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.

Christmas Music is Here!

Hello Friends! 

Well, its almost Thanksgiving, which means its been busy over here in the Oxford Guitar Lab (otherwise known as my home studio). I have some very cool projects I'd like to share with you!

Christmas Hymns CD - Limited Edition Re-Release

Last year I decided to record an album of christmas music to help fund the recording of my last record "Pursuing the Horizon" and it was a huge success! I sold out completely of the 200 cd's I pressed and was able to record that album this year! 

Well I've decided to re-release 2013's "Christmas Hymns" with a special limited pressing of 100 CD's. I will not be ordering any more of these until next December, so if you're in the mood for some christmas music, or need an easy idea for a christmas gift! You can order a CD exclusively through my website for $15 including shipping when you use the code "Winter" at check-out! Each CD will be numbered and signed by me as an extra bonus!

 New Christmas Music! - "Midwinter Hymns" Limited Edition CD! 

Like I said earlier, things have been pretty busy around here, and I'm exited to announce a new collection of 4 additional christmas arrangements. "Midwinter Hymns" is a very special collection of lesser-known but extrememly beautiful hymns for solo guitar. I was initially going to release this as a digital release only, but due to demand, I will be pressing 100 CD's of this collection as well! These limited edition CD's will be available through my website and my bandcamp page.

Wether you purchase a digital download or buy a CD copy, the proceeds from Midwinter Hymns will be donated to Families Forward, a phenomenal charity in Irvine, CA that helps families and children in need of food, clothing, and other vital resources in Orange County. Please consider purchasing a copy (or several copies to give as gifts) and help support this awesome charity. I'm proud to donate my music to help support them as they are in turn supporting our local community.

Each Cd purchased will be hand signed and numbered, and will begin shipping December 6th, plenty of time for Christmas. 

Remember to use the code "winter" at checkout for free shipping!

Thank you for supporting my music! I'll be playing a lot of public events this holiday season, so keep checking back for the latest info on shows during the christmas season! 

Thanks so much and Blessings to you all this Christmas season!


"Learning To Dance" video on Candyrat Records, Podcasts and More!

Hi everyone!

Its been a crazy few weeks here with summer ending and teaching back in full swing! October was a great month of shows and I'm pretty exhausted from all the playing (not to mention going through lots of guitar strings!) Thanks to everyone who came to the shows this month, especially to the show at Canvas in Irvine. Playing in the town I grew up in to friends old and new was something I'll never forget! Thanks for making it so special!

"Learning To Dance" video on Candyrat Records!

I'm thriled to announce that my video for "Learning to Dance" was picked up by Candyrat Records and is now live on their youtube channel! Candyrat is home to some of my favorite acoustic fingerstyle guitarists, including Calum Graham, Trevor Gordon Hall, Don Ross, Antoine Dufour and several others and it's such an honor to be included with them on that channel. The video as of today has already received over 11,000 views in just two days! Thank you to everyone who's shared or viewed the video and left comments! Please keep sharing the video by clicking here to view and share it with everyone you know!

Modern Fingerstyle Podcast Interview

I recently did an interview for the modern fingestyle podcast and will be featured on this weeks episode! It was really fun to talk about my music, teaching fingerstyle guitar and recording the latest album, and I hope you all enjoy listening to me talk instead of play guitar for a change!  You can download it at their website or subscribe on itunes here!

November Shows

November isn't looking as busy as October was, but check the Shows page for the latest gig info! Some really fun (and free) shows coming up at some great venues in LA and Orange County!

Christmas Music is Coming!

I will be offering limited copies of my "Christmas Hymns" Cd's for sale this December, and will be including some new recordings with it as an added incentive to those of you who bought a copy last year! These make great christmas gifts for friends or family! Stay tuned for a big announcement regarding pre-orders for the Hymns Cd in the next week! I promise you'll have a very good reason to order one this year besides the music! 

Thanks for the support and I hope to see you at a show soon!


Donovan Raitt In Concert This Friday in Irvine, CA

Hello Friends! 

I wanted to announce a special (and very rare)  hometown show in Irvine atCanvas Church this coming Friday, October 17th at 8pm (doors open at 7:30)! Oh, and It's a FREE CONCERT!

It's very rare that I get to play so close to home, so I'm hoping to see a lot of local friends at this one! Its going to be a fantastic show!

This show will be the first of several in a concert series put on by Canvas Church in Irvine that I'm excited to be helping with! Every third Friday of the month Canvas will be featuring free concerts by excellent musicians of all genres in an effort to promote the arts in Irvine and the local community. Sadly, my hometown is sorely lacking in performance venues for artists, and Canvas is hoping to change that!  

Please visit their website at Arts @Canvas for more info on the show and the concert series. Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday!

Thanks for all the support! 

October News Updates! "Strategic Tension" Turns 2!

Hi Everyone! 

Well it's been a fun summer and fall is back in full swing. Back teaching at Concordia in Irvine, some new students have signed up for lessons both in person and skype (I'm still accepting more if you're interested, just check out the lessons page!) and as usual, keeping things way too busy for my own sanity! There's been a lot going on that I'm excited to fill you in on and a lot coming up this month

October Shows!

I have a lot of really cool shows coming up in October that I wanted to let you all know about. For a complete list of tour dates and to know immediately when I book a show, please follow me on BANDSINTOWN and you'll be updated whenever I book a show with all the info you need! 

Here's a list of shows in October! Check out my Shows page on my website for more info!

October 2 - Republic of Pie, North Hollywood CA
October 9 - Room 5 - Los Angeles, CA
October 10 - Gypsy Den - Santa Ana, CA
October 17 - Canvas Church - Irvine, CA
October 23 - the Lost Vine, Newport Beach, CA

That's right, I have some ORANGE COUNTY SHOWS this month! I love playing in LA, but I'm excited to see some local friends at some of the shows in the OC this month! 

5 Minute Fingerstyle YouTube Series!

This september I started a video series on my youtube channel called "5 Minute Fingerstyle" which is a recurring (hopefully weekly) series of short fingerstyle guitar lessons that demonstrate different techniques I use in my performances. These videos are free to anyone who follows me on youtube, and I'd love to hear your freedback on the videos and please send me any requests for topics you might have! 

Free guitar lessons aren't a bad thing right? You're welcome!

Strategic Tension Turns 2 Years Old! 

October marks the two year anniversary of the release of my first album, "Strategic Tension" and to celebrate this anniversary, I'm offering digital downloads of the album for only $5 in my online store! If you don't have a copy yet, this is a great time to pick one up!

I'm Finally on Pandora!

After taking what seemed like an eternity, My music is finally available for streaming on Pandora! Search for me and start steaming! Every 1/100th of a cent helps! 

There's way more exciting things coming up this month that I can't quite announce just yet, but stay tuned to my twitter and facebook pages for the most up-to-date info and some other random nonsense I decide to post there! =) 

Hope to see you at one of the shows this month! 



August News...New Recording, and New Video!

Hello Friends! 

August news, take two! (My first post got deleted somehow, so here we go again!)

Hope you all have had a great summer! It's been a very busy one for me and I realized I haven't put up a blog post in a while, so I thought it's time to update everyone on some exciting happenings this summer! 

I just got back from the Canadian Guitar Festival in Kingston, Ontario. This was my second year at the festival and it gets better and better each year! It was so great to see the best fingerstlye guitarists in the world play, and meet up with some old friends and play some fingerstlye guitar! I'd highly recommend you attend if your at all into fingerstyle music. 

One of the highlights from the trip for me was playing my first show in Canada at the Central in Toronto. I was privaliaged to share the stage with Dylan Ryche and Dallas Sutherland, two very good friends and amazing guitarists. It was such a fun show! 

Dylan Ryche, Dallas Sutherland, and me after the show in Toronto

Dylan Ryche, Dallas Sutherland, and me after the show in Toronto

New Recording! - "Duets: Strategic Tension"

I'm excited to announce the release of "Duets: Strategic Tension" as a digital-only release! I'm really excited about this recording! "Duets: Strategic Tension" is a collaboration with violinist Anna Savery featuring arrangements of four compositions from the 2012 Strategic Tension album for guitar and violin. I'm really excited about how this project turned out and hopefully there will be more collaborations in the future! The EP was recorded on July 23rd, 2014 live with no overdubs, and I did the mixing and mastering myself on this project, which I'm pretty proud of! You can listen for free and download a copy for only $5 on my website, or you can pay-what-you-want on my bandcamp page

Duets: Strategic Tension EP

A new take on some old favorites, featuring virtuoso violinist Anna Savery, this Digital only EP features four songs from 2012's Strategic Tension arranged for Violin and Guitar. Recorded Live with no overdubs on July 23rd, 2014. 

Features the tracks "Searching for Stars" "Strategic Tension" "Lullaby" and "The Road Home"

Listen to the Album Here

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New Video! - "Letting Go"

Check out this new video of a live performance of "Letting Go" that I recorded at the Stonebridge Guitars Headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario on my recent trip to Canada. I'm proud to endorse Stonebridge Guitars and really love the feel and playability of these instruments. Check out the interview I did with them about the new album on their website! 

Thank you to everyone who supports my music, shares these recordings and videos, and helps me create music for a living. I'm honored by all the support I get from everyone and so grateful for it! 

See you at a show soon!