Daniel Donato Releases Joyful New Track "Hi-Country"

Article Contributed by All Eyes Media | Published on Thursday, September 14, 2023

Acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitar virtuoso Daniel Donato has released the brand-new track “Hi-Country" off his highly anticipated upcoming sophomore album Reflector, out November 10th via Retrace Music.Led by jaunty pedal steel atop a shuffling rhythm, “Hi-Country” is an uplifting track with jubilant chorus. "There is a fine line between what is real and what is your imagination, but yet, both inform each other,” says Donato. “'Hi-Country,' is a symbol of this strange ever-present duality in life. It is a place that you are en route to physically, yet spiritually, you are already there. Life is but a day's work, and 'you got all day to make it true...' in the Hi-Country." Watch the video for “Hi-Country” HERE.

Reflector is Donato’s first collection of all original material. The 15-songs that comprise the album reflect the continuously evolving musical space he has created which he calls cosmic country. While Donato may not have coined the term, he has brought cosmic country into the 21st century with his blend of Southern rock, pop, classic country,  honky-tonk, Laurel Canyon folk and Northern California musical exploration. All of this, combined with great songwriting is fully documented on Reflector. Reflector was produced by multi-Grammy Award winning producer/engineer/mixer Vance Powell (White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Chris Stapleton).

In 2022 alone, Donato and his band – Nathan Aronowitz (keyboards/vocals), Will McGee (bass/vocals) and Noah Miller (drums and percussion) – performed over 220 shows. Together, they have brought their sound and their incendiary live performances to new heights, and audiences and artists are taking notice. Already in 2023, Donato performed as a guest on stage with Bobby Weir & The Wolf Brothers and Widespread Panic and recently joined Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann as a member of his band Billy & The Kids for multiple dates. Billy Strings recently joined Donato and company on stage at the Double E Performance Center in Vermont where the two guitarists played brilliantly off of each other in front of a thrilled audience. View the performance here HERE. See a full list of Daniel Donato tour dates below.

Reflector is the follow up to Donato’s 2020 independent debut, A Young Man’s Country, an album that served as an introduction to a gifted young artist and extraordinary guitar player. The album was well received by the press with positive coverage that included, Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter, No Depression, Magnet Magazine, PREMIERGuitar and The Bluegrass Situation. Donato was also the subject of a 2020 feature in Relix Magazine.

September 16 – Asbury Park, NJ – Sea.Hear.Now Festival 202­3
September 21 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
September 22 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom & Other Side
September 23 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
September 24 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
October 5-8 – Pittsboro, NC – Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival 2023
October 7 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
October 8 ­– Chattanooga, TN – The Barrelhouse Ballroom
October 11 – Roanoke, VA – 5 Points Music Sanctuary
October 12 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Café and Music Hall
October 13 – Washington, D.C. – Pearl Street Warehouse
October 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
 October 18 – State College, PA – The State Theatre
October 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
October 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
October 22 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
October 24 – Buffalo, NY – 9th Ward
October 25 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
October 26 – Holland, MI – Park Theatre
October 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall
October 31 – Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room at Colectivo
November 1 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
November 2 – St. Louis, MO – The Old Rock House
November 3 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi
November 4 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
November 11 – North Charleston, SC – Holy Smokes BBQ Festival 2023
November 24 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
November 25 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
November 29 – Columbia, SC – The Senate
November 30 – Macon, GA – Capitol Theatre
December 1 – Savannah, GA – Victory North Savannah
December 2 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
December 5 – Gainesville, FL – Heartwood Soundstage
December 6 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen Music Hall
December 7 – Houston, TX – Rockefellers
December 8 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
December 9 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Company
December 10 – Oklahoma City, OK – Beer City Music Hall
December 12 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
December 13 – Memphis, TN – Railgarten