Cape Gazette, Rehoboth, DE - 2/15/02
Surf rocker Morris coming to Sydney's Feb. 15
Five-time leader of the annual post Labor Day Survivor's Party at Sydney's Blues & Jazz Restaurant, Danny Morris is headed back to the Rehoboth Beach venue to perform Friday, Feb. 15. With both feet firmly planted in the surf guitar vein, Morris, a native of Charlotte, N.C., cut his teeth listening to the classic rock sounds of Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and later Muddy Waters.
"I've always liked the surf sound of guitar," said Morris, who now lives in Washington, D.C. "Later I got turned on to material by Otis Rush, Ike Turner and Albert Collins."
A self-taught musician who considers himself "outside the box" when it comes to guitar style, Morris formed the Blue Note Special blues band in 1986. He joined the Nighthawks as lead guitarist in 1990 and shortly thereafter started the Danny Morris Band as a side project until the mid-1990s when the group became a full-time gig.
Morris' band also features...Joe Wells on drums; and John David Coppola on bass and vocals. The group's latest effort, "The Golden Prize," is Morris' third CD on the New Moon Records label. The band recently returned home to D.C. from touring in Florida and the Virgin Islands, where Morris said he continued to enjoy the music of the Caribbean.
"Right now I'm listening to a lot of Caribbean, Cuban and a lot of traditional Mexican music," he said. "Lately I've also been trying to lend an ear to what's current...what's on the radio...especially the three-piece bands."
For more information about the Danny Morris Band at Sydney's, call the restaurant at 227-1339 or see www.dannymorrisband.com. "The Golden Prize" is available at record stores, including Tower Records and Best Buy, as well as amazon.com.