There was always music in Danny’s life. He sang a cappella at church where no musical instruments were used. Standing next to his mother they both sang alto from the hymnal. Then he got a six-string acoustic guitar for Christmas. His dad introduced him to Hank Williams, Johnny Horton and Marty Robbins. But that didn’t grab him right away. Life was a constant creative opportunity for a curious Texas kid. Little League Baseball eventually gave way to his first electric guitar and a hot little garage band; The Jademen. Music started making sense as he moved through the teenage years.
For school dances regional bands out of Houston included BJ Thomas and the Triumphs, Roy Head and the Traits, The Moving Sidewalks and Billy Joe Royal. He recalls being not the least bit interested in dancing. But young Everitt began sticking like glue to the edge of the stage watching how the musicians actually made music. If the guitar player dropped a pick, Danny would wait until the show was over and the gear loaded. That’s when he got his souvenir. Then at band practice he’d try to show the guys what he’d learned.
After graduating high school he got his first paying gig singing and playing songs of the day in a local restaurant-bar. Mom wasn’t too keen on the “bar” part but that summer began an interesting life that continues to this day. Eventually, he left for greener pastures.
Singer/songwriter Danny Everitt began his professional musical journey in the Austin, Texas nightclub scene in the 1970′s. While attending The University, he formed a band and signed a recording contract with Pompeii Records out of Dallas. After graduating he moved to Nashville and became a staff songwriter and began traveling the U.S. as a solo performer for Buddy Lee Attractions. Touring in Texas, Danny met an old friend from school who set up an audition at a folk club in Houston. A growing live music scene there captured his imagination. So he returned to his home state and enjoyed a very successful reputation as a songwriter and performer in the Montrose district deep in the heart of the city.
He was a New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival and later a finalist in the American Song Festival. He released his first solo album, Fire Down Inside, on Instant Records (1981). In 1983 he moved to Los Angeles where he met Eric Burdon of The Animals fame, resulting in Everitt’s first major cover. I.R.S. Records released ARK (1984), which featured three of his songs including “Love Is For All Times”; the second single off the album, breaking the top 50 Billboard chart. Since its initial thrust onto the airwaves, Los Angeles blues legend, Teresa James and several regional recording artists, have recorded “Love Is For All Times”. International superstar, Demis Russos, released “Take My Hand” in 1985 with massive worldwide airplay. Well-known artists such as Shake Russell, Scott McGill, Brook Benton, Coco Kallis and Bob Bourgoin have also recorded Everitt’s songs.
Danny eventually married and started raising a family. He rarely performed in public but never stopped writing and recording. After returning to Nashville in 1996 he began yet another career as artist manager with Pennacle Productions. Representing hit songwriters he found new ways to utilize his considerable experience behind the stage.
Between l997 and 2000, with his college-days rock band mates, Everitt recorded a CD of their favorite songs called Dad Was Right, Instant Records (1999). That’s all it took for the performing bug to bite again. He closed his management company and again moved back to Texas where it had all begun. In 2003 he digitally re-mastered and released Fire Down Inside.
The Dallas Songwriters Association recognized Danny as a contest finalist in 2006. He released Cold Wind Cold Rain, Instant Records (2007), which became an instant favorite with Americana radio where it continues to receive airplay in the states and overseas. The Texas Music Academy nominated him Singer/Songwriter of the Year in 2007, 2008 and again in 2009. He is featured in a soon-to-be-published book about the ‘70’s Houston music scene called The Boys From Houston.
Whether he’s performing his own material, or you’re hearing it recorded by other artists, you can tell immediately that Danny does more than pen great songs. His are spirited, thoughtful and warm expressions of a Texas troubadour. His 2013 release is titled Acoustic Souvenir. He’s been called “a moving target” and has no intentions of slowing down.