Welcome to the Official website of Davey O.
* 2016 Nominee - Sportmen's Americana Music Foundation, Jim Lauderdale Songwriter of the Year Award
* 2015 Finalist (third place in Folk Rock/Roots/Americana/category) - 32nd Annual Middle Atlantic Song Contest
* Selected Artist - 2015 NERFA Conference Suzi Wollenburg DJ Showcase
* Selected Artist - 2014 Passim Campfire Festival
* 2013 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
* 2013 Best New Artist - Radio Crystal Blue, Tacoma, WA
* Official Showcase Selection - 2011 International Folk Alliance Conference
* "No Passengers" counted among the Best of 2014 - WHRW (Binghamton, NY), WAMC (Albany, NY), The Sundilla Radio Hour (Auburn, AL), WMSC (Montclair, NJ), Radio Crystal Blue (Tacoma, WA), WVPE (Elkhart, IN)
THANK YOU! to the 76 backers who successfully funded my Kickstarter Campaign. We raised a little over $6,500 and recording started in mid January on the new CD. Here's a link to a cover version of the Crowded House song, "Don't Dream It's Over" that will be appearing on this record - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrRDsiuNMiE
What I can do to serve your audience?
I perform between 120-140 live dates per year at venues ranging from listening rooms, house concerts, concert clubs, coffeehouses, private parties, bars, restaurants, and occasionally at assisted care facilities. The material performed varies, is dependent on the type of venue, and the expected audience. I always perform in a solo format, and can provide anything from a brief 20 minute set of original material as an opening act, a single 45 minute set of original material for a co-billed show, two 45 minute sets or one 90 minute set of original material as a headline act, or three 50 minute sets of cover material to entertain clientele at your bar, restaurant, or private event.
How far do I travel?
To date, I have performed in 21 of the 48 contiguous United States, the District of Columbia, as well as one Canadian province. As the saying goes, "have guitar, will travel". That said, it has to make logistical and financial sense for me to set out for a series of tour dates.
"a rare voice for the actual struggling everyday people of this world--not filtered through legend or tradition, but as actually and personally experienced" - Sarah Craig, Manager, Caffe Lena
What is this going to cost you?
If you are interested in my available dates and rates, please email me directly at email@example.com
Fees are dependent on the type of service you are contracting me for, and I am always happy to discuss ways in which we can work together, whether it is negotiating a guarantee, or setting the price and percentages for a ticketed show.
"Davey O. crafts intimate, folk-and country-based slices of a life examined. With a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation, he finds the universal in the particular, turning day-to-day minutiae into dusty paeans to the indomitability of the human spirit." - Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News
It's no surprise that Buffalo, NY born and bred songwriter Davey O. has been described by Buffalo News critic Jeff Miers as having "a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation". Embarking on a decade-plus journey that has resulted in a collection of justly-earned, highly introspective songs, Davey crafts pure Americana that is not of the social and political consciousness, but drawn from the deep well of experience and human emotion - no hackneyed story lines, no insincere polish, just an unflinching poet's look at life. The characters woven seamlessly into stories of which the song itself becomes the soundtrack for the movie playing inside the listener's head.
Armed with a steady, rhythmic pulse on his Gibson guitar, a battered straw cowboy hat and a no apologies rust-belt work ethic, Davey puts rubber to asphalt, entertaining attentive, diverse audiences at listening rooms, coffeehouses, nightclubs, festivals, colleges and universities throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Midsouth and Atlantic U.S. - performances that result in engagement and communion between performer and audience through story and song.
The hard work has paid off with recognition by way of a New Folk Finalist Selection at The 2013 Kerrville Folk Festival, an Official Showcase Selection at the 2011 Folk Alliance Conference and coveted opening act slots for Ellis Paul, Amy Speace, Tracy Grammer, Eilen Jewell, Suzanne Vega, Eric Andersen, Cheryl Wheeler, Sloan Wainwright, Kim & Reggie Harris, The Kennedys and Poco.
In August 2012, Davey released - "Testing For Rust" which grabbed the attention of Folk & Americana DJ's across the country, earning him top grades on the Folk DJ Charts. "Testing For Rust" debuted on FOLK DJ Radio Charts at #20, made the Top Sellers on CD Baby, hit the Airplay Direct Charts Top 50, and spent 11 weeks in the Top 25 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) for State of NY. "Testing For Rust" was also placed on the 2012 "Best of" lists by radio stations WVPE (Elkhart, IN), WHRW (Binghamton, NY), 90FM (Stevens Point, WI) and WMSC (Montclair, NJ).
In September 2014, Davey release a 7 song EP, "No Passengers", co-produced by Neale Eckstein at Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA over the course of a day and a half. Like its predecessor "Testing For Rust", "No Passengers" also captured the hearts of folk DJ's around the country, debuting as a Top 20 album on the Folk DJ Charts for September 2014 and remaining a Top 25 Contemporary Folk CD on the Roots Music Reports for the better part of five months. "No Passengers" also received critical acclaim with inclusion on the "Best of 2014" lists of no less than six radio stations - WHRW (Binghamton, NY), WAMC (Albany, NY), WMSC (Montclair, NJ), Radio Crystal Blue (Tacoma, WA), WVPE (Elkhart, IN) and The Sundilla Radio Hour (Auburn, AL). “No Passengers” was also graded among the Top 100 Contemporary Folk Albums of 2014 on the Roots Music Reports, landing in the #25 position.
Equal parts songwriter and storyteller, Davey has also earned the respect of his peers for his constant dedication to the art of song craft as well as for his incredible work ethic, which finds him performing close to 140 dates per year.
Davey is looking to build on the success of his previous releases with the 2017 release of “A Bright Horizon Line” - his new, full length CD. Joined by veteran folk artists Tracy Grammer (background vocals), and Pat Wictor (dobro), as well as up and coming artists Matt Nakoa (piano), and Eric Lee (mandolin, fiddle), “A Bright Horizon Line” is a collection of 10 tracks (9 original compositions, and a cover of the Crowded House classic “Don’t Dream It’s Over”) – each one taking the listener on an adventure via music and words, strung along the common thread of this journey we are all on. Co-produced with Neale Eckstein at Fox Run Studios, the production values and arrangements are clear, concise, and cinematic in their quality, successfully capturing the elements of both contemporary and traditional folk music.
Reflect (2000) out of print
the bare sessions (2001) out of print
The Emotional Shelter (2003) available in digital download only
thirtyninedollarview (2005) limited supply in CD; available in digital
The Long Way Home (2009)
Testing For Rust (2012)
No Passengers (2014)
Notable venues and festivals:
Abilene Bar & Lounge, Rochester, NY
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN
Browngrass Festival (2012), Rabbit Hash, KY
Bull Run Restaurant Concert Series, Shirley, MA
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
Cellar Stage, Baltimore, MD
Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
Foundry Hall, South Haven, MI
Godfrey Daniels, Bethehem, PA
Googie's Lounge/The Living Room, New York, NY
Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX
Niagara University, Lewiston, NY
Rockwood Music Hall, NYC
2015 Roots on the River Festival, Bellows Falls, VT
Sportsmen's Tavern, Buffalo, NY
Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, Amherst, NY
Villa Maria College of Buffalo Recital Hall, Buffalo, NY
Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville, NY
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, Buffalo, NY
Music is Art Festival
Official Performance Alley Showcase Selection - 2011 International Folk Alliance Conference, Memphis, TN
Notable support slots:
Kelly Joe Phelps, Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY
Tracy Grammer, Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA & The Nelson Odeon, Nelson, NY
Elizabeth Cook, Sportsmen's Tavern, Buffalo, NY
Kim & Reggie Harris, Javawocky Coffeehouse, Brocton, MA
Kelley Hunt, Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
Paul Thorn, Sportsmen's Tavern, Buffalo, NY.
The Ginn Sisters, House Concert, Buffalo, NY
Poco, Gateway Park, Tonawanda, NY
Eilen Jewell, Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo, NY
Eric Andersen, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Kennedys, Cellar Stage, Baltimore, MD
Hayes Carll, Abilene Bar & Lounge, Rochester, NY
Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman, Buffalo Friends of Folk, Village Meeting House, Williamsville, NY
Louise Mosrie, The Nelson Odeon, Nelson, NY
Ellis Paul, Cafe Veritas, Rochester, NY
Amy Speace, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
Sloan Wainwright, Borderline Folk Club, New City, NY
Cheryl Wheeler, Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA, The Sounding Board, Hartford, CT, Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
Suzanne Vega, Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY