from Vancouver BC
Danny Mack has been an innovator and a leader in western Canada's roots music scene for close to four decades. 2003 finds him writing and singing better than ever. His new release "Galaxy Cabaret" is a full on honky-tonkin', two steppin', country shufflin', steel guitar driven little beauty. This is the 'real deal'.
Danny spent July 2003 in Holland promoting "Galaxy Cabaret" with live gigs, radio interviews and live-to-air performances throughout the Netherlands and is now back in Canada on the performance and promotion trail. Over the past year Danny has also been doing concerts with the British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society which is committed to celebrating and preserving cowboy culture.
In the early stages of his career he shared stages with the likes of The Doors, B.B. King, Dr. John, Commander Cody, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Byrds, New Riders Of The Purple Sage and the Sir Douglas Quintet, until becoming a featured singer/songwriter in his own right. Mack began his professional career as a Vancouver teenager with a dream and from the outset, his musical interests seemed destined to be ahead of their time. He spent his high school years belting out Rhythm & Blues with his first band THE VAN-DELS and later in Alberta as he joined forces with THE BANFF PLAYBOYS. Performing under the name DANNY SOUL he worked audiences into a frenzy with James Brown like gyrations and danceable, soulful R&B.
In the mid-sixties Mack heard about a new surge of underground music back in his native Vancouver. Danny jumped on the next bus back home and on his arrival was recruited as a lead singer for the psychedelic rock band THE FANTASTIC SENSATIONS, a regular at Vancouver's first lightshow club, "The Afterthought". Next for Mack was the forming of THE HYDRO ELECTRIC STREETCAR, a pioneering Acid-Rock group, which among other things, was one of the first acts in the world to incorporate a Moog Synthesizer into live performance.
In the early seventies Danny formed the country rock group FIREWEED which was solely responsible for introducing country music to western Canada's rock and roll clubs. FIREWEED went on to tour and record an album with native spokesman and actor Chief Dan George. Through the mid seventies Mack delved deeper into country music with the formation of the CEMENT CITY COWBOYS. The COWBOYS began as a four piece outlaw band which evolved into an eight piece western swing unit, that played to packed houses at Vancouver's famous COMMODORE BALLROOM. By the late seventies Mack had moved back to Alberta to further his pursuit of the perfect country and western song. With his group ALBERTA CRUDE he managed to become a fixture in Calgary's then flourishing live performance music scene, as well as a regular at rodeo dances in Alberta and Saskatchewan. During this time he recorded the critically acclaimed self-titled album "DANNY MACK".
The '80s found Dan on the move. He spent time in New York City where he played such noted venues as The Lone Star Cafe and the Village Gate. He then flew off to Amsterdam in '86 and backed by the Dutch group WOODY AND THE SIDEMEN did twenty four one-niters in Holland. They included dates at the world famous MILKY WAY and PARADISO clubs.
On his return to Canada, Mack took a different turn as he disappeared into the movie and television business working as an actor, stand-in, then writer and performer of motion picture soundtracks. He worked on such productions as The X-Files, Poltergeist The Legacy, Dead Man's Gun, Millennium, and the feature film We All Fall Down.
In 1999 Danny Mack returned to his true passion, a roots singer/songwriter. With yet another refreshing take on musical styles, he released a CD titled I'M ALRIGHT NOW, a contemporary folk, sometimes satirical look at relationships, politics and the human condition.
In 2001 Danny released "We All Fall Down" which includes three songs from the feature film of the same name. "We All Fall Down" is a gritty unflinching cityscape - Mack 'telling it like it is' as always. Between studying acting, appearing in film and television, touring and promoting his music internationally, Mack continues to look ahead to the next creative evolution.