Dave McGraw, Mandy Fer
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how good a performer she is.
You may not be familiar with Cheryl, but you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Chery's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. If they think she is great, then you owe it to yourself to learn more if you aren't familiar with her.
From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people's comments about her you can learn that she is a natural story teller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you've been told about her. Besides, almost half of the songs she does during her shows haven't been recorded!
If you have never seen her do a live concert, then by all means do so! I get e-mail from people all the time thanking me for spreading the word about Cheryl. They go to the concert knowing they will enjoy it, and often find it even better than they had thought it would be. If she doesn't ever perform near you, then try to find a copy of her video and see what you are missing. You can find some clips of her on YouTube, but they are usually only the songs, and not the stories. If she ever performs near you, do what you can to attend. If you don't, you will kick yourself later for missing a great show.
McGraw believes in the power of the stories that we tell. He believes that expression through art can define our culture, and can thereby directly influence the way in which we live our lives. Dave tells his stories through his music. His tales of the well-lived life, accompanied by his dynamic acoustic arrangements, are thoughtful and inspiring. "Dave's music is heartfelt, spiritually rich and endlessly wise... folk music of the sort that can enrapture anyone who takes the time to really listen." (blackmagicplastic)
Ranging from the simplicity of guitar and voice to pieces colored by horns and percussion, Dave's debut album, Northwest/Southwest, was released in the summer of 2005. Raw and emotional, this album invokes the dusty desert roads and lush green forests of Dave's travels throughout the American west. At age 28, he has spent much of his young adult life migrating between the mountains and islands of the Pacific Northwest and the canyons and high deserts of northern Arizona.
In addition to incorporating the musical flavors of the various places in which he has lived, Dave's music reflects his appreciation of a great diversity of musical styles. A drummer and percussionist for nearly fifteen years, he has taken stage with bands performing roots country, folk, blues, jazz-influenced rock, and world music. In the current stage of his musical journey, Dave has stepped out from behind the drumset and into clear view, molding all of these genres into a sound of his own.
Again collaborating with John Tosch at Pool or Pond Records and musician and co-producer Thomas Lord, Dave recently released his second album, "Where the Sea Settles Down" in April of 2007. While still rooted in Dave's unique brand of folk, the new album showcases a more rhythmically driven sound and his continuing maturation as a songwriter and musician. Dave just finished a 5 week tour from Arizona to Washington and will be touring again in the fall of 2007.
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