Danny Golden is a singer/songwriter, a rock and roller and a lifelong searcher for truth and people to share it with. He says the artist’s job is to investigate the depths of our world and bring some meaning back to the surface. His music is an antidote to the status quo; the trendy internet fads we inhale like a fruity pebble flavored vape pen until the flavor runs out and we need a new fix. In a world of artists selling you their projected images of hip, Golden’s music invites you to real connection on a human level.
The spring of 2020 found Danny Golden sheltered at his parents home in Pittsburgh, PA — a place he had not lived since ten years earlier when he left for Colorado, then New York, and finally his home of the last five years, Austin, TX. He was putting the final touches on his most recent collection of recordings, and as the world fell apart outside, the uncertainty of the future weighed heavy. It had been a year and change since his last release. A listless year filled with one big break up, a million late nights on East 6th Street, lots of strangers, and very little music making. What remained as a postcard from that period was Changes, a collection of four songs, very different in sound, but all part of telling a story.
Following the spring release of the new EP, Golden has stayed busy playing shows and working on new music. That includes his new single “Las Vegas.” Today Glide is excited to offer an exclusive premiere of the track, which features dreamy guitar washing over you before Golden leans in with his honeyed vocals that also feel washed up and mournful as if he really did just experience a questionable weekend in Sin City. Twangy, airy guitar sounds bring to mind images of a desert sunset and cruising in a convertible. Infusing his music with indie rock, pop and Americana, Golden conjures up his own sound that features an appropriate amount of guitar rocking alongside lyrics that resonate as sharply as a strong hangover.
The song was recorded with Chris Boosahda, known for his work with Shakey Graves. “I’ve Known Chris Boosahda for a few years now but we never had the chance to work together as he was on the road with Shakey Graves 8-9 months out of the year,” Danny explains. “After almost a decade of touring, the pandemic gave him a much needed break from that schedule. He and I were catching up about a year into the pandemic and he mentioned being eager to get recording again. I jumped at the opportunity to work with him.”
“The song itself is an anti-Western,” says Danny. “The story i was playing with in my head was about being stuck in Las Vegas forever. I was thinking of someone reliving a groundhog day in Las Vegas and the different potential outcomes. I was imagining what it might be like for someone who was lucky, unlucky, rich, poor etc… Las Vegas is so full of material for artists. It’s a city of luck, sin, pleasure, misdirection, value, and emptiness. To me it’s a microcosm of America.”
Tour Dates (with David Ramirez):
9/13 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
9/14 – Colorado Springs, CO – Lulu’s Downstairs
9/16 – Wichita, KS – Wave Outdoor
9/17 – Fort Smith, AR – TempleLive
9/18 – Memphis, TN – Hernando’s Hideaway
9/19 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
9/24 – Chattanooga, TN – Songbirds
9/25 – Knoxville, TN – Pretentious Beer Co
9/27 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
9/29 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
9/30 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall
10/2 – Waco, TX – Common Grounds
10/3 – Denton, TX – Andy’s