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Dave Christianson is a versatile and brilliant guy. He writes great songs, often about the ironic and humorous moments within real life. He possesses a truly beautiful, musical voice. The guy can really sing.
Dave’s music has always been broadly influenced, by 1960’s & 70’s soul singers, soundscapes of the urban blues, the interplay of modern jazz, the evocative storytelling of the country music and folk traditions, all tightly wound together like a ball of twine.
He’s a singing drummer, like Levon Helm, Grady Tate, Phil Collins, Buddy Miles. Kind of a rarity, someone who can lay down the groove in earnest and sing freely at the same time. Dave’s fun to watch and great to hear.
Dave worked as a jingle writer in the 1980’s, he wrote and produced some award-winning music for radio and TV advertising campaigns. He knows what he’s doing in the recording studio, and produces some great recordings. Dave has produced eight albums of his own music to date. The most recent, called “'Splode Package”, he self-released in the summer of 2013 on Macrobop Recordings, Dave’s independent label. The album features Dave’s voice, his powerful drumming and piano playing, along with some great playing from guitar virtuoso Danny Bresett, as well as bassist Pete Richards and keyboardist Scott Doyle, all regular bandmates of Dave’s in his live group. There are 18 songs and 110 minutes of music over two discs. The settings of the tunes are quite varied, the imagination of the listener is engaged by the lyrics and the sounds.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Dave had visited Austin, liked being there, found a place to settle in, and moved down to Texas. Austin has gained a uniquely gifted soul to count amongst those gifted artists already present there. When you hear Dave’s voice, you’ll remember it. When you have the opportunity to see and hear he and his compatriots perform, jump on it. Dave will move you.