5 Questions with Danny Burns by Sam Shansky
1) For those not familiar with your story, could you share a bit about your background and your musical journey to this point?
I started off as a Folk and traditional player backing musician. From there, I moved my way around genres like Dewey Cox, playing and recording with all sorts of folks in places like New Orleans, with George Porter Jr of The Meters, along with Mean Willie Green of the Neville Brothers, plus others like Steve Earle, Tim O’Brien and Jerry Douglas in Nashville. I love collaborating with other recording artists. It’s always an absolute honor to share and learn from other artists experience to gain different musical perspective. I’ve also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some rad people out there from Lukas Nelson, Shooter Jennings, Joe Ely, Iris Dement, Sierra Hull, Shawn Camp, Parker Millsap, etc.
2) You filmed your new video “Hurricane” in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. What was that experience like, and what led you to that location of all places?
We decided to ride out the pandemic in Mexico and found this super cool and chill fishing village known as Puerto Morelos. It’s a drinking village with a fishing problem. We fell in love with the place, so Ethan from the label Bonfire Music Group said they’d come down and shoot some. We rented a yacht, lost a drone, and tried to give Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet a run for their money. We also tried out some Backstreet Boys dance moves which was a total abomination, and I would like to apologize for that.
3) “Hurricane” is the title track from your latest EP, a six-song collection of new recordings that feature various artists, including Steve Earle, Sarah Jarosz, Aubrie Sellers, Dan Tyminski, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Tim O’Brien. What do you love most about the collaboration process, and what special memories can you share about working with Tim O’Brien on the title track?
Working with folks like Tim O’Brien is always super cool. I was recently on Steve Earle’s SiriusXM show on Outlaw Country called Hardcore Troubadour. We were chatting about Tim and he said Tim was the best bang for buck artist/musician in Nashville, and I couldn’t agree with him more. Tim also plays in Steve’s bluegrass band The Halfgrass Dukes.
4) Let’s discuss the cover art for your new EP. Who designed it, and what was the inspiration for the animated, almost comic book style?
The artwork is by a friend down in Brazil named João Gabriel Jack. He does a lot of great art for others like Citizen Cope. He did art for each song, which I loved all the pieces. The Hurricane art is a ‘58 Chevy, and the theme kind of has a Havana / hurricane vibe. We’d chatted about themes and colors and that what he came up with.
5) What’s ahead for Danny Burns in the second half of 2021, and what are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to playing out again. I’m going to be playing at the Kansas City Irish Festival September 3-5 during an upcoming fall tour, and I’ll be back into the studio in Nashville to work on a new grass record. I’ve signed on for two more albums with Bonfire Music Group, so looking forward to getting back to work, while also building on Hurricane.