Dave likes to play those old guitars (it makes him think he’s younger).
Role in the band
Guitar and the occasional vocal
I’ve been playing for way too many years and have been lucky enough to play in all sorts of settings including Rock, Funk, Blues, and Jazz bands, Folk groups, Theatre pit orchestras, and classical settings. In addition to playing with Bob’s Brother’s Band I also play with Darby Road, a horn driven jazz, rock, funk, and blues band.
The people who influenced me more than any others were the local musicians I was lucky enough to be exposed to in my home town of Corning, NY. These include Mr. Kelly (my first guitar teacher), Jim Barbaro, Mike Giannone, Sherman Curry, Dave Capus, Bill and Tom Gonta, Bob and Gerry Bush, Rick DiGiacomo, Ed Brown, Jim Kosty, Steve Peao, John Wisor, Bill Smalt, Dave Fiorini, Willie Hyde, Pat Lando, Bucky Hackett, Brillo, John Carpenter, Bob Carlson and many more. What a great town for music when we were growing up and it amazes me how many folks from that time are still very active musicians.
Of course now, the members of Bob’s Brother’s Band have to be included as do Mike O’Brien, Tom Greenfield, Bill Brown, and Scot Gerten. The people I learn the most from musically today are my sons, Grant and Paul. I learn other things from Luke.
Renown influences include anyone with the last name King, Eric Clapton, Terry Kath, Jimi Hendrix, Al DiMeola, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Jim Hall, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin, Duane Allman, Carlos Santana, Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler, Herb Ellis, Dickie Betts, and of course Django Reinhardt. Also, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and many more.
Favorite song(s) that the band plays
Some of my favorites are “Black Friday”, “Set Fire to the Rain”, “Make Me Smile”, “Soul Shine”, and “People Get Ready.”
Favorite thing about playing in Bob’s Brother’s Band
It’s great playing with solid musicians who above all are just great people.
I still have my ’72 Les Paul Gold Top Deluxe that I bought new with the money I earned as a 15 year old working on the cleanup of Hurricane Agnes. Other on stage guitars include 1979 Gibson ES 335 CRR, A Taylor 315 CE, and an American Deluxe Strat. My amps of choice are Fenders. Mostly I use a Silverface Vibrolux Reverb. There are many more guitars and amps at home. Oh yeah, and I can’t go anywhere without my Cry Baby and volume pedal.