Dave celebrates 20 years treading the boards this year! A true milestone from the early nineties with a mere 3-chord song or two under his belt. A chance support opening for the legendary Bert Jansch led to serving a two year apprenticeship before cutting the apron strings and heading to America in the summer of ’96 to showcase his act amongst the American elite. And guess what? They loved him!
Comfortable Junction was recorded in Escapade studios Greenwich in ’99 and again tours of the States followed with TV appearances and festivals. Back on the London acoustic scene, performances at The Kashmir Klub a London basement mecca for songwriters, Dave Dix was approached to produce the next album, American Refrigerator. Again recorded in Escapade studios, an earthy and honest album with many songs receiving acclaim, BBC Radio regularly spun the album and with good US airplay too rumours of Willie Nelsons interest in the title track came and went. The cyclical write, gig, record, gig, travel continued…
The ‘right place right time’ scenario helped to secure Dave’s last album to date, On The Waiting List.
Producer Martin Levan owner of Red Kite records signed Dave to his label after a showcase of demos and sessions recorded in deepest Wales. An album not without its problems, it was released in February 2007 and received great reviews.
And the highlight being the album reaching No.1 in the Americana Charts stateside. Dave’s last 2 shows in the USA were with Al Stewart and finally Ian McClagan.
On returning to the UK…
Around the beginning of 2012 a gig was organised in London, and a band was required. So phone calls later and some members from Dave’s previous album recordings were assembled and The Rude Vandals were unveiled. The response was unexpectantly “Wow these guys can play”. A completely thrown together affair even though they had all played together in various guises.
A tight but loose rhythm section in Andy Ireland and Matt Percival, drums and bass respectively. Multi instrumentalist Martin Brown and fronted by the two harmony entwined vocals of Dave and Siobhan Parr, a seasoned singer songwriter in her own right. And that’s it: it clicked! With hours of tunes to choose from, the set was strong with self penned songs from both Parr and Sutherland and selected other faves.
Dave continues to headline around the London circuit and beyond, both acoustically and with his rhythm section.