Donovan Raitt

Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist

An emerging new voice in the world of modern fingerstyle guitar, acoustic guitarist Donovan Raitt incorporates percussive techniques, strong melodic hooks, influences ranging from Jazz to Rock and Classical music, and innovative performance techniques to create a unique sound all his own. Based in Orange County, CA, Donovan has released two albums of solo acoustic guitar music, his latest album, 2014's "Pursuing the Horizon" was produced by fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Antoine Dufour.

September Newsletter! Shows With Antoine Dufour, Trevor Gordon Hall and Craig D'Andrea

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the shows in July with Calum Graham. August was a busy month for me, but not because of shows or touring, but because I got married! It was an amazing day! Here's a picture of Laura and I from the wedding. It was such a special day for both of us!

 

September Shows!

I wanted to write you to let you know about some amazing shows coming up the last week of September. My good friends and fantastic guitarists Antoine Dufour, Trevor Gordon Hall, and Craig D'Andrea will be in town for a series of shows that you won't want to miss! 

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Saturday, September 24th 8pm
Canvas Church
17332 Von Karman Ave Ste 115
Irvine, CA
Click Here to RSVP

 

Wednesday, September 28th
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 Lake Avenue,
Altadena, CA
Click Here For Tickets 
 

Thursday, September 29th 7:30pm
Faculty Recital: Concordia University Irvine Good Shepherd Chapel
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA
Click Here For Info
 

Friday, September 30th 7:30pm
House Concert - Mission Viejo, CA
Click Here For Tickets
 

Hope you can make it to one of the shows! Remember to check out my website for all the latest info at www.donovanraitt.comThank you to all of you for supporting my music! -Donovan

January 2016 News - Shows, NAMM and More!

Wow! Its 2016 already! Happy New Year Everyone!

I Hope you all had a great holiday season and are enjoying the start to the new year! Things have been incredibly busy for me the past few months, but I'm excited to announce some very special shows coming up in January! 

"A Night Of Modern Acoustic Guitar"

Featuring: Antoine DufourThomas LeebAdrian BellueTrevor Gordon HallCraig D'Andrea and Donovan Raitt

 

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I'll be playing three very special shows in January with an incredible lineup of some of the best acoustic guitarists in the world! You won't want to miss these performances! 

Thursday, January 21st @7:30pm.
Shannon Center for the Arts at Whittier College 
13406 Philadelphia Street
Whittier CA
Click Here For Tickets

Saturday, January 23rd @8pm
Canvas Church
17332 Von Karman Ave Ste 115
IrvineCA 
Click Here to RSVP

Sunday, January 24th @8pm
Alva's Showroom
1417 W 8th St
San PedroCA
Click Here For Tickets


Hope to see you at one of these shows! Also, I'll be playing at several booths at the NAMM show in Anaheim Jan 21-24th. Check back for updates on performance times during the show! 

Thanks for your support and see you at the shows! 

-Donovan

50% Off Tabs in October!

I wanted to let you know that I'm discounting all of my sheet music and tabs for the rest of October! You can get 50% off all individual Tabs and Tab Books by using the code "TABS50" at checkout at www.donovanraitt.com!

I have also just uploaded the tabs for the new "Guitar Hymns Vol.2" album. You can find them here

Also, if you are working on a piece and have any questions, you can sign up for an online or in-person lesson at my website! Also don't forget to check out my "5 Minute Fingerstyle" lesson videos to help you get started! 

Also, let me know if you post a video of one of my tunes and I'd be more than happy to share it and give feedback! It's always a great feeling to see someone else performing my music! 

Thanks so much! 

-Donovan

April Shows and News!

Hello everyone! Just wanted to send a quick email with some exciting shows in April! Hope you can make it! 

APRIL 2ND 7PM @ THE REPUBLIC OF PIE!

I'll be playing a set at the Republic of Pie this Thursday night at 7pm. Its a free show, so feel free to come by for coffee and pie and a great night of music! I might have some special guests join me that night, so don't miss it! 

REPUBLIC OF PIE
11118 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601


APRIL 4TH @ ALVA'S SHOWROOM WITH EWAN DOBSON!


I'm very excited to be opening for my friend and amazing fingerstyle guitarist Ewan Dobson on his Acoustic Metal 2015 tour! Join us at Alva's Showroom in San Pedro this Saturday The 4th at 8pm!

 This will be a great night of fingerstyle music and I hope you can make it out! You can purchase tickets at the door or get them online through this link

EWAN DOBSON With Special Guest DONOVAN RAITT
SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH, 8PM
Alva's Showroom


More shows will be added soon, so check back at www.donovanraitt.com for the latest info! 

Hope to see you at a show soon! Thanks for the support!

-Donovan

A Long Overdue 2015 Post! NAMM Recap...News and More!

Wow...its been a long time since I wrote another blog post it seems! Sorry for the delay everyone! Its been a crazy start to the year and there's a lot to share with you! 

Midwinter Hymns Update! 

Thank you all who ordered copies of the Midwinter Hymns album this past Christmas! We were able to raise over $150 for families forward and I know that will go a long way to helping local families in need! Thank you to everyone who bought CD's! 

New Video on Candyrat Records!

My latest video for "One Last Request" is now live on Candyrat Records YouTube channel! Check it out and please share it and spread the word! 

January Tour/NAMM Recap

This past January I was fortunate enough to be asked by Stonebridge Guitars, the makers of my amazing acoustic guitars, to be a part a mini-tour of local dealers in Southern California before the NAMM show. I had a blast playing shows in Los Angeles and Santa Barabara at some very cool guitar stores and It was great meeting everyone and playing some amazing instruments!

The 2015 NAMM show.... well let me just say it was one of the best years ever! Its always great to see old friends back in town and try out all the cool new gear. I played a lot during the show this year, and was privileged to perform for some great companies that I'm proud to endorse, including G7th capos, Stonebridge Guitars, Journey Guitars, The Engle Guitar Hammer,  and GruvGear. Its pretty amazing playing for people at NAMM, as you never know who might stop by your set. I got a little nervous when the legendary Andy Mckee stopped to watch my set at the Stonebridge booth!  

The Amazing Andy Mckee and me after my set. We could be twins, right? =) 

The Amazing Andy Mckee and me after my set. We could be twins, right? =) 

I was also able to organize some concerts for some of my fingetstyle guitar friends who were in town. We played a series of shows called "A Night of Acoustic Guitar Wizardry" that were literally dreams coming true in real time! I have always wanted to play shows with these incredible musicians and I'm so grateful they were all on board for it! It was an honor to share the stage with such amazing musicians, including Thomas Leeb, Antoine Dufour, Trevor Gordon Hall, Adrian Bellue, Dallas Sutherland, and Luca Francioso. Such an amazing (and exhausting) weekend!

Left to Right; Andy Mckee, Thomas Leeb, Me, Luca Fanciosco, Trevor Gordon Hall, Antoine Dufour

Left to Right; Andy Mckee, Thomas Leeb, Me, Luca Fanciosco, Trevor Gordon Hall, Antoine Dufour

New Endorsement - Ernie Ball Strings! 

I'm extremely proud to announce that I am now an official endorser of Ernie Ball Strings! I'm so proud to be in the Ernie Ball family and I love their new Aluminum Bronze acoustic strings! Please check them out and try a set for yourself! I'm also using their electric strings and enjoying a custom gauged 7-string electric set as well! Thank you to everyone at Ernie Ball for making this possible! 

February recap...zzzzz....

After the craziness that was NAMM I decided to take a bit of time to rest and recover during February, which for anyone who knows me means that I had a ton of shows and things to do anyways =) I did work on writing some new music though, and so that leads me to...

Upcoming Shows! 

Please check out the calendar for some very cool shows coming up in March and Early April! I'm excited to be opening for Ewan Dobson on his North American tour stop at Alva's Showroom in San pedro. You can get tickets to that show here! I've also added some regular shows in Orange County at Orange Coast Winery this month, so please come and support those as well!

Hope that wasn't too long of an update. Thank you as always for listening, supporting and sharing my music! I can't thank you enough for all the support! 

-Donovan