. And I'm really glad there is still an audience for an article about him!
  12. DHowardAir


    Apr 26, 2009
    Tulsa, OK

    AGREED 110% !!
  13. Tele295


    Jan 8, 2002
    Ventura, CA
    I read through that article and Danko'd my brains out at our gig this weekend. The band really dug it.

    Iagree that somebody needs to write a full book on "How to Danko". In addition to the aforementioned "Ophelia," "Shape," "King Harvest," I'd like to see "Don't Do It," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Rag Mama Rag", and "Time to Kill"