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Dave Elder - Musician for Peace

A Jolly Rocker Spokesman for Progressive Values

"Dave's music is off-beat, very eclectic, folksy, delivered with a wonderful sense of timing and a great sense of humor."

-Chris Poh, from radio station WDVR

Folk, rock, blues and country mark the 4 main points of Dave's musical compass, but the listener might pick up a hint of gospel, jazz or even classical flavor here and there. Dave Elder is a dynamic and engaging singer-songwriter-performer with a unique point of view.

Dave's Video in the News

(Wednesday, 4/5/17) Today a story about the If I Was You YouTube video appeared in a newspaper, and you can check out that report here.

Dave's Now Officially a Rock Star

(Tuesday, 3/12/17) In early January Coast 2 Coast released its #Rockstars Mixtape Volume 14 with If I Was You taking a prominent slot as track 22, later moving up to number 21, to 20, and then today to number 19. You can find that post here. No further proof of rock star status should be required, although more may be on the way.

And along those lines, wouldn't it be cool if a certain singer who started out back in the 1960s decided to release a cover of one of Dave's anti-fracking songs! While the story remains a sketchy rumor at this point, watch this space - if and when something develops to fill in those sketches, it will show up here.

Dave's SoundCloud Song of the Month


(Wednesday, 5/10/17) Today Dave posted his seventh SoundCloud track with the song Mark on the Land, and you can hear that by clicking on the title, or on the image above. This folk-flavored eco-anthem expresses disgust at the negligent thoughtless way too many fellow human beings treat the world - the one and only planet we have to share with each other, and with all other living animals and plants - like it's some kind of garbage can. This song holds the distinction of having appeared in the progressive song magazine Broadside, which is an honor it shares with If I Was You.

Dave Elder's Favorite Songs Playlist

(Sunday, 5/28/2017) Song 357: There Goes My Heart Again by Holly Dunn, written by Joe Diffie, Lonnie Wilson and Wayne Perry. You can find a YouTube video of it here. As Dave says . . . Is there some hidden meaning to the fact that last week's song title and this week's both start and end with the same letter? Mystery, or destiny, I certainly didn't plan for that, or even notice until I finished typing up the original bit. Anyway, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I listened to a lot of country radio, which sounded pretty good at the time, and while the songwriting didn't come across as . . . Read more

Dave on Spotify

(Saturday, 4/15/2017) After creating his first Spotify playlist in early February called Dave Elder's Favorite Anti-war Songs, in late March Dave started a second Spotify playlist, this one called Me and My Songwriter Friends, and today he got that playlist over the critical 20-song mark. Dave plans to use this playlist to showcase the work of some good friends who are also fellow songwriters, including Jeff Larson, Patti Rothberg, Joe Canzano and Carol Denney. You can check out either of Dave's Spotify playlists by clicking on the name. You can also listen to all, or any part, of Who Said What, and/or Elder Street, on Spotify, and you can find those CDs there just by clicking on the names. Country Drivin' should be appearing on Spotify one of these days as well, and the link will be here as soon as it is.

Dave Elder's Jukebox

Listen to some Dave Elder songs on Dave's Juke Box

You can also hear Dave's music right here courtesy of Dave's jukebox, which includes 7 tracks from Who Said What plus a few cuts from Elder Street and Country Drivin'. Just click on the jukebox and take your pick. You can listen as long as you have the little jukebox window open, even if you leave this website.

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That's Dave on the right, with Jeff Larson (middle) and Craig Rigglesford (left) in Big Sur, many years ago.

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