Dave has been playing music, performing, and writing songs for 5 decades. He has played in taverns, dance halls, concert venues, festivals, showcases and coffee houses from coast to coast and in British Columbia. Dave and some friends formed a bluegrass trio and moved to Santa Fe in 1976. Keeping its homespun bluegrass and hillbilly roots, but adding swing, country rock and western flavored ballads to the sound, they named the band Gumbo because of the spicy mixture of so many types of music and instrumental combinations.
The band was an extremely popular circuit band in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas, but played venues from Myrtle Beach, SC to Ft. Nelson British Columbia and all points in between. Gumbo was also opening act for such performers as Brenda Lee, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Michael Martin Murphey. They moved to Alamosa Colorado and became a foundational piece of the vibrant and unique music scene that is still innovating, creating, writing and recording there.
After taking a long break from the road, enjoying family life and having a successful career designing and developing medical products, Dave has returned to his roots in performing, songwriting, and recording. His first CD is entitled Just Flow is a collaboration with Gumbo bandmate Pat Hooper was released December of 2016. The newly released project is an album of 12 of Dave’s original songs entitled Southern Dreams recorded at Howling Dog Studio.
In late 2016, Dave and his cousin Frank Cox decided to form Rocktown Revival, as a way to take Dave’s original music and songs from some of the greatest American artists to folks who, like themselves, love the revival of roots-based music.