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.

Employing altered tunings, Raitt creates aural textures that give voice to an inner vision of life. “Daybreak” is almost minimalist in approach yet fills with light and nuanced movement. “Perpetual Motion” also shows minimalist influences. “Learning to Dance” gracefully swirls and twists. “A Moment in Time” is reflective os something significant with increasing power as the song develops. The title cut “Pursuing the Horizon” finds Raitt using harmonics, chords, tapping, percussive slaps and single note runs to weave in intricate tapestry moving in a linear direction. This is a really nice CD of modern fingerstyle guitar music by a man who knows how to play. Good listening for a long drive or quiet afternoon watching time slip by.
— Review of "Pursuing the Horizon"
Donovan’s music is very melodic and well written. The album “Pursuing the Horizon” has a very engaging feel and vibe that makes you want to listen to it over and over again. It also demonstrate his great talent as an talented instrumentalist, but also as a composer.
— Antoine Dufour
Donovan’s music has the great elements to look for; great groove, warm chords, and catchy melodies. This is music that can be felt
— Trevor Gordon Hall, Fingerstyle Guitarist
I am impressed with your album! Very nice songs on there with good melodies!
— Daniel Voth, Fngerstyle Guitarist
Sounding good! I hear some Andy Mckee influence in there... Im sure he would be proud!
— Ewan Dobson, Fingerstyle Guitarist
Donovan made his guitar sound as if three people were playing three different instruments, slapping the rhythm alive with his palm while exploring a plethora of melody lines that tumbled over each other in a delicious way.
Rhythmic moods dominate this strictly solo acoustic guitar release from fingerstylist Donovan Raitt. Compositionally Raitt develops themes with an emphasis on repetition and melody rather than flashy soloing or killer licks on this first full CD. He accents these grooves with strategic tapping and percussive playing, making the CD’s title apt. His more complex compositions like “The Road Home” and “Lullaby” stand out from the coalescent nature of this collection of very listenable tunes.
Strategic Tension is a fantastic album with exciting compositions and intriguing guitar playing. Donovan’s blazing finger-style technique raises the bar, yet doesn’t compromise musicality and ear-candy factor.
— John Storie, New West Guitar Group