After more than 20 years of treading the musical boards, it was a headline gig at London’s legendary Troubadour where Dave first met the US Grammy Award winning Producer Stacy Parrish. Talk turned to them working together on new music, with Stacy bringing Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna’s Jack Casady into the fold. Preliminary recording sessions were put in place, trips to Europe and Los Angeles were booked and the groundwork for Dave’s forthcoming album, Last Drop Of Empty, began to take shape. The record is produced by Stacy and Jack, with Jack also playing bass.
Life, Love and London
Dave’s first love is playing live, his songs speak to his audience of life, love and London. For the last few years, he’s been touring his One Man Americana Country showcase around the UK, in between trips to America and Europe. Sometimes joined by the multi talented Matt Percival and drummer extraordinaire Jim Kimberley, he’s cemented his place as part of the Americana aristocracy.
It was when Dave returned from a US tour that he formed The Rude Vandals, 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. They enjoyed success on the London circuit until they went their separate ways.
Red Kite Records
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. It was released in February 2007 and received great reviews both in the UK and US.
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.
Write, Gig, Record
Dave Dix was approached to produce American Refrigerator. 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…
His album 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, saw performances at The Kashmir Klub, a London basement mecca for songwriters.
Back to the Beginning
And back to where it all started in 96 and another chance support that brought Dave to where he is now: opening for the legendary Bert Jansch and serving a two year apprenticeship before cutting the apron strings and heading to America to showcase his act amongst the American elite. And guess what? They loved him!