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Music: The (blues) world on a string

Click’s first electric guitar purchased was an off-brand Electra Omega, a Les Paul copy.

“It’s going to be a symphonic affair!” says guitarist, singer and bandleader Danny Click excitedly, describing his upcoming live concert recording date.

Click, a 53-year-old San Rafael resident, will be tempering his powerhouse blues with a string quartet in a configuration known as Danny Click and the Americana Orchestra.

It’s a long way from the sweltering nightclubs and beer gardens of Austin, Texas, where Click honed his craft before moving to Marin six years ago.

The ensemble will perform Saturday, Oct. 25, at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in downtown Mill Valley. It will be the second time Click has recorded a live show at the intimate venue—his album Captured Live!, recorded last year, picked up national distribution in August.

Jason Eckl will handle the string arrangements. He has arranged charts for the Symphony Napa Valley Fellows Orchestra, the Awesome Orchestra, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Ponticellos, Ohlone College and Mission College orchestras, and has had pieces performed at the de Young Museum and the Monterey Jazz Festival’s “Next Generation Series.”

Rounding out the string section are violinist Adrienne Biggs Tennant, who has been a fixture in Click’s band the Hell Yeahs! since the beginning; violinist Rachel Patrick, who performed with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra for the German premier of Pultizer-winning composer Tan Dun’s “Hero” Concerto, with the composer himself conducting; violist Ivy Zenobi, a winner of the prestigious Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award; and cellist Rebecca Roudman, a member of the Oakland East Bay and Santa Rosa symphonies, whose blues band Dirty Cello has made two tours of China.

Rounding out the lineup are other members of the Hell Yeahs!: vocalist Lynn Asher; guitarist, mandolinist and accordionist Mark Goldenberg; pianist Mike Emerson; and bassist Don Bassey.

“I’m really looking forward to this,” Click says. “I’ve never done an acoustic recording with a string section like this, so it’s a unique experience for us and hopefully for the people in the audience.”

Click expects the album, to be mixed by seasoned engineer Matt Cohen, to be released in early 2015.


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