Danny Shows Us How To “Hide Away” On This Freddie King Classic

By Will | Dec 28, 2008

Danny Wilder (photo by Ken Maniscalco)

The first time I heard Danny Wilder play was in about 1995. It was at an event called The Monday Night Blues Jam (imagine that) at the old Tommy’s Place, and he was hosting along with Jason Coffield, Kevin Smith and some bassist in flip-flops who drove an old Volvo :-).

I remember thinking as I listened, “Damn, that guy over there on the right is great. I wish his amp were about six or eight decibels louder.” Danny’s playing is always tasteful and often understated- anyone who knows him knows how good he is, but I think sometimes people fail to appreciate how complex and melodic his rhythm and solo playing are, simply due to the fact that other musicians can get between his amp and the audience. I asked him why he didn’t just crank it up more, and he said, “I don’t want to go deaf!”… I think he’s got a point there.

No such problem last Monday night. Danny had the Les Paul sounding great! Just check out the very first number the hosts played. It’s Freddie King’s “Hide Away”, and you’ll hear Danny and Jerry Beach on lead guitars, Ted Lindsay on bass (didn’t notice if Ted’s toes were showing), Dirty Red on trumpet, Kid Mims on drums and Stan Hoffman on keyboards. Click here to listen!

Thanks to Ken for the pic! (Forgive the lack of a picture… It ain’t that Danny’s not a great-looking guy, it’s just that the side of the stage where he and Stan play is forever in the shadows, and it’s hard to get a decent picture without firing a flash in their faces. Perhaps Ken could email me one?)

3 Comments so far
  1. danny January 1, 2009 11:01 am

    Happy New Year to All.Will, Thanks to you for all your hard work.And thanks to all for making 2008 a Blast,

  2. Kenneth January 1, 2009 1:15 pm

    Happy New Year indeed! Thank you Danny for all the great music and to Will for this place where we can stay in touch with what is happening every Monday night at Lee’s.

  3. Evan Vulich January 3, 2009 9:56 am

    Hey, Danny!

    It was a real blast to be able to play with you for the time I had in S’port. I’ve already lost a lot of my hearing after 40 years of playing. I’ve always blamed it on you guitar players AND drummers ;-)
    You were just such a fine player. Are you still teaching?

    Mike Gintella turned me on to this site so I check it out periodically to see what’s happening in my old stomping grounds. I’m always wondering if the old players are still around like Duny, Moe, Cleve, Mark Carey, Dennis, Al Joyner, Bruce Gaye, Pat, Raymond Blake, Mike from N.O?

    I’m vice Prez now of the Linn County Blues Society and its Bluespaper editor. Check us out at http://www.lcbs.org. We have out annual Bluesmore Festival the first Saturday in August. 2009 will be our 16th year doing this. Again, check us out on the web.

    My time in S’port was a great awakening for me musically, a yankee, and I will never forget y’all! I will never forget Murrell’s on Kings and Youree! I use to go there to watch the cockroach races up the walls! I remember playing with some of them at the Mudbug Fest and the Revel. I remember how hot those nights were.

    Thanks for the great times, Danny!

    Your bass playing friend,

    Cedar Rapids, IA

    P.S. I’m still using my old 1966 P-bass.

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