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Dave Kearney got his first guitar,,a sears silvertone;with hula dancers on it,from his father when he was nine years old. by age fourteen he was playing at uso shows in the maryland/virginia/dc. area,. after his family relocated to the mid-west, he became a founding member of the regional favorite " reed street " opening for national acts including The Hollies,Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes, Steppenwolf, Seals and Croft, and Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels. then in 1971 he returned to Baltimore to form the alt-country band " Backslider " . this group played concerts, clubs and festivals from Delaware to Key West, opening for John Prine, Pure Prarie League ,Asleep At The Wheel, and Ronnie Milsap. in both of these bands, Dave was the primary songwriter, and his songs have been recorded by Del McCoury and other nashville artists. Dave is currently a resident of Woodstock ny..