"The Greatest Guitar Player You've Never Heard”—The Washington Post
That's how the press labeled DC's own "Telecaster Master," the late Danny Gatton. He wasn't the first to be labeled that way and he probably won't be the last. Gatton was the preeminent artist of a uniquely Washington DC sound—a virtuosic blend of rock and roll, jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, and soul. He said it came from the Anacostia Delta. The music scene he championed was hugely influential and it thrives today—admired by musicians world-wide but barely recognized at home.
That's all about to change.
Anacostia Delta is a forthcoming documentary film exploring Gatton’s musical legacy and the remarkable Washington DC music scene he came from —a hugely influential, virtuosic melting pot that flourished in the city and southern Prince George's County, and which still thrives today. From the producers & director of the award winning 2009 PBS documentary Barnstorming, the film is due for release in 2016.
DC’s legendary guitarist Danny Gatton was celebrated at the Birchmere in a unique mutli-media event of live music, film and stories. Hosted by WPFW’s Tom Cole the show featured clips from the Anacostia Delta documentary and reunited members of Gatton’s bands The Fat Boys, Redneck Jazz Explosion, Funhouse, along with some of the region’s finest musicians in the Gatton tradition, including Billy Hancock, John Previti, Tom Principato, Dave Chappell, Tommy Lepson, Rick Whitehead, Bruce Swaim, Chick Hall, Big Joe Maher, Anthony Pirog, Dave Elliott, and many more!