Bill Danoff and his son Owen Danoff take the stage at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Tickets & reservations: 410-795-1041.
BILL DANOFF & OWEN DANOFF
Tickets $20.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
“I have great respect for Bill as a songwriter, He has written some of my favorite songs and one of my most successful songs, “Take Me Home Country Roads.” ~ John Denver. Bill Danoff has been extraordinarily successful on the international stage. He has been singing and writing songs since the late 1960s when he performed and co-wrote songs with John Denver. When Bill and his then partner, Taffy Nivert, invited Denver to help them finish writing a song, little did anyone know that the song would soar to the top of the charts. “Take Me Home Country Roads” catapulted John Denver into national prominence. Another Danoff-Nivert song, “I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado” was recorded by Denver and it became the theme song of Colorado. And with Emmylou Harris, he wrote her hit, “Boulder to Birmingham. In 1976, using Fat City as the core, Bill added Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman to form the Starland Vocal Band, which quickly gained national fame with the monster hit, “Afternoon Delight.” The band recorded for John Denver’s Windsong label. Starland recorded five albums and toured the major clubs, concert halls, arenas and festivals throughout the United States. Bill’s songs, “Afternoon Delight,” “Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight,” “Late Nite Radio” and “Friends with You” led to 5 Grammy Nominations, 2 Grammy Awards, (Best New Artist of the Year and Best Arrangement for Voices) 2 ASCAP Awards for Outstanding Country Song and 3 Top 10 country hits. There were numerous television appearances including the Tonight Show, the Merv Griffin Show (“I remember watching these shows all those years ago…” Joyce) and their own CBS series, The Starland Vocal Band Show, that among other things, introduced neophyte comedian David Letterman to the public. In 1990, Bill released his first solo recording for his own Watch Your Head Music Company, SOUVENIR, which contains his new folk classic “Potter’s Wheel” also recorded by Denver, Freyda and Acoustic AttaTude and others. The timelessness of Bill Danoff’s songs continues to be proven. “Afternoon Delight” is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and can be heard in hit movies like “Good Will Hunting” and “Boogie Nights” and Bill sang it for classmate President William Clinton at the Class of 1968 25th Reunion at The White House. He appeared in the film “TIN MEN” (1987) with Richard Dreyfus and Danny DeVito. Bill’s outstanding solo acoustic act combines his songwriting skills with his formidable ability to entertain. It’s pop, country, rock and roll and folk, all woven together. Bill possesses a remarkable storytelling ability as he recounts tales of how these songs come to be. His deep, rich voice can deliver every emotional nuance of a sensitive ballad and then swing into rock-and -roll raucous. His guitar accompaniment moves from delicate finger picking into percussive slaps and strums as the music demands. His lyrics range from the haunting to the hilarious with songs like the thought- provoking “Potter’s Wheel” or the irreverent “You Gotta Love The Irish” which instantly got him banned from the first place he performed it. Bill’s shows, like his songs, are sparkling with wit, comprised of exceptional music and definitely should not be missed.
Washington D.C. native, Berklee College of Music graduate, and 2012-13 Strathmore Artist in Residence Owen Danoff was born with song in his blood. Son of the renounced singer/songwriter, Bill Danoff, Owen has developed his own musical identity. Thoughtful lyrics combine with a love for good musicianship and catchy melodies to create a unique blend of pop/folk music, though Owen’s lifelong love of rock is ever evident in a live setting. As a singer/songwriter and bass player, Owen has made the rounds of the local venues. From his first D.C. area show at Jammin’ Java to performances at the 9:30 Club, the Hamilton, and the RFK Stadium grounds, he has performed on nearly every major stage in the local scene.Owen’s newest release, Never Trust a Man EP, is a wistful look at love, loss, and regret, featuring evocative vocal performances and finely crafted lyrics. “An unlikely combination of frank and downcast lyrics about love gone terribly awry delivered over bright folk pop melodies punctuates Owen Danoff’s latest EP release. Songs like “Have I Ever Fallen” are delivered with sneaky gravitas akin to the emotional crescendo and decrescendo of the most potent of carnival amusements. Danoff is a nimble guitarist as well, his melodies the stuff of ear-worming relaxation. With this top-notch contribution to the local scene, Danoff is worthy of attention.” ~ On Tap Online
Bill Danoff “Take Me Home, Country Roads”[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBN3PSNCr1Q&rel=0]
Owen Danoff “Slip Slidin’ Away”[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nYppO62QBE&rel=0]