Dave has been treading the musical boards for 30 years, starting with an apprenticeship with Bert Jansch, who produced Dave’s first album. Three more albums followed alongside UK and US tours. In 2022, Dave released his fifth and latest album Last Drop of Empty. A commercial and critical success in the UK, Europe and Stateside and producing two Top 5 singles, it was voted Runner Up Best UK Americana Album 2022 by the readers of Americana UK and nominated for UK Country Album of the Year 2022 at The UK Country Music Awards where Dave was also awarded UK Male Country Singer of the Year. After 30 years, he became an overnight success.
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 latest album, Last Drop Of Empty, began to take shape. The record is produced by Stacy and Jack with Jack also playing bass. It was released to critical acclaim both here and Stateside in March 2022 with the first single ‘Damaged‘ reaching No.6 on The British and Irish Country Music charts and No.5 on the iTunes Country Music downloads in Europe. The second single Yorkshire Grey reached No.2.
This was all topped off by Dave being awarded UK Male Country Singer of the Year at The UK Country Music Awards 2022. He was also nominated for UK Country Album of the Year and UK Country Artist of the Year. Last Drop Of Empty was also voted Runner Up Best UK Americana Album 2022 by the readers of Americana UK.
He’s since released two stand alone singles, the Christmas anthem Nineteen Twenty-Four, and Dear John, a cover of the 1982 Status Quo Top 10 hit. Both were released to worldwide acclaim and extensive airplay, charting in a number of global airplay charts. Both tracks were produced by Martin Levan at Red Kite Studio in Wales, who also produced his 2008 album On The Waiting List.
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.
Dave has performed at festivals such as Cornbury Festival, Red Rooster Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Hope Festival, WoodFest, OnBlackheath, Towersey Folk Festival and in America, Dogwood Festival, The Phoenix Festival, Harvest Festival and The Folk Alliance as well as playing iconic venues such The Troubadour, The Half Moon Putney, The Green Note, The Water Rats, and in the US, Eddie’s Attic, Smith’s Old Bar, Stone Pony and The Bluebird.
Red Kite Records
The ‘right place right time’ scenario helped to secure Dave’s previous album, 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 June 2008 and received great reviews both in the UK and US.
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!