Stunning - another great CD from Montana's premiere performer. Unlike Dave's last 3 CDs "Singing For A Living" is a collection of songs and storytelling that more closely relate to himself and the development of a songwriters "feel" for the, at times, lost art of song writing. From the very beginning with "When The Music Comes" all the way to "Carry On" its a musica treat just to hear how songs are constructed and performed. If I was to make one change to an already perfect set of songs it would be to make "Slipping Away" a duet with Liz Carlisle ( "5 - Star Day) Take the 30 second "tour" on "Where Would I Be" along with "Carry On" and you too will be adding this collection of songs to your playlist.
MANY GLACIER HOTEL - GLACIER NATIONAL PARK KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS - WASHINGTON DC ST. LOUIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY - ST. LOUIS, MO PARAMOUNT THEATER - AURORA, IL GORDON ARTS COUNCIL - CALHOUN, GA NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TODAY PROGRAM NASHVILLE ROTARY ASSOCIATION - NASHVILLE, TN BLUEBIRD CAFE - NASHVILLE, TN ST.CHARLES HISTORY EXPO - IL CLASS ACTS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS - MD FLATHEAD VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL BIG MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL MONTANA LAND RELIANCE GLACIER NATIONAL PARK ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
About a month ago, 6 high school chums and myself spent 4 glorious days right in the heart of Big Sky Country, within Glacier Nat'l Park. We stayed at the many Glacier Hotel where Dave was completing his final 2 performances there for the season. This CD so closely mapped out our trip and experiences there ( hiking, cruising Going-To-The-Sun road, partying at Charlie's Place ) that I purchased it right after the show. I had Dave sign it and dedicate it to our dear friend and trip organizer Phil. Dave...Phil...Thanks for the memories...Hey Bear! Hey Bear! Whooo Yaaaaa!
State of the Arts
The new album by Whitefish troubadour David Walburn is aptly named. Departing from his earlier thematic paeans to nature and the glorious Treasure State, Walburn deftly combines sagas from his cherished minstrel life with thoughtful ballads in this decidedly country-flavored collection of 12 original tunes. Smartly interweaving toe-tappers and belt buckle shiners, the record is a dancer's delight. The banjo infused first cut, "When The Music Comes" leads to the Hank Williams Sr.-like shuffle "Where Would I Be"; then it's on to the wistful Jerry Jeff Walker feel of the title cut, "Singing For A Living." Walburn transports us to celestial heights in the country rocker, "Dancing With My Maker" and tussles with Lucifer in the bluesy, percusion-driven "Ball & Chain." And he leaves us laughing in the bouncing tale about entertaining the unclothed "somewhere down south of Coeur d"Alene" in "(Put A Little) Leaf On The Tree." "She Lay Waiting" might be my favorite; it's a sumptous vocal feast wherein Walburn's resonant baritone sails along on lovely melody and heartbreaking lyrics. Slithery Dobro and wailing harmonica carry the bluesy, sexy jumper "Southern Style," and the last cut, "Carry On," is restorative and upbeat, an attitude adjustment with New Orleans flair and a way cool fadeout. As always, sterling production and impecable musicianship converge, making this a mighty fine collection of tunes. ~
- Montana on my Mind - We recently began a new section to Flathead Living Magazine called "Montana Music" to honor the many talented artists making their homes here and producing incredible music. David Walburn was high on that list. I was quick to unwrap his latest disc and get it into my system. It wasn't long before I felt Montana. David has a way of doing the West, without sounding like ordinary country and western music. Montana has a sound, and David is it! I don't know that I could have ever listened to his work until I had experienced the lifestyle, pace and wonder of the Big Sky that David sings about. If you have ever spent time in Montana, these are the anthems of our great state. If you are reading this review outside Montana and are forgetting the splendor and wonder, take two David Walburns and call me in the morning...Enjoy!
David Walburn's latest CD neatly spells out why any of us live here. Weaving song stories about railroads, prairie sunsets, high-mountain glory and a fading way of life, Walburn crosses space and time to reveal why we love our Montana so.
Missouri Historical Society
David Walburn's West For America performances at the Missouri History Museum during the opening of "Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition", were excellent! He brings alive the journey with a unique, entertaining and educational program. We would welcome him back again. David was a great pleasure to work with and is a truly professional and talented artist.
Triangle Telephone Coop
David Walburn's performance was magnificent! I learned more during his show than in all my years of history classes covering the Lewis & Clark Expedition. David is an extremely talented musician, performer and storyteller. I would highly recommend these shows!
MACRS - President
David Walburn's performance at the 26th annual Montana Association of County Road Supervisors was extraordinary! MONTANA: Life Under The Big Sky spoke to this audience of Montana road crew personnel who throughly enjoyed the historical information put to music and visual imagery. The closing song about building the Going-To-The Sun highway brought the audience to their feet!
This self produced CD is the musical companion for songwriter David Walburn's multi-media show, "Lewis & Clark; West For America." With songs and instrumental interludes, he tells the story of the expedition from start to finish, describing their problems, heartaches and triumphs. Walburn's guitar and harmonica are backed by mandolin, fiddle, banjo and vocals, giving the songs a 18th century old-timey, yet contemporary sound, A well-conceived and executed project that works on both a musical and historical level.
Marietta Daily Journal
David Walburn is packing them in at the Many Glacier Hotel this summer. The former Marietta GA resident's one man shows on Montana's history are popular evening entertainment at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park. Walburn, a Montana resident for over 15 years, performs six nights a week alternating three shows, " Cabin Song; Montana - Life Under The Big Sky; and Lewis & Clark: West For America." It's a folksy photo slide and live music combination with Walburn as a one man band on guitar and harmonica. Walburn wrote and produced all three shows. Go see it!
Dankowski & Associates
We caught all of your performances at Glacier National Park. I just wanted to let you know that I was listening to your CD, Montana - Life Under The Big Sky in the car in a trip the other day and I was immediately taken back to the beautiful Montana countryside, got tears in my eyes over the great memories of our vacation and just wanted you to know what a wonderful job your melodies, lyrics and guitar playing do to rekindle warm memories. We will see you again in Glacier!