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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 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

(Thursday, 3/16/17) Today Dave posted his fifth SoundCloud track with the song Sweet Rainy-day Friend. You can hear this cut on Dave's jukebox at this website, but if you'd prefer to cruise SoundCloud, you can find the song here.

Dave Elder's Favorite Songs Playlist

(Sunday, 3/26/2017) Song 348: One Way Out by The Allman Brothers Band, written by Elmore James, Marshall Sehorn and Sonny Boy Williamson II. You can find a YouTube video of it here. Following last week’s post of a Chuck Berry song to honor him a day after he died, I chose this week’s Allman Brothers track as a way to honor drummer Butch Trucks, who sadly took his own life in late January of this year at the age of 69. When I got on a plane in Chicago on June 10, 1971, I don’t think any of my RnR friends knew anything about the Allman Brothers Band, nor did I, but within days of landing in Atlanta, I was hearing their music a lot, and hearing about them quite a lot. In the middle of that summer,. . . Read more

Dave's First Spotify Playlist

(Friday, 3/10/2017) Dave created his first Spotify playlist in early February, which he calls Dave Elder’s Favorite Anti-war Songs, and today he finally got it over the 20 song mark. This playlist contains classics like Gimme Shelter, Eve of Destruction and Something the Boy Said. Of course, Dave made sure to feature If I Was You in the mix, but in addition, he included Song for the Next War by his friend Joe Canzano, AKA Happy Joe. In putting this playlist together, Dave reacquainted himself with some songs he hadn’t heard in a while, like Walking on a Thin Line, and he also found a couple of songs he hadn’t heard before that have now become favorites, including Sugar Blue’s Stop the War. You can check out that playlist by clicking on the title. Peace!

Dave Elder's Jukebox

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what would an mp3 be worth? Rather than wading through wordy descriptions of Dave's music, you can easily get a clearer view by listening to the tracks on Dave's jukebox, which includes 7 tracks from his most recent CD 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.

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

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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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