DANNY CELEBRATES 24 YEARS AS the BIG VALLEY JAMBOREE MAIN STAGE EMCEE
It was another successful Big Valley Jamboree this past August long weekend, with memorable performances by Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Tanya Tucker, and Gord Bamford.
It took 24 years, but Danny has now seen 432 concerts from the Main Stage!
A guitar from Dad at the age of 10
Danny Hooper is a born entertainer, with a big talent that showed up early. He was just a young boy when he began performing with his drum-playing brother for family and friends. His father bought him his first guitar at the age of 10, an instrument that still hangs proudly on the wall of his office. Early on, Danny formed his first band, the Hayloft Rangers, and the countless weekend performances in small town venues financed his college education.
A talent contest leads directly to a Juno nomination
In 1975, while still attending college, Danny entered the first-ever CFCW Country Star Search, a talent competition that resulted in him winning a recording contract with Royalty Records. His first album with the label garnered a 1976 Juno nomination for Best New Male Vocalist.
More than 5,000 live performances and counting
Danny’s early musical successes led to more than 5,000 live performances delivered over years of touring, as well as nine albums, four CMT music videos, and hit singles “John Deere Tractor Keys”, “Eleven Roses”, “Blue and Broken Hearted”, and “We’re Not Even Talking”. Danny has performed onstage at Disneyland, the National Finals Rodeo (for seven consecutive years), and the Grand Ole Opry.
Danny writes most of his own music and records in Nashville, TN, and Austin, TX. His albums are produced by Grammy award-winning guitarist/producer Redd Volkaert.
DANNY HOOPER’S STOCKYARD
Danny’s passion for country music led directly to the hugely successful Danny Hooper’s Stockyard, which Danny opened with his father in 1979. The Stockyard was the first Nashville North with performers like Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Tammy Wynette, Faron Young, Ferlin Husky, Gene Watson, Johnny Paycheck, Freddy Fender, John Conlee, Ian Tyson, K.D. Lang and many more.
Danny performed at the Stockyard regularly with his long-time backup band Country Spunk.
So what ever happened to Danny Hooper’s Stockyard?
“We went broke in 1986,” says Danny, reflecting back on those hard times. “Actually, we went broke in 1982, we just didn’t realize it until 1986”.
Danny Hooper’s music today
Though Danny’s fundraising auctions occupy most of his time today, he still performs periodically with his band, and often combines musical performances with his emceeing and auctioneering. His latest CD is entitled “The Best of Danny Hooper.”