Award-winning Johannesburg guitarist and bandleader Dan Patlansky has unveiled a brand-new lyric video to accompany the second single from his latest album, Shelter of Bones.
Released last month via Caroline Distribution, Shelter of Bones was recorded over a three-year period from 2019-2021.
“The pandemic allowed me to take my time,” said Patlansky. “In many ways I tried to keep the sound from past albums that I’ve become known for in my arrangements and songwriting.
“I’ve always seen a record as a time capsule of where an artist is in a particular time of their lives."
Patlansky’s goal was to record an album that he would want to listen to himself. As such, Shelter of Bones captures the full picture of one of South Africa’s leading blues guitar players.
“Shelter of Bones is an accurate representation of who I am currently as an artist,” commented Patlansky, “which is a modern twist on what I love most – the blues.”
Patlansky’s latest single from the album – "Bad Soul" – is a reflection on the guitarist’s belief that some people are simply born bad and cannot be changed.
“I grew up and got to know some people that seemed to just possess a bad streak in them,” recalls Patlansky. “No matter how hard people tried to steer them in a diﬀerent direction, they would just end up being a badass in everything they did.”
Patlansky's recording career kicked off back in 1999 with his debut album Standing at the Station. This was followed in 2004 with his major label launch, True Blues.
With his album count now in double figures, Patlansky has steadily grown into one of the most respected blues artists around – a notion seconded by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Joe Satriani whom he has previously supported on tour.
Buy Shelter of Bones here.
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