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Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, David Wilcox’s songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.
Cleveland-born he is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.
Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth.
Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”
“Factor in a strong acoustic guitar technique that eschews simplistic strumming in favor of expressive finger-picking, and a pleasant voice that sounds like a more insistent, fuller bodied James Taylor, and you have a solid solo- acoustic performer who will make his way even if he doesn’t serve ear candy.”
— Los Angeles Times
“Fueled by brilliantly articulate guitar, an honestly pretty baritone, and deft lyrics, he combines the best of both pop and modern folk aesthetics.”
— Boston Globe
Girl Blue – Opening Act – Voted favorite singer-songwriter in the Capital District
“To fully understand what makes Girl Blue so special, you need to unplug from the computer and see her perform live, her powerful voice is something most musicians dream of having and yet she can shred on a stratocaster and manipulate a loop station into a powerful compositional tool. O’Keefe has the musical and professional tools to have a long career in the music industry. She also has the kind of spark that makes stars.”
–The Alt Weekly
“Like an after-market, grunge lullaby, Girl Blue keeps the music beautiful with dashes of sonic color and unconventional chord patterns that shouldn’t make sense. And yet on several levels, they do, emanating a familiarity as if between strangers. It’s melancholy, but not mopey. Actually, it really rocks.”
— Frank De Blase; Rochester City Newspaper
“Music careers take strange paths, and we’ve been around too long to declare “this is the next big one,” but we are here to let you know that, all of a sudden, everyone is talking about Girl Blue.”
— Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY