On Reflector, Daniel Donato's first album of all-original material, he speaks to the deep American music heritage that inspires him and that pushes him towards the future with inspired, intentional vigor.
Daniel Donato refers to his music as Cosmic Country, a term that not only describes said genre but also serves as a declaration of intent. His musical style combines the organic essence of rock with a twang reminiscent of roadhouse tunes, showcasing his instrumental prowess and a talent for crafting melodically infectious songs. Bridging the influences of Nashville and the wide-open west, Kentucky and mid-'60s northern California, while blending elements like tie-dye and plaid, Donato creates a unique musical world that embodies a wide-ranging adventure.
According to Donato, Cosmic Country is a timeless musical expression, embodying the duality of simplicity with "three chords and the truth" on one side and exploration and bravery on the other. He explains that achieving this sound has been a journey, reflecting years of dedication to developing a musical style that serves as a true representation of his personality and soul. Reflector is particularly significant in this regard, as it encapsulates more of his essence than any of his previous works.
The new album, comprised of 15 new originals, follows a classic format, where each track is memorable on its own but gains added significance when listened to sequentially. Donato, known for his distinctive Fender Telecaster tone, serves as the consistent thread that ties the diverse tracks together. He suggests that if you're the type of person who views a record as a companion, then Reflector will resonate with you.
Daniel Donato's musical journey began in Nashville, where his father exposed him to a variety of killer music, fostering a love for legendary tunes across genres. His interest in rock was ignited by the video game Guitar Hero, expanding his musical horizons to include iconic guitarists like Hendrix, Clapton, and Page. Add to that his early exposure to country and western greats like Haggard, Willie, Waylon, and Hank Sr., thanks to his father, plus explorations into the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Widespread Panic, and even Guns N' Roses - all informing what would eventually become Donato's Cosmic Country sound.