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Destination X

by Danny Tate

Like a new-age Johnny Cash, Danny sings with True Conviction.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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1. Destination X
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2. Last Chance Heaven
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3. Talking To Me
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4. Real
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5. Catch The Wind
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6. Dark Side Of Love
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7. The Gospel According To Life
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8. Broke Down On Memory Lane
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9. Let Em Fall
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10. Back Streets Of Little Rock
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11. Back Door To Heaven
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Album Notes
"Danny Tate is a radio friendly shoe-in for us here at WKZE! If I were to recieve a record from Danny and a record from Dave Matthews, Dave's would be gathering dust as we kept Danny's in heavy rotation!" ~ Tim Schaefer, Music Director WKZE

"Only an artist of rare talent, intelligence, and instinct could achieve the kind of lasting success that Tate has enjoyed." ~ Vincent Jeffries, All Music Guide

Born in Beaumont, Texas, the son of a Southern Baptist music minister, Danny Tate grew up in a musical household. When he was seven, his family moved to Camden, Arkansas, where he seemed destined to follow in the tradition of gospel music. Building on this foundation Tate was lured away by the sounds heard on the local AM radio station that played everything from the soul music of Aretha Franklin and James Brown, the country songs of George Jones and Patsy Cline to Delta Blues, Rock n' Roll and all the hits of that day. Before embarking on a career as a successful songwriter he spent four years at a small university studying theory and composition under one of the most successful symphonic wind composers of our day, William Francis McBeth.

After receiving his degree, John Daniel Tate headed for Nashville where he honed his craft as a tunesmith under the tutelage of legends such as Harlan Howard ("I Fall to Pieces") and Dean Kaye ("That's Life"). He first struck pay dirt when a friend followed pop star Rick Springfield to the bathroom at the Palace in Hollywood and gave him a tape of one of Tate's songs. Springfield recorded it and it went on to become the first single off his next record and the Top 5 hit "Affair of the Heart". Being primarily a pop/rock songwriter, Tate headed for Hollywood where things began to really take off. Acts from the Smithereens, Jeff Healey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys to Patti LaBelle, Tim McGraw, Russ Taff, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and the popular Australian band Diesel recorded his songs and many were hits on various formats. Between 1995-2002 he has had three #1's and four top 10's on rock radio.

In 1991, he landed his own record deal with Charisma/Virgin Records and recorded two albums receiving critical acclaim. His own recording of "Dreamin" became a AAA radio hit and was featured in the movie How To Make An American Quilt. Many of his songs have appeared in motion pictures and television. His reputation as a hit songwriter holds him in high demand and esteem among his colleagues.

His pursuits now encompass composing for film, television and national commercials, a natural extension considering his background. You can hear the influence of Ry Cooder, Daniel Lanois and Vangelis permeating his work helping to create his own distinct Americana sound.

Destination X represents the culmination of his musical and lyrical vision. Tate proclaims, "This is by far the best record I've made. I actually like listening to it." The listener will learn a lot about the writer with his struggles between the spirit and the flesh. This will be the first in a chronicle of recordings that will carry the listener along Tate's pilgrimage. Maybe he's a minister after all-for a rock 'n roll congregation that meets in road houses. Hmm...sounds familiar.


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Little Rock Free Press - by Martha Baker

Tate now lends his wordsmith brilliance to his own interpretation through his gr
Noville Records 2005

Check out this recent release by an artist with Arkansas roots who has songwriting credits as long as your arm. From Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Jeff Healey to Skynyrd to Tim McGraw… Danny Tate has had ten top ten’s and three number one’s credited. Tate now lends his wordsmith brilliance to his own interpretation through his gritty baritone vocal style. Remember when albums in any format had continuity of thought, not just a collection of what promoters think will sell? Tate takes us on his journey of life down “The Backstreets of Little Rock” and on to waking up in a Mexican jail, the dark and bright sides of love and relationships to that place where we simply accept that all the experiences that got us to this point have made us what we are. With unique creativity, he explores that path and the infinite desire “just to know what is real”, and seems to have learned to relax and let the journey continue to take him to a “Destination Unknown”. Caution: set your cruise control before you get to the fifth track or your might actually “Catch the Wind” and a speeding ticket to go with it.

Randy Smith

Great.. on point
The entire CD of songs is great. The lyrics are simply on point for this time in my life. Danny Tate sings with real emotion (if not, I can't tell) it also is very well composed. All in all, it's really a great CD. I'll more than likely buy more CDs of Danny Tate. Incidentally, this is the first time I've ever been moved to write anything about a CD or music. Thanks Mr. Tate. Keep them coming.

Jon Raven

Purely Charismatic
The second I heard this album and was asked to design the artwork for the project I knew it would become one of the top 5 discs I would be listening to. But I never realized just how addictive this charismatic new album would be.

This is an amazing collection of some of the best songwriting and production I have heard in such a long long time. Filled with 11 tracks of pure Earthy music it will be in heavy rotation in my cd player for sure. Best of luck with the record Danny. Hope your fans love the direction we went with the artwork and how it all appears in it's finished packageing.

Jon Raven


Earthy, warm, just down right good music
I heard "Back Door to Heaven" on the radio and immediately bought the CD. What a wonderful find. His music is down to earth, thoughtful and enjoyable. Just what the Doctor ordered.

Doug Hardin, Gibson Guitar

Having followed Danny's songwriting progress for 25 years, this album shows a level of muturity that blows me away. The title track evokes flying through the desert in a 65 Vette convertible on a Jack Kerouac journey from town to town. With his confessional style, anything you want to know about Danny is on this album in songs like Talking to Me. Other stand out tracks for me were Catch the Wind, Dark Side of Love and Gospel According to Life. He pegged our old stomping grounds to a tee with Back Streets of Little Rock. With all the magnificent tunes he has written for everyone else, thank God he saved some great ones for himself. The whole world needs to hear this disc. Great job.


Straight-ahead adult pop by a man who knows how to make it
In Destination X, Danny Tate brings to the table a lot of the things that make him a successful songwriter. The material here is both lyrically satisfying and melodically strong. The title track, perhaps the strongest piece in the set, propels a solid melody across a thoughtful lyric, and shows off Tate's deep, winning voice to advantage. The emphasis is on smart, polished capable rock-inflected pop.

Although the songs here have the richness and layering of 1980s radio classics, this album is anything but a throwback nostalgia record. Songs like "Back Streets of Little Rock" pursue an individual voice in a winning way.

Tate points out the contradictions inherent in the contrast between faith and cynicism, and, perhaps wisely, Tate plays both sides of the fence.

I do not count myself a big pop fan these days, focusing more on ambient music and experimental rock. But I liked Danny Tate's work here, and would buy another CD from him.

This is one worth owning.