Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dave Nachmanoff saw Al Stewart live for the first time at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1985 and in 2006 came back and performed with him. At the age of ten he played with Libba Cotton (Freight Train). Hes led songwriting workshops for many groups, from German school children to the Silcocks, a family with 44 adopted boys. In addition, hes a heckofa songwriter in styles ranging from folk to pop whos sold over 15,000 recordings. Daves the father of two and writes custom songs for weddings and other special occasions. As a side player (guitar, piano, bass, accordion and more) hes worked with Stewart on a regular basis as well as many others at hundreds of venues as far ranging as The Bottom Line, Glastonbury Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Festival. Oh, and hes got a doctorate in Philosophy. That he earned in his spare time.
Dave grew up in the 60s and 70s surrounded by the active folk scene of northern Virginia and Washington DC and inspired by Pete Seeger, country rock, early revival folk like the Kingston Trio and later on, 80s new wave. Toss in a bit of Celtic folk-rock a la Fairport Convention and its clear how he got his rich melodic sound.
He produced and played on Al Stewarts newest, Uncorked. Its an exciting live recording of Stewarts songs, their guitars and voices so full and in sync youll swear its a whole band. In News from Spain Al Jokes that Dave had to duplicate Rick Wakemans piano solo and indeed he does, with a Spanish flair that ends in a flurry of notes. In Carol, he offers a rhythmic compliment to Als strumming, including a breath taking set of arpeggios that brings the crowd to their feet. A bonus on every song is the fine guitar playing of Nachmanoff, who blends with Stewarts guitar very well and adds considerable musical interest to the proceedings Mike OCull, RivetingRiffs.com.
His latest CD, Step Up, released in 2011 – his first solo release in five years – was produced by Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Steve Morse), and features musicians Bob Malone (currently playing keyboards for John Fogerty), Ian Sheridan (former bassist for Jason Mraz) and Victor Bisetti (former drummer for Los Lobos), and vocalists Al Stewart, Rosemary Butler, John Wicks, and Liz Bligan. Hes got nine albums in all, including his first, Candy Shower, released in 1997. Get his CDs at http://www.davenach.com or from many outlets including CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and many more.
With a personable style thats adaptable to a variety of stages, he looks larger than life although hes a vertically challenged five foot two (and no, he doesnt have blue eyes). Hes that neighbor who always has a friendly wave but doesnt keep you from dinner. Youll probably forget about that meal anyway when he starts to tell his stories and sing his well-crafted tunes in a voice like an older Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) but a guitar style thats more Mark Knopfler or Richard Thompson. And just as versatile too.
Hes shared the stage with Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Forbert, The Pogues, America, Alison Krauss and many others.
If youre looking for a unique gift or a way to celebrate your wedding or other important event, ask Dave about writing you a custom song. Itll be much more appreciated than another blender and itll be remembered for years.
Just Plain Folks honored him with the 2001 Songwriter of the Year award. For five consecutive years he was the Susan Lucci of the South Florida Folk Festival, earning a place as a finalist before winning Best Overall in 2002. SingOut! has praised his heartfelt, inspired songwriting with a delivery both biting and assured. Hes busy but hes always got time for a fun gig and a good story. If youre an artist who needs a side player, hes your guy. Heck, he could be your entire band. Whether youre a concert junkie, participating in one of his songwriting classes or listening to your custom song, youll walk away from your Dave Nachmanoff experience wondering why he hasnt yet learned to play anything with his feet. Why not? Hes done everything else.