Yesterday I received Dave's new CD. I gave it its first spin just a little bit ago. What a great CD! Of course Dave's singing is brilliant, it's no wonder his performances are in such high demand, and all the instrument work and other vocals are absolutely lovely. The recording quality is fabulous, so rich and warm. The CD comes with a twelve page booklet that offers great information about the making of the CD as well as the histories and stories of the songs and tunes. For those interested in the music of "Up Country America" this CD is a must have in the collection. It is available directly from Dave through his website.
On a personal level this CD has touched me deeply. I had the great honor of playing music with Ray Murphy, a brilliant mandolin player here in New Jersey. Playing music with Ray developed in me a deeper love and admiration of that which the mandolin brings to both American and Irish music. Since his passing last year I have been reluctant to seek out another mandolin player to play music with. Hearing Dave's mandolin playing on this CD, especially on the last track "Kingdom Coming", has brought back my desire to once again play music with the mandolin in the mix. I found it rather ironic that this track, and it inspiring me as it did, would be track number thirteen as Ray would always remark that he was convinced he was the living epitome of "Murphy's Law". Thank you for that Dave.
All the best!