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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


(Tuesday, 6/6/17) Today Dave posted his eighth SoundCloud track with the song Under the Table, and you can hear that by clicking on the title, or on the image above. This rocker conveys an upbeat rundown on the sleazy greed-heads who occupy the corruption swamp, sketching the back room antics that the Wall Street bankster types use to pick everyone else's pockets.

Dave Elder's Favorite Songs Playlist

(Sunday, 6/25/2017) Song 361: You Keep Me Hangin' On by Vanilla Fudge, written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. You can watch a very energetic YouTube video of it here. As Dave says . . . In the summer of 68, a bunch of my friends were talking about this amazing new version of a Supremes hit (which I had missed the first time around), and I still remember the moment, riding in a car with a few others on a summer night along the main drag on the south side of town when the young woman at the wheel turned up the radio volume and said, . . . 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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