Danny lives in Sparta, Tennessee. When he was 14, he joined his dad’s band the Country Music Playboys on bass guitar. By age 16, he received his first pedal steel guitar. The family eventually formed The Dodson Brothers Band; they played locally and Danny finished school.
Shortly out of high school, Danny started playing with MCA recording artist Ronnie Sessions and Ambush as a pedal guitarist and background vocal, touring all four corners of the United States and Canada. He played package shows featuring Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn; DJ conventions in Nashville (MCA label showcases); worked in top showrooms like the Palamino Club in Los Angeles, Nashville North in Chicago, the Million-Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, WY, Gilley’s in Texas, the Shi-Clown in Reno, Nevada, Willy Nelson’s Whiskey River Clubs, and the venues go on and on. Ronnie and Ambush had many top-ten singles in the US and England. “Wiggle-Wiggle” hit number two in England. A song called “Me and Millie Stompin Grapes, Getting Silly”, by producer, Chip Young (Young’n Sound and MCA Records) moved up the charts as well.
From 1981 to 1986, Danny hit the road performing as a pedal guitarist and vocalist in the Dixie Line Band (New Horizons Productions Nashville, Tennessee). Dixie Line was a high energy country rock group with fiddle and steel guitar opening for top country artists like: Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie McDowell, and Dave Dudley. “In the More in ’84 Concert” in Detroit, Michigan (80,000 people for three days), 20 groups played from Alabama to Haggard. Dixie Line stayed booked a year in advance and was on the road forty-two weeks a year. In late July 1986, they became a house band in Nashville at the Hall of Fame Motor Inn on Music Row. The group did its last recording session at CBS Nashville and a photo taken of them and Forest Borders, their producer, is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Danny plays steel guitar and sings harmony for the Tennessee BackRoads Band.