Danny Gochnour Music


Review: David Orrick. UK

July 23

Two years in its writing, recording and production, The Despair of Summer marks the debut album from Pittsburgh’s Danny Gochnour. Since 2006 the lead guitar player in the Houserockers, the band of Pittsburgh’s favourite son, Joe Grushecky, Danny wrote 10 of the album’s 11 tracks (the exception being a primarily instrumental cover of the Eagles’ I Can’t Tell You Why) and has created a body of work that is, by turns, introspective yet expressive, self deprecating yet proud and angry yet subtly apologetic.

An album of contrasts, then, but one far advanced from the ‘another guitar album’ tag that could so easily have been applied to the work of a respected guitar virtuoso. There’s more, much more.
The guitar work is magnetic and, by turns, it can bite like an enraged rattler or envelop the ears like a warm comforter. Where there is indeed ‘despair’ for lost love there is also both protest (The American Dream) and, on The B-Side of Me, with its throwback nod to Bob Dylan’s transformation from an acoustic to an electric performer back in 1966 with his Highway 61 Revisited album, an affirmation of better values too. What is inescapable is the depth of the album’s music collaborations, Joe Munro’s accordion and swirling keyboards, Mark Pollara’s incisive drums and the haunting violin of Bon Banerjee on The Sound Of Us Breaking.

Danny admits, shyly, that, prior to The Despair of Summer, he had never sung in public nor recorded any original material, but the depth of emotions that are evident in his vocals demonstrate so eloquently that a great divide has now been crossed. The Despair of Summer delivers what is a stunning debut as a recording artist, waiting only for the ultimate acid test of live performance to set the seal on a work of value, quality and great skill: delivered in a wrapping of new found self belief ... and a lot of love.

David Orrick. UK

Off To Print

June 22

The Despair of Summer is going to press at this very moment.

This is exciting. After almost 2 complete years in the making I'm finally making plans for a release of my first single , a correspondencing video, and a few CD release shows.
You can pre-order a signed copy now and get yours before the general release. Thank you.


Despair of Summer Update

May 7

It's been a busy couple weeks. I'm happy to say that the Despair of Summer, after over a year and a half of recording and mixing, is finally complete. Soon it's off to mastering and then printing.

You can pre-order through Paypal at dgochnour@verizon.net.


Stay tuned for an announcement on a fun CD release party.

In other news, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers will be doing a special live on-air show from The World Cafe in Philadelphia on July 6. 12:00 pm. Details on how to tune in to come.

Thank you for your support.



May 5
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Private Event
May 12
Orchard Hill Church
Wexford, PA
May 13
Orchard Hill Church
Wexford, PA
May 26
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Lynch Field
Greensburg, PA
May 27
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Braddock PA
Jun 1
Paul Martino's Allstars
Rochester Inn
Pittsburgh PA
Jun 8
Pittsburgh Plays Petty
Jergels Rhythm Grill
Warrendale PA
Jun 14
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Pittsburgh Convention Center
Pittsburgh PA
Jun 27
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Thunder In The Valley
Johnstown PA
Jul 6
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Sellersville Theatre
Sellersville PA
Jul 6
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
The World Cafe
Jul 7
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Jammin' Java
Vienna VA
Jul 14
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
The Wonder Bar
Asubry Park NJ
Jul 21
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Meadowlands Casino
Washington PA
Aug 3
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers with Billy Price
Rivers Casino
Pittsburgh PA
Aug 4
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Seven Springs Rib Fest
Somerset PA
Aug 7
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Musikfest Cafe
Bethlehem PA
Aug 19
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Jergel's Rhythm Grill
Warrendale PA
Aug 25
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers opening for The Clarks
PNG Park
Johnstown PA
Aug 26
The Despair of Summer CD Release


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The brand new album from Danny Gochnour is available now! 

2 years in the making, The Despair of Summer is here. Danny's first solo project is an amazing piece of work.

Whether you are a fan of the Houserockers or just a music fan looking for some great rock and roll with inspiring lyrics, this is the album for you.


 Check out the great review below from our friend, Mr. Gord Hunter.

"The first time I saw Danny play I was sitting in the next to last row of the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. I had a full glass of whisky in my hand and I was ready to judge him harshly. I’d been a fan of the Houserockers since 1995 and I knew almost every song note-for-note. As he launched into that first solo, I distinctly remember thinking that he was walking out onto a tightrope the width of an E string. One of the toughest things in music is to come into an established band, create your own space and to do it within the parameters of songs that so many have come to know and love. Danny did exactly that and he did it with soul, with respect and with just the right amount of, well….Danny. When he finally finished, I noticed my glass was empty; always a good sign.

10 years later, I consider Danny a great friend.  He still plays with soul, respect and a signature sound that I’ve come to truly appreciate. You’ll hear it on this record and I’m guessing, if you’ve heard Danny play before, that won’t surprise you. What might surprise you are the intricate and hook-laden melodies laced with insightful lyrics that shift effortlessly between heartache and humor. In between you’ll hear that ever-present guitar paying tribute with subtle nods to blues, jazz and flat out rock and roll. 

If I think back now to those first few notes that I heard Danny play, it’s easy to compare that moment to this record. Once again, he’s stepped out onto that E String tightrope and from the ironic finger-picking folk of The American Dream to the jukebox-rockin’ antics of Crazy Linda J, he’s nailed it. I was going to conclude by saying that I hope you enjoy The Despair of Summer but to be honest, I know you will. Now go pour yourself a Jameson’s, put it on, turn it up and take a walk out onto that wire with my buddy Danny. He’ll take you from one side to the other with a smile on your face and an empty glass."

Gord Hunter – May 2018


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