In the course of an evening's music I try to visit both the dark and light sides of life. There are a lot of woeful things in this world, and yet so much to laugh about!|
I've seen a lot of sadness, unkindness, stupidity and disease. I've witnessed death in several forms, not all of them bad. I’ve seen birth and it is both beautiful and horrible. I've traveled to many parts of the world and met all kinds of people: rich, poor, content, dissatisfied, hedonic, hungry, greedy, selfless, distracted, focused, educated, ignorant, inebriated and sober.
I’ve decided that people are the same everywhere because we are all different. And, yeah, there is a lot to cry about; but I can’t help but laugh at some of the things I see, particularly in myself. And with such variety to our species, there is an endless wealth of material to mine for songs and stories!
I am very grateful to anyone and everyone who listens to my music! There are two Dave Cofell CDs out now and plans for as many more as I have time to make.
The solo album, “The Road Ahead” (2009), was recorded in the basement of my home and was meant to have the sound of what you would hear if you listened to me in a coffee shop without the roar of the espresso machine and chatter of the customers. Just me with a guitar and harmonica singing some of my favorite original songs.
“No Substitute (For You)” (2012) takes my music to another level. I had the help of some very talented friends on this one – John Wilber, Jim Caron, Randy Mickelberg and Adam Hammer. It features a variety of styles – instrumental banjo tunes, moody folk songs, jazzy novelty songs, rocking blues and R&B. One track features my daughter, Emiliana, reading from her prizewinning short story, “Eight”.
I am currently working on my third album, “A Thousand Shades of Blue”, which has been funded through a grant provided by the by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, administered by the Central Minnesota Arts Board.
For the past 6 or 7 years I have been associated with a very talented singer-songwriter, Adam Hammer. In the course of a year we play about fifty concerts together in places ranging from small coffee shops and bistros to colleges and theatres. In addition to this I play about 150 solo gigs a year in a wide range of venues across the country.
I am very lucky to have the support of so many friends, family and fans! But the person who really makes it all possible is my beautiful wife, Stephanie, without her love and support I would quickly crumble into dust! She does all of my booking, irons my shirts and co-pilots the car when we are on tour.
Thank you for listening, thank you for reading this. I hope I see you soon at one of my upcoming concert appearances!
Thank you everyone for all the support!
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