Danny McBride has spent his entire working life in the arts. He began his journey with an illustrious music career that spanned more than four decades. Signed twice to CBS as a recording artist, Danny has also been sought after by luminaries such as Tina Turner, Supertramp, Steppenwolf, and even the Rolling Stones. As a session player he worked with legendary producers JACK RICHARDSON (Guess Who, Peter Gabriel etc.), BOB JOHNSTON ( Dylan, Cash, Simon and Garfunkel), DANIEL LANOIS (U2 etc.), PETE SMITH (Sting etc.), ALLAN TOUSSAINT (The Meters etc.), RUPERT HINE (Tina Turner etc.), and TERRY BROWN (Rush). Danny McBride has an extraordinary history in the entertainment business and may be one of Canada’s best kept secrets, or as he refers to himself “Invisible In The Fast Lane”.
Danny and his older brother Bob McBride, lead singer for the renowned Canadian group Lighthouse, performed together in the 60’s & 70’s in Toronto’s music Mecca, Yorkville. At the age of 17, the Toronto Star newspaper labeled McBride as Canada’s #1 rock guitarist. In 1968, Danny’s manager John Brower and partner Rick Taylor opened one of the most legendary music venues in music history, Toronto’s ROCKPILE. Rockpile’s original house band was McBride’s group, Transfusion. The Rockpile hosted bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, Procol Harem, Deep Purple, Savoy Brown, & Blood Sweat and Tears, to name a few.
In more recent years, McBride has turned his considerable talents to a new challenge: the visual arts. The canvas is now his chosen medium for giving expression to his creative drive. He has developed a strong reputation for his arresting and immediately recognizable portraitures of women in hats. His unique paintings have appeared in locales ranging from the walls of Sotheby’s Auction House in New York to the houses of Hollywood celebrities.
As a guest at the late Princess Diana’s home, Althorp, Danny half jokingly asked Diana’s mother (Francis Shand Kydd) if she could use a couple of his paintings to fill in the spaces between the magnificent Gainsborough’s on her walls. Her gracious response, “I have nothing to do with the spaces, they are owned by the paintings themselves, although I’m sure there’s plenty of room somewhere in Althorp for a McBride” Her witty remark stuck with him and Danny always tries to paint with the space in mind.