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  • Online sales for Danny's annual winter concert have ended. Tickets will be available at the door.
  • Danny's new album, a collaboration with Will Lee & John Flower, is available in the Store.
  • Read Randy Barrett's article about Danny in the DCBU newsletter.
  • Danny & Jack's Duo Album Wins a WAMMIE! Buy now!
Danny Knicely

Danny's Store

Tickets for Danny's 13th Annual Winter Concert.

Advance ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be available at the show for $25.

Baakari Enoch Chan
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John Previti
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Danny Knicely returns to the Franklin Park Arts Center on Febrary 1, 2020, at 8 pm, for his 13th Annual Winter Concert. The lineup for this year's show is:

Danny Knicely - mandolin, guitar
Baakari Wilder - tap-dance
John Previti - upright bass
Guest: Aimee Curl - vocals

Tap-dancer Baakari Wilder is known internationally for starring in the hit Broadway show Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. He’s delighted audiences around the world in places such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and oversees in France, Africa, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Russia.

Bassist John Previti is best known for his 18 year stint with the amazing guitar master, Danny Gatton, and has performed with many others such as Les Paul, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Big Joe Maher and Paul Simon.

Vocalist Aimee Curl has an unmistakable style distinct with emotion and sincerity evoking the essence of the greatest singers in Jazz and Folk music. She studied voice at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York and performs with Furnace Mountain Band.

Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellvile, Va. (Caution: Google Maps may show the wrong location!)

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door.

Note: Advance ticket orders will be at Will Call awaiting your arrival on the night of the concert and will be under the name with which the order was made. Paper tickets will NOT be mailed. You do NOT need to bring a receipt to the venue to get your ticket.

The Evenin' News



CD Cover This is exquisite Bluegrass by Virginia's finest! Will, Danny and John navigate a deep and intuitive current of time, melody and harmony that will move you. Their new project, called The Evenin' News, includes originals, old favorites, a cappella and hot instrumental numbers, and tight harmony singing takes a spotlight with Will's smooth lead and baritone, Danny's cutting tenor and John's soaring high-baritone.

Will Lee - banjo, guitar
Danny Knicely - mandolin, guitar
John Flower - bass
Special Guest: Nate Leath - fiddle

Track List

  1. Never Gonna Change
  2. Old Carolina
  3. Rye Whiskey
  4. The Evenin' News
  5. Another Man Done Gone
  6. Cold Frosty Morning
  7. Got A Mother Done Gone
  8. The Water Lily
  9. Benton's Dream
  10. Rock Salt & Nails

Chop, Shred & Split



Danny and Jack Dunlap released their new new album in September. In April it won a WAMMIE award from the Washington Area Music Association.

CD Cover This album is a record of the fruits of Danny and Jack’s apprenticeship. The selections on this project speak to Danny’s trademark versatility and creativity. Danny leads his apprentice on a musical expedition that seamlessly transcends the boundaries of genre. You’ll be treated to a collection of originals that span the gamut from bluegrass to swing, funk, polka, and even the stylings of the late South Indian mandolin master U. Srinivas, memorialized in their joint composition “Wish U. Was Here.” These originals are complemented with an eclectic array of covers by the likes of Benny Goodman, Rex McGee, and the French jazz musician Tchavolo Schmitt..

Danny Knicely - mandolin, guitar, bass
Jack Dunlap- mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, bass

Track List (Single Downloads $0.99)

1. Woodpecker Polka

2. Shakin' Down the Acorns

3. Funky Wolverine Breakdown
4. Big Red
5. Jack O' Lantern
6. Breakfast Feud
7. Lil' Yadkin River Breakdown
8. Wish U. Was Here
9. Six on Four
10. Tchavolo Swing
11. The Waltz of Tears

Waltz For Aimee



the melody lingers on cd coverWaltz for Aimee focuses on the true and natural tone of exquisitely fine acoustic instruments in the hands of master musicians. Danny plays a vintage D-18 Martin guitar and is accompanied by flat-picker extraordinaire Wyatt Rice, rhythm/lead guitarist for the Tony Rice Unit, and twice named International Bluegrass Music Association's bassist of the year, Mark Schatz, from Nickel Creek and the Claire Lynch Band. The album features old-time flat-picking, open string swing, dreadnaught jazz, and includes cameo performances by Danny on mandolin and vocals. Recorded by Les Thompson, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the sound reproduction is accurate and captures the energy and groove of the trio.

Danny Knicely - guitar, mandolin, vocals
Wyatt Rice - guitar
Mark Schatz - upright bass

Track List (Single Downloads $0.99)

1. Lost Girl

2. Struttin' with some Barbecue.

3. Waltz for Aimee
4. Cumberland Gap
5. Little Betty Ann
6. Naima
7. Alex Blue Grassy
8. John Johanna
9. J'attendrai
10. Music for a New Found Harmonium
11. A Taste of Honey

The Melody Lingers On


the melody lingers on cd cover"The Melody Lingers On" is a collaboration of four versatile musicians, with each bringing their own distinct style to the project. Their musical talents and tastes are wide as shown here in the variety of styles including bluegrass, jazz, old-time, swing, and Latin music. With so many ways to learn in this day and age, these musicians learned these songs the old fashioned way, from each other. This comes through in the uniqueness of the arrangements and the material chosen for the album.

Danny Knicely - Mandolin, fiddle
Nate Leath - Fiddle, percussion
Aimee Curl - bass
Bert Carlson - Guitar

Track List (Single downloads $0.99)

1. Lover Come Back to Me

2. Lost Man in a Foreign Country

3. Santa Morena

4. Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans

5. Sleepy Lou

6. Lonesome Day

7. Bright Size Life

8. Lonesome River

9. I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues

10. Three Thin Dimes

11. The Song is Ended

Roots and Branches



roots and branches cd cover"Danny Knicely's bluegrass and old-time roots run deep, and I've enjoyed jamming with him through the years. His fiddle feeds flatfooters, and his guitar drives hard, but it is his fluid mandolin that takes the spotlight here. This adventurous album travels from community dance, though bluegrass festival campground, to the late night club. There are tributes to Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker, a jazzy version of "Ookpik Waltz," and several fine originals, including the newgrassy "Salt Run" in seven-four time. Thankfully avoiding Protools slickness, these grooves are intimate and alive, and the sound is big and round. The band can and does stretch out, displaying virtuousity as well as humor in the process. With this album, Danny shows he's as much fun to listen to as he is to play with." -- Tim O'Brien

Track List (Single downloads $0.99)

1. Salt Run

2. First Day in Town/ Kentucky Mandolin

3. PM Jam Session
4. Pigeon-Toed Clogger
5. Ookpik Waltz
6. Trip to Toronto
7. Here Kitty Kitty
8. Monroe's Hornpipe

Danny Knicely & Will Lee:
Murders, Drownings and Lost Loves

murders, drownings and lost loves cd cover“Two voices and two pairs of hands can produce some mighty fine music...their complementary harmony vocals and their driving and mutually supportive instrumental work on mandolin, banjo, and guitar...will rekindle your appreciation of the “small band” sound in bluegrass,” says Bluegrass Unlimited. Mapleshade Records two-mike purism really captured the amazing live excitement of Danny and Will's old-time singin’ and pickin’.

The Mountain Music CD & DVD

Sales of Single from Mountain Music Project Help Nepal Earthquake Victims!

The Mountain Music Project is partnering with We Help Nepal and Americana music legends, Tim O'Brien and Abigail Washburn, to help victims of the series of earthquakes that have devastated Nepal. All donations and proceeds from the sale of My Home is Across the Blue Ridge Mountains by The Mountain Music Project featuring Tim O'Brien & Abigail Washburn go directly to We Help Nepal, who are actively working on the ground in Nepal with disaster relief and development projects.



Proceeds from the CD and DVD support traditional musicians from underserved communities in Nepal.

mountain music cd cover The CD is a collaboration of traditional mountain music recorded in the Nepali Himalayas and the U.S. Appalachian region. Half Appalachian and half Nepali songs featuring performances by Tim O'Brien, Tony Trischka, Riley Baugus, Abigail Washburn, Curtis Burch, Mark Schatz, Aaran and Matthew Olwell, Paul Brown, Danny Knicely, Tara Linhardt, and Buddhiman Gandharba, Manoj Gayak, Ganesh Gandhari, Jagat Bahadur Gandharba from the musician caste of Nepal, known as the Gandharba. While being deeply grounded in the traditions, the music has a unique and new sound as the traditions and the musicians have woven their styles together into a wonderful tapestry of sounds.


mountain music dvd cover picture The DVD of The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya is an award winning film that follows the journey of two traditional musicians from the hills of Virginia to the mountains of rural Nepal. They explore the extraordinary similarities between the Appalachian music that is now known as Bluegrass and Old Time and the Nepali Himalayan folk music and culture, particularly focused on the traditional musicians of the Gandharba caste. The film, shot in both Nepal and Virginia, has fascinating interviews, scenes, and music with influential musicians who have grown up in the mountain music cultures. It weaves an enlightening and touching story of the evolution and realities of the musics and the culture and the people who live it.

Rooster Ruley: Junkyard Jam Session


junkyard cd coverRooster Ruley's Junkyard Jam Session is a banjo ride you don't want to miss. If you like hard-driving banjo and want to hear it from the hands of a master, look no further for the real thing. This album also features Heavy-hitters Danny Knicely on mandolin & bass, Wyatt Rice on Guitar, Ricky Simpkins and Ann Marie Calhoun on fiddle, Bert Carlson on Guitar, and Tim Yates on bass.

Rooster Ruley: Rooster's Ruckus


roots and branches cd coverRooster's Ruckus by Rooster Ruley is the last studio recording of the legendary banjoist from Lexington, Virginia. It was released just after his untimely passing in 2013. Rooster is joined by long time friends and musical cohorts Danny Knicely on mandolin, Wyatt Rice on guitar, Nate Leath on fiddle, and Mark Schatz on bass and claw-hammer banjo.