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Danny Patton grew up in the Black Oak neighborhood of Gary, Indiana, and played the local club circuit for years.  An amazing guitarist and superb banjo player, the 41-year-old Patton first became well known to Northwest Indiana music fans in the mid-1980s when he was hired to play guitar with the Hazzard County Band.

"We hired Danny when he was just 17 years old and he played with us for about 12 years," recalled Hazzard County Band founder/steel guitarist, Nelson Wynn. "He was an amazing young player at the time and he just got better and better."

After his Hazzard County years, Patton hooked up for a spell with two other popular country/country-rock groups, The Stony Creek Band and Virgil Kane, before eventually putting together his own bluegrass group, Flintlock.

"Danny put Flintlock together with his brother Jamie Patton," recalled Wynn, who also owns Broadway Music in Merrillville. "Danny played five-string banjo in that band along with guitar. Jamie, who lives in Highland and still plays with the current line-up of Flintlock, played mandolin and guitar."

Patton later went on to bend his strings on stage for two years during the late 1990s with the Born To Boogie Band, fronted by country music radio station US99's Big John Howell.

A dyed-in-the-wool country picker, Patton realized a personal dream when he relocated to Nashville six years ago and hooked up with the veteran country music star Billy Walker.

"Billy Walker had a string of country hits long before Elvis came along and had been a card carrying member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 40-years," noted Wynn. In recent years The Billy Walker Band had become something of a ‘house band' on the Grand Ole Opry which gave Danny Patton the opportunity to play his guitar proudly on the Opry stage each week while broadcast over the venerable airwaves of WSM-AM radio.


* details from Tom Lounges, The Times


Danny Patton is survived by his three children Amie, Daniel Jr. and Bradley of Northwest Indiana (and their mother Tina Garver); his mother Cheryl Holstein and younger brother Joey Patton of Glendale, Ariz.; older brother Jamie (Ann) Patton of Highland; fiancée Teryl Peterson of Nashville; many nephews, nieces, cousins; and a wealth of friends and fans.


"Hello, my name is Bill Vlahos and I'm the brother in law of James Patton (Danny's brother). This is such a wonderfull site. Even though I didn't know Charlie I feel that I know him now. Every time Danny came home to Indiana, there was a picking session at James' basement. I only met Danny five times during those visits, but I will never forget him. A nicer man I have yet to meet. These videos were captured during some of his visits."


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