Longtime Arizona favorite Danny Rhodes, well known throughout the region for his blistering guitar work and soulful vocals, has just been elected to the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.
A veteran musician, Danny has played in all 50 states, Canada, Japan, and Europe with a wide variety of artists.
When asked about his election to the Hall of Fame, Danny said, "It's a real honor, especially since I was elected by fellow musicians. I'm especially looking forwarded to the induction ceremony (in May) when I'll be playing with (fellow Hall of Famer) Bob Blasi and my longtime bass player Richard Neville."
In 1996, Danny moved to Arizona and formed the Messengers. With his band he has played some big-time festivals including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Tempe Fiesta Bowl New Years Eve Party. The band has also opened for the Neville Brothers, the Radiators, Tab Benoit, and Sonny Landreth.
For the past several years, Danny has hosted a blues show at Cliff Castle Casino and has performed with many of the biggest names in Arizona blues, including Big Pete Pearson, Long John Hunter, Bob Blasi, JD Simo, Chuck Hall, Tommy Dukes, Maxine Johnson, Chico Chism, Chris Hiatt, and Hans Olson. In addition, since 1999, Danny has hosted the phenomenally successfully Blues Summit on Dec. 26th featuring Bob Blasi, Troy Perkins, and various guest artists.
Danny just released his first acoustic CD, Cairo to Cottonwood, which has been receiving rave reviews and critical acclaim. In addition to his election to the Hall of Fame, Danny was named 2005 Blues Musician of the Year by the Verde Valley Newspapers' Kudos magazine and recently returned from Memphis where he competed in the International Blues Challenge.
According to the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame Web site, the Hall of Fame was organized to educate the public about, and to promote, the veteran Blues musicians and individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the Blues music culture in the State of Arizona. Official induction ceremonies take place May 7 at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix. Danny performs at 4 p.m.