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Vine band is making tracks after chance encounter

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Danny McGaw warms up for his weekly performance at The Vine May 7.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Musician Danny McGaw, an Ojai resident by way of Manchester, England, began playing at The Vine a year and a half ago as a solo act. 
McGaw still plays each Sunday, but he’s now accompanied by four Ojai musicians and a band of local followers.
An unexpected recording opportunity, that McGaw believes will help create “the album of his life” came by way of bass player Tim Hutton.
“(Hutton) came to The Vine three weeks in a row,” said McGaw. “We didn't have a bass player at the time and he said, 'you need a bass player. Can I be your bass player?' He didn't say that he was a Grammy winner or that he has a beautiful studio in Laurel Canyon, he just said, 'can I play bass for you?' And I said, 'sure, yeah, come next week.'”

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