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Although he now calls Canada home, Maple Blues Award winner David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie- woogie piano player and blues shouter.
David grew up in Birmingham, not far from Tuxedo Junction. He played his first paying gig in 1957, and by the time his band opened for Roy Orbison on New Year's Day 1962, he was a seasoned veteran of Gulf Coast roadhouses and honky- tonks.
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At age 17, David went on tour with Jerry Woodard and the Esquires, some of whom later became key members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the Muscle Shoals Horns. While still with Woodard, he jammed with
Ace Cannon, Bill Black's Combo and the Jimmy Dorsey Band in clubs along the Florida Panhandle. About the time David turned 21 he was onstage backing Big Joe Turner, who said that David Vest's playing made him feel like he was back home in Kansas City.
David also worked the southern gospel circuit, wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette (as detailed in Jimmy McDonough's bio of the country legend), toured with Faron Young (who threatened to kill him), backed Red Foley in a show where all the stars got robbed, worked in a theatre with Fannie Flagg and became the first American artist to record an album in Romania, after his appearance at the Sibiu Jazz Festival. Later David would receive the "direct laying on of hands" from piano legends like Big Walter The Thunderbird and Floyd Dixon. He would tour extensively with Jimmy T99 Nelson and Miss Lavelle White. Katie Webster told him, "I knows it when I hears it."
From 2002 through 2006, David shared lead vocals and frontman duties in the Paul deLay Band, culminating in his performance on an award-winning live CD, which reached the Top Ten on Billboard's national blues chart. During his years in Portland, David won five Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association, including Best Keyboard Player.
In 2012 he recorded and released East Meets Vest, backed by members of Downchild and Fathead. Holger Petersen of CBC Saturday Night Blues called it, "one of the best Canadian blues albums of 2012.”
East Meets Vest was nominated for the Maple Blues’ Recording Of The Year in 2013.
David’s 2014 album, Roadhouse Revelation, went straight to Number One on the Roots Music Report chart for Canada and garnered a four-star review from Downbeat. David continues to tour extensively, from small blues joints to major festivals across North America, where he regales crowds with his unmistakably authentic blues sound and stories about the fascinating life of a traveling bluesman.
Advance tickets online Feb. 12 at centralmusicfest.com - $29 each or $199/table of eight or $35 at the door. Food available, you must purchase a meal ticket online to guarantee your supper. Doors at 6:00, supper served until 7:00. Openers, Justine Vandergrift, Levi Cuss and Alberta Murderaz at 7:30, David Vest at 8:30.