David Ducharme-Jones Spotlight

"My Soul And You" from his CD A Loud Guitar
TGS Spotlight Player from February 14, 2013

David Ducharme-Jones’ new album A LOUD Guitar showcases a collection of nine songs tied together by soulful vocals, sophisticated guitar stylings, rootsy arrangements and jam band improvisation. Opening track Long Way to Fall is a guitar riff driven rock and country stew served on the dark side of the moon, think James McMurtry sings Riders on the Storm. "Sometimes I feel, a little bit like smoke, you could put your hand right through me, maybe I could float” he sings on I am a Diamond (anyway) a moody, introspective song about the painful awareness of trusting your own heart. A LOUD Guitar is the follow-up to Ducharme-Jones’ 2009 sophomore release Weeds. A LOUD Guitar also boasts a cover of Traffic's The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys that may beacon you back to sipping psychedelic tea while kicking back in your favorite cowboy boots. The album wraps up with Ruby, a light hearted bluesy original about trailor park love and betrayal featuring a gutsy fiddle a Stones inspired guitar and a vocal performance a la Delbert McClinton. Ducharme-Jones embraces his influences and brings them to the forefront. By sticking to his genre-bending style A LOUD Guitar becomes a refreshing and easy CD for Rock, Blues and Country fans to listen to.

Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, Ducharme-Jones began playing professionally from his early teens when his immersion in music began to define his direction. He toured the Midwest during his late teen years performing with older, more experienced musicians; Dave describes it as “a sink or swim situation, I was thrown headfirst into the deep end... what didn’t kill me helped me become a better player and sharpened my survival skills.” He had his first record deal at 19 and and then left for the Bay Area where he continued to develop his personal style performing and recording with his original band in clubs in Marin County and San Francisco. It was then that his interest in the actual process of recording became evident. He recalls “back then I had 2 reel-to-reels set up in my bedroom where I began to experiment with multi-track recording when I wasn’t able to work in a studio". During those California days Dave had the good fortune to work with Mike Clink (Guns and Roses) and Neal Schon (Journey) who produced early projects with Ducharme-Jones. His first Austin project, Rainravens, led to a number of albums, several tours, and a large European following. Their final CD, Garden Rocket, was produced and recorded in his home studio.

David’s influences are varied and include many genres of music from blues and rock to americana and jazz. Ducharme-Jones will tell you that his weakness is his love of too many kinds of music, but his listeners will find that with everything he plays there is a thread of continuity that defines his personal style. Ducharme-Jones is a musician’s musician who lends a tasteful twist to each performance as previously noted in prominent magazines such as Rolling Stone, Playboy, Austin Music, Austin Chronicle, InSite, and Austin-American Statesman.

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