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High Hopes: Dan Patlansky

The king of South African blues rock goes international – read all about it, and listen to his new album right here

Dan Patlansky should be the musician everyone wants at their party. Over 10 years the singer/guitarist has developed a vivacious, collar-grabbing brand of blues rock, hitting the heights with seventh LP Dear Silence Thieves. But some audiences are just really tough, especially in very small, backward towns in his native South Africa.

“We realised we’d been booked for a spring dance,” Patlansky says of one particularly memorable night in 2004. “We were booked for four hours, and five minutes in they were queuing to get out! They were hurling abuse at us, making that throat-slitting movement… It was fucking heavy.”

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