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Biography

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Dave began his musical career the age of twelve studying drums in his hometown of Chicago. A year later he was one of the founding members of "The Epics," a blue-eyed soul/rock band that would last five years and perform at many Chicago events and high school dances. Some of their tunes included music from the Young Rascals, James Brown, Wilson Picket, and the Beatles.

 

Dave learned guitar from Epics band members, stealing chords and technique during breaks. When the Epics disbanded, Dave purchased a five-dollar garage-sale guitar and continued to teach himself. Heavily influence by the acoustic music of the late 60's/early 70's, some of Dave's strongest influences include Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and of course, the Beatles.

 

In college, Dave was bitten by the performance bug when some friends cajoled him into singing at an open-mic. coffeehouse. Although he was unpolished and "raw." the loud applause of his supporting comrades gave him the confidence to pursue performing on a more regular basis. Since then, Dave has been in a number of duos and trios. In the late '80s, he became more serious about music and embarked on a part-time, professional solo career. It was during this time that his repertoire expanded dramatically. Playing at a number of rowdy "biker bars" forced him to learn music other than mellow folk. These new horizons included country, acoustic rock and country rock. Influences included Neil Young, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Buffet, the Who and Marshal Tucker.

 

Currently, Dave performs solo in bars, restaurants, and resorts in the Capital District, the Adirondack and Catskill regions, and Pittsfield, Mass. With a repertoire which includes a wide variety of styles and time periods, he's capable of doing high-energy rock and sing-alongs, soft intimate material from contemporary singer-songwriters, country rock, comedy tunes, children's music, and even a few originals. He especially likes playing to the crowd and encourages requests heavily. With an active songlist of over 200 songs, people are always able to find a number of songs which speak to them. Dave is also known for playing long sets, often two and three hours long when the audience is really into it.

drender@nycap.rr.com