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.

NAMM Show Recap, February News, and More!

Hey everyone! 

2014 has gotten off to a very fast start! I'm still recovering from the craziness that is the winter NAMM show a few weeks ago in Anaheim. This year's show was a huge success, and I'm so excited for all the new connections made and the old ones that were re-affirmed! 

I was privileged to be demoing The Engle at the show, which is a very cool percussive device for the guitar. You can check out a video of me playing The Engle here. You can also purchase one through my website on the "Gear" Page. A huge thanks to Mark Engler and the Engle team for including me this year! 

I'm also proud to announce that I am now using some very cool FretWraps made my GruvGear. GruvGear is a local Orange County company, and their FretWraps makes my guitar sound so much better when I'm playing with both hands on the fretboard. If you do anything with tapping on the guitar, check these things out!  

Another company that I met at NAMM was the Journey Guitar Company, which makes travel guitars that sound absolutely amazing for their size. I was blown away by the sound of these instruments, and plan on taking this guy on several trips in the future. Huge thanks to James and Journey Guitars for letting me play one of these guys! Here's a video from NAMM of me playing the guitar. Its Noisy in the background, but you can hear how big the guitar sounds! 

I'm still working on some other announcements from the NAMM show, so I'll keep you all posted on those soon! In the meantime, check out all the great gear I use on the Gear Page!

New Album Update....20 days and counting!

So its finally official! On Feburary 24th I'll be traveling to Montreal, Quebec to record my 2nd album of Original Music for solo acoustic guitar. Fingerstyle guitar legend, YouTube sensation, and fellow hockey enthusiast Antoine Dufour will be recording and producing this record with me, which is still hard to believe as I'm typing this. Antoine is one of my all time favorite guitarists, and one of the main reasons I started to write fingestyle music.  To be able to record an album with him producing is a dream come true. I can't wait to get started! 

I'll be posting video updates on my youtube channel of the recording process, and I'll definitely be sharing some new music with you guys very soon! 

Thank you all for caring about my music and supporting me in all the ways that you do. Stay tuned for more exciting things in the next month!