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Published on April 10th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Singer/Songwriter Danny Griego On The Success Of “Inevitable,” Working With Legends & More

From his early days gigging around Arizona saloons and rodeos, to lengthy stays in Nashville where he forged lifelong friendships with country music icons including Waylon Jennings, Hank Cochran, Red Lane, Max D. Barnes, John D. Loudermilk and Billy Joe Shaver, Danny Griego has created a diverse catalog of songs that reflect his personal story. Griego’s 2007 album Destination helped to establish him as a recording artist, and after seven years of touring and writing, Griego delivered his follow-up with 2014’s Cowboys, Outlaws & Border Town Dogs. On the album, Griego dialed-in on an authentic sound that combines his myriad of influences and interests, from the maverick “Outlaw Country” of the 1970s and classic cowboy songs, to the contemporary Americana and Latin influences heard of the album’s singles, “The Coasts Is Clear,” which ultimately hit the Top 10 on the Billboard chart.

Danny Griego notably tours with his Texas based band of seasoned veteran musicians, The Cowboy Cartel, playing a variety of venues, from NHRA pro-stock motorcycle events — Griego co-owns a National Hot Rod Association team — to American military bases. His ongoing and heartfelt support of the American military led to the unique 2018 single, “Twenty-Two,” which saw him collaborating with fellow country singer K.P. Fitz on a song and short film concerning the suicide epidemic among war veterans. His latest single, “Inevitable,” hit the Top 30 on Billboard’s and Mediabase’s AC Singles Chart’s #28 spot. Meanwhile, Griego is scheduled to be releasing a duet he recorded with the legendary late great Waylon Jenning titled “At The Crossroads” on June 26th; this will be a followup to the heartfelt single “You Never Stop Loving Somebody,” which also hit the Top 20 on both Billboard and Mediabase.

On March 31, 2020, I had the pleasure of speaking with Danny Griego by phone, right in the midst of 2020’s Coronavirus pandemic. Griego not only comes across as pleasant and knowledgeable when you speak with him, but also as an artist who is full of gratitude. Not only we did talk about his musical endeavors, but he also opened up about how he is dealing with the current state of the world, the country music legends who helped him start his career, and the charitable endeavors which also occupy a lot of his non-musical and non-family time. That full chat is indeed embedded below for your listening pleasure; and the “Lori” referenced at the tail end of the interview is his wonderful publicist.

More on Danny Griego can be found online by visiting his official website at www.dannygriego.com.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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