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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Incoming! Dan Patlansky












"On record Dan Patlansky is quite superb but on stage, with a capacity crowd in his pocket from the off, he takes it to another level." – Music News

Award-winning South African blues rock guitarist Dan Patlansky will release his new studio album Shelter of Bones via Virgin Music Label and Artist Services on 25th February 2022. The album is available to pre-order from

The first single Hounds Loose taken from the new album will be released Friday 26th November 2021. The single is available to stream and download from

Watch the official music video for Hounds Loose on YouTube at

Patlansky will support the album with a nationwide UK tour from March 31 – April 12 with special guest Arielle. Tickets are available at

Shelter of Bones was recorded over a three-year period from 2019-2021. “The pandemic allowed me to take my time, and really think about how I want the songs to come across,” reflects Patlansky.

In many ways I tried to keep the sound from past albums that I’ve become known for in my arrangements and song writing, but definitely took some different turns along the way. I’ve always seen a record as a time capsule of where an artist is in a particular time of their lives.”

For Patlansky, Shelter of Bones covers a three- year period of many ups and downs, and, as a result, the South African guitarist believes the process has been a very interesting journey.

My goal is always to try make a record that I would want to listen to,” says Patlansky. “I’m very happy and proud of this album. I produced it myself because I wanted a very particular sound. On three of the tracks, I enlisted a good friend and ex-keyboard player from Hamburg, Tom Gatza, who brought a fresh feel to these songs, especially the ballads (I’ll Keep Trying and Shelter of Bones).”

Shelter of Bones is an accurate representation of who I am currently as an artist, which is a modern twist on what I love most, the Blues.”



2. SNAKE OIL CITY (4:26)


4. LOST (4:14)

5. BAD SOUL (4:06)

6. PRESENCE (4:13)

7. *I’LL KEEP TRYING (5:42)



10. *HOUNDS LOOSE (3:44)

11. *SHELTER OF BONES (5:20)

Produced by Dan Patlansky

*Produced by Tom Gatza

Songs arranged by Dan Patlansky, Tom Gatza, Andy Maritz

Guitars/Vocals/Bass Guitar (on tracks 1,5) - Dan Patlansky

Bass Guitar (on tracks 2,3,4,6,8,9, 10) - Rixi Roman

Bass Guitar (on tracks 11) - Sebastian Gimm

Bass Guitar (on tracks 7)- Clint Falconer

Keyboards/Piano - Dean Barrett

Additional Keyboards and additional backing vocals - Tom Gatza

Drums - Andy Maritz

Recorded and engineered by Jaco Naude

Additional engineering by Neil Ferreira, and Marius Van Wyk

Recorded at Scherzo Studio’s, Pretoria South Africa

Additional Recording at Drumheadz Studio, Johannesburg South Africa

Mixed by Stefan Swart

Mastered by Rogan Kelsey

Album Artwork- Squidart

Photography - Tobias Johan Coetsee



Commentary on the soul destroyers that run the modern world. This to me is the biggest problem facing society in general. It doesn’t matter what political side you fall under. I see most current day leaders as two faced, and in it for mostly personal gain. The sole purpose of a leader is to serve in the best interest of the people. That mind set as been completely diluted over the last century.


A fictional place where liars, thieves, chancers reside. It is strikingly like the current South African government. It currently feels like there is very little law and order, tax money is being pocketed, corruption is rife, and if you have enough money, you can basically get away with any crime imaginable. When it comes to writing blues songs, South Africa is sadly a bottomless source of subject matter to write about.


A true story about my relationship with tobacco, and finally trying to say goodbye to something that has been such a huge part of my life. I’ve always seen tobacco as a selfish lover because it really gives absolutely nothing back to you, just a false sense of enjoyment and relief, but even knowing that it still feels like a friend that been through thick and thin with me.


There was a time a while back when my wife Gisela fell ill and the doctors thought the worst, luckily everything turned out great in the end, but it was a very scary and uncertain time, and the song expresses the absolute turmoil I was feeling.


Some people are just born bad and can’t be changed. I grew up and got to know some people that seemed to just possess a bad streak in them, and no matter how hard people tried to steer them in a different direction, they would just end up being ‘bad ass’s’ in everything thing they did.


We spend most of our lives either living in the past or the future and not enough time in the present. It a lesson I learnt the hard way and lost a lot of ground in my life by obsessing in the past and the future. My kids helped ground me, and they made me realise the power of living in the present.


A song about my personal flaws and the effect it has on my relationship with my wife, and the will to improve myself. Taking a hard look in the mirror and identifying one’s short comings is an incredibly hard task to perform, but the personal growth from the exercise is huge! Constant improvement all round is one of my biggest goals in life.


Modern societies addiction and reliance on the digital world is alarming to me. Back in the day only true experts would be granted a platform to voice their educated opinions on topics and issues in the fields of expertise. Nowadays anyone with an opinion can be heard depending on their social media reach. It very hard to believe anything on the internet these days.


As hard as lock down was, we will one day look back on it as some of the most special times of our lives because of the time we all got to spend with our families. There’s a silver lining to everything. In the past I’ve spent a lot of time on the road, away from my family, and have missed so many milestones because of it. The last 2 years I’ve really been blessed to have the opportunity to make up for lost time.


The Blues cliche tale, of selling your soul to the devil. Now he is coming to claim what is his. I’ve always been fascinated about the story of Robert Johnson and other blues men that sold their souls.


A message of advice and concern to my kids on what they can expect growing up in today’s world. One of my biggest fears is what the world will do to my kids as they grow up. I thought it fitting to be the title track on the album, because all the songs on this record could be bits of advice to my kids going forward. “It’s like my heart is beating without the shelter of bones.”

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Dan Patlansky - never far from like-minded genius, guitarist, singer songwriter, and globally respected purveyor of the blues, sidles into his second successive decade as one of the world’s finest blues-based storytellers of his generation.

Ever since his debut album, Standing at the Station, followed by his 2004 major label (Blue Note, EMI produced) masterstroke True Blues, Patlansky has immersed himself in the rich and rollicking world of blues rock music. In February 2005, and again in July 2006, Selwyn Miller, the New Orleans based manager of David Gates, Bread, Randy Crawford and Petula Clark, took Patlansky to New Orleans to showcase his outstanding talent.

In 2006, Fender acknowledged his talent with a guitar and amp endorsement, making him only one of six on the continent to enjoy such a privilege.

As Dan settled into his groove, what followed was a barrage of brilliantly executed eclectic and acoustic blues albums. 2006 brought with Real, Move My Soul in 2009, 20 Stones in 2012, and the unplugged wonder of 2013’s Wooden Thoughts acoustic album.

With each new release, Patlansky’s albums brought with him a tighter and more engaging lyrical twist and even more interesting turns, all of which led beautifully to his highly anticipated 2014 full- electric album released in May. In December 2014, Dear Silence Thieves (produced by Theo Crous) was voted the #1 Blues Rock Album in by Blues Rock Review, alongside Joe Bonamassa, Rival Sons, Devon Allman, The Black Keys, Philip Sayce, etc.

After over a decade of making albums for us, Dan’s seventh album continues to deliver the goods that have made him the premier blues rock guitar player in South Africa, if not, one of the top in the world.” –Blues Rock Review

Patlansky started 2014 off with a bang when he opened for Bruce Springsteen in front of 64,000 people at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg in February on his High Hopes tour. Patlansky was personally approved by Springsteen as support act, seeing as Springsteen rarely has guest artists for his shows. A milestone, Patlansky played in front of the biggest audience of his career.

After touring Europe in 2013 with Everlast, Patlansky returned to the continent in October 2014 for another tour to promote Dear Silence Thieves. He impressed Norway when he headlined the Fjord Blues Festival with words such as ‘magic’ and ‘religious experience’ used to describe his performance.

With successful shows in the Netherlands and Germany, Patlansky ended his European tour by headlining Denmark’s Horsens Blues Festival, where he played at the ‘Showcase Stage’ in the basement in 2013.

After Dear Silence Thieves was voted the #1 Blues Rock Album in the world by Blues Rock Review in 2014, Patlansky received raving reviews in European and international press for the album. Dear Silence Thieves was released in the UK on 27 April 2015, the same day he performed a launch showcase concert at The Borderline in London. Dan also visited Europe in May, June and July and performed shows throughout the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, and Germany.

In March 2015, legendary guitarist Joe Satriani announced Patlanksy as special guest on his UK Shockwave November 2015 tour which stretched over the course of 31 days, 10 countries and 25 shows.

In May 2016, Dan released the follow up album to Dear Silence Thieves with Theo Crous helming the production, entitled Introvertigo. Patlansky used his personal life experiences as inspiration for the album to ultimately marry good songs with guitar playing, and the album has been received with critical acclaim both in SA and abroad.

Dan kicked off 2016 with his Sweet Home Africa Solo Acoustic Tour, followed by his Introvertigo album launch tour in April in South Africa. In May 2016, Dan performed as special guest on award-winning Blues Rock band, King King’s nationwide UK tour, performing 26 shows over the course of May and June 2016 in Germany Netherlands and the UK. Back in South Africa, Dan completed a nationwide solo acoustic tour.

Patlansky ended 2016 on a high note when Introvertigo was voted as the #1 Blues Rock Album in 2016 by Blues Rock Review, becoming the first artist ever to place #1 on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of the Year twice (Dear Silence Thieves 2014, Introvertigo 2016). The album was also voted #8 of the Top 15 albums of 2016 by The Blues Magazine.

Patlansky returned to the UK for his first headline tour in April/May 2017 touring with special guest Ash Wilson.

After touring South Africa, Dan toured the UK in November 2017 as special guest on Joanne Shaw Taylor’s tour.

His ninth studio album, Perfection Kills, was released in March 2018.

Awards, Nominations and Ratings:

Dear Silence Thieves (album)

*Voted Best Blues Rock Album 2014 – Blues Rock Review 2014

*UK iTunes Top Twenty Blues Albums – November 2015

*Hot Contender “Album of the Year”- Blues & Soul Magazine - December 2015

*Album named #41 in Classic Rock Magazine’s ’50 Best Albums of 2015’

20 Stones (album)

*UK iTunes Top Twenty Blues Albums – November 2015

Introvertigo (album)

*Voted Best Blues Rock Album 2016 – Blues Rock Review 2016

*Voted #8 ‘Top 15 Albums of 2016’ – Blues Magazine

Dan Patlansky

*Top 20 Blues Rock Artists – Blues Magazine – December 2015

*Male Artist of the Year – Blues & Soul Magazine – December 2015

*#4 of 10 Best Rock Guitarists in the World – Total Guitar Magazine - December 2015

*Nominated ‘Best International Solo Artist’ – Planet Rock Radio ‘Rocks Awards’ February 2016

*Nominated and rated #2 in the category of Top 5 ‘Overseas Artist of the Year' – British Blues Awards – Sept 2016

Perfection Kills (album)

*Blues Rock Review’s #2 album of 2018

*Best Rock Album at the 2019 South African Music Awards

*Dan toured the UK with Walter Trout in 2019



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