danny flanigan + the rain chorus
Louisville based poetically gifted singer/songwriter danny flanigan began playing guitar
at the age of 9 and was playing professionally at age 17. His passion for music has led
him to create scores of songs including 7 full-length albums. In 28 years he has given
nearly 3,000 live performances mostly in the Midwest region as a solo artist but also in
duo, trio, and quartet formats and with a full band.
danny studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the University of
Louisville’s School of Music.
The timeline goes something like: jamming with his older brothers in the living room - to
early garage bands - to lead guitarist in working top-40 bands - to regional success with
the 80’s college touring band Hopscotch Army. Starting in 1990, danny methodically
formed an impressively versatile band around his songwriting called The Rain Chorus (the
name borrowed from a Kurt Vonnegut novel). What makes the band special is it’s ability
to play to danny’s songs: from old-school folk - to modern singer/songwriter - to
americana - to straight-up or even edgy pop/rock songs. The band isn’t afraid to follow
danny. And danny isn’t afraid to follow the song.
The Rain Chorus are the featured musicians on all 4 of danny’s previously released fullyproduced
albums: Sun over Rain (1993) – Greathouse (1995) – Vernon’s Mud (2000) –
Live Lunch (2003)
For the new release, Hope Is A Word, danny set out to make a singer/songwriter record
(still fully produced) with a mostly acoustic/wooden/organic sound. The 12 tracks were
selected because “these songs all belong together - in some way or another - they all
contain the spirit of hope - of improving, fixing, bettering - in some way.” The album was
produced in Louisville by Danny Kiely and mixed in Nashville by David Henry (David
Mead, Josh Rouse) with additional mixing by Grammy award winner Vance Powell.
danny has performed with Bob Dylan, Shawn Colvin, Jonatha Brooke, the Wallflowers,
Subdudes, Edwin McCain, Patti Griffin, Del Amitri, Tuck & Patti, Leo Kottke, Ellis
Paul, Dan Bern, Leon Russell, Buddy & Julie Miller, the Replacements, Josh Rouse,
David Mead, Jeff Black, Dana Cooper, Suzy Boguss and many others.