What Dan Patlansky can do with a six-string Fender Stratocaster at the age of 29, most critically acclaimed guitarists will never quite achieve in a lifetime. In only ten years on the music scene, Dan Patlansky is one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa.
Constant touring as a teenager won Dan the hearts of even the most hardened blues critics. In the winter of 2001, ‘Standing at the Station’ was released; being a completely independent album, many were surprised at its amazing success. After receiving word that Readers’ Choice had voted him “Best Blues Guitarist in Southern Africa”, the way was paved for further releases, including ‘True Blues’ and ‘Real’. Fender recognised Dan’s fiery playing and offered him an endorsement deal to promote Fender guitars and amplifiers. Dan is one of only six Fender-endorsed guitarists in South Africa.
Dan has played, and more often than not headlined, every major venue and music festival in South Africa, and continues to tour extensively everywhere from small towns to big cities, locally and abroad. Over the years, he has shared the stage many times with legendary blues artists and guitarists such as Larry Amos, Julian Laxton, Steve Fataar, Cedric Sampson, Valiant Swart and Alistair Coakley.