Dave Widow – ‘Waiting For The World To End’

Written by on March 22, 2012 in Interviews, March 22, 2012 - Comments Off on Dave Widow – ‘Waiting For The World To End’

“I like to put it all-in one bag,-shake it up and make it interesting, and do something people don’t always anticipate!” – Dave Widow

Dave Widow - 'Waiting For The World To End'

With his unique style of finger picking and distinct vocals, guitarist Dave Widow (whose new album WAITING FOR THE WORLD TO END drops this Spring) brings a fresh approach to the Blues, while also combining elements of R&B, Funk, Soul and Rock. His musical style is influenced by his relationship with many great blues and R&B talents, including Buddy Miles, Bonnie Bramlett, Bill Champlain, Lonnie Mack, and his mentor and collaborator (the late) Roger “Jellyroll” Troy, bassist and vocalist for The Mike Bloomfield Band. “Dave Widow and the Lineup do an amazing job channeling the authenticity of Blues, covering influential legends like Taj Mahal and T-Bone Walker, without compromising their own style,” wrote respected trade publication MUSIC CONNECTION in a recent live show review. “Dave Widow and the Lineup deserve a spot on the ‘1,000 Bands To See Before You Die’ List,” the magazine concludes.       All Access Magazine (AAM) interviewed Dave (DW) recently.

All Access Magazine: AAM: If music is food, then the music you make would be a (fill in the blank).

DW: A Souffle’, with a lot of different ingedients!

AAM: Describe your philosophy on the music you create, from the moment you have a thought about a certain song to actually getting it recorded.

DW: Well, I don’t really have any one way that I create my music…Sometimes, I get a title idea-then write the lyrics around that title idea, and the music might be the last thing I do, in that scenario…or, I might get an idea for a guitar riff, and expand on that, both lyrically and musically…then sometimes, I get an idea which contains some  of the lyrics and the music at the same time, and I will sometimes wake up in the morning, or the middle of the night-with these thoughts, and if that happens-I have to jump on them right way, before those ideas become lost…      I also enjoy collaborating with other songwriters, and we may start an idea, with something i or they have already started to create, and, it can vary a lot, as far as how my songs come about…It’s always interesting, and some come more naturally quicker than others, and some, I may labor over details, and lyrical lines, until I’m happy with the result, like an equation, that’s not correct, until i’m happy with it.

AAM: How and why did you start making music in the first place?

DW: I began making music, or at least playing music at around the age of nine or ten, and I played in bands, and we played the current music of that period, in the early ‘70’s, and it really wasn’t until I was about twenty or twenty-one  years of age where I started to write my own songs.

AAM: Are there any certain artists or groups you have patterned your music after (some might call these “influences”)?

DW: I’ve been influenced by so many different artists and genres, it’s hard to completely nail that down, but certainly, I was heavily influenced early on by the music I heard on the AM radio stations, and they played a lot of Soul, R&B, Stax artists like Otis Redding etc, The Beatles, and a lot of Classic Rock  of the early ‘70’s. Later on, I got to meet and play with Lonnie Mack, who I already seemed to have a lot in common with-style-wise, and he became a sizable influence on me, going forward.      Also around that period, I met some blues talents like Roger Troy, and I began getting more into Blues, and R&B, and that became more my thing.  But I really combine different genres together, and that’s what keeps it interesting, that I’m not following anybody else’s guidelines on what they think certain styles should be strictly comprised of. I like to put it all-in one bag,-shake it up and make it interesting, and do something, people don’t always anticipate!

AAM: Being based as you are in the so-called “Entertainment Capital of the World,” has that helped open any doors for you, musically speaking?

DW: Sure it has… I came here over twenty  years ago, and I was lucky enough to have made some good connections when I was living and working in Cincinnati, with guys like Roger Troy (nicknamed “Jellyroll” by James Brown) of Mike Bloomfield’s various groups, as well as other notable projects, and the Goshorn Brothers-from the group Pure Prairie League. We all were in projects and groups together, so when I came out to Southern California, I had been given some names and  numbers of notable musicians and people in the business, and I began hooking up with players, and doing gigs, and that just built into all of the relationships I have today. I am blessed to have such a number of really terrific people who I work with. AAM: Talk about the process of recording as well as the songs you wrote on your soon-to-be-released new album, Waiting For The World To End.

My new CD which is coming out in about a month was recorded  with friends and band-mates Gary Mallaber, James Gadson, Reggie McBride, David Morgan, Marty Grebb, Mike Finnigan (who plays Hammond b3 and some piano on most of the CD);  Bill Champlin (who plays B3 and guitar and sings back-round on a song we wrote together called “Second Hand Love).” Barry Goldberg is also playing piano on one song, as well as appearances by Marcy Levy, Lorelei McBroom, Lynn Fanelli, and others. It’s a fun CD, and all the songs are original tunes, or collaborations.

AAM: So they say it’s not what you know, its who you play with. Just who doyou perform and record with (it’s okay to drop names here).

DW: I actually perform with most of the guys I mentioned in the previous question, along with many others, and the band switches around a little – depending on who’s in town, or out on the road at the moment, but it’s always a stellar group of musicians who I’m fortunate and blessed enough to be associated with!

AAM: Hear tell you just got nominated for “Musical Act of the Year” by the Los Angeles Music Awards. Your thoughts on that?

DW:  Well, I really appreciate they’re nominating me for that award, and I think of it, as recognition for my years of performing and work as a musician, and all of the hard work over the years…It’s very nice to be thought of, in that regard! It was pretty cool for (L.A. Music Awards Executive Producer Al Bowman) to come give us our nomination onstage during our band’s recent House of Blues gig in Hollywood.

AAM: What are you ultimately trying to accomplish in the music industry going forward from this point in time on?

DW: I want to take this CD and tour a bit, and seek out some dates in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere…I have somewhat of a fan-base in Singapore, and in other places outside of the good ol’ USA, and I am looking towards going abroad and playing for some of my fans around the country, and elsewhere.

AAM: Any parting thoughts?

DW: We’re looking forwards to getting around and playing a little more as the new CD is released, and I am really looking forward to performing the new material, along with some of our old favorites…I hope to see more of our fans this year, and hope for a very busy new year! I just wanna-also wish everyone peace and good-luck and a prosperous new year!