From: TN, United States
California Country Music via Nashville,TN.
"Dave Gleason is one of my favorite guitarists. His playing is wise and lyrical but he's also a serious gunslinger. If Dave Gleason walks into the room, I set my guitar down." – DAVE ALVIN
"Dave Gleason is carrying on the Telecaster, Twang , California Country Music tradition as good as anybody and I am glad that he is " – PETE ANDERSON
"Dave Gleason does country just like I like it: plenty of twang, plenty of Tele, songs that get moving and keep moving. He's a smart guitarist, too, with deep chops and enough sense and sense of humor to know how to use 'em." – BILL KIRCHEN
Timelessness can't be manufactured. Music either cuts across the years, feeling right at home in yesteryear AND the unfolding now, or it doesn't. From the get-go Dave Gleason has crafted songs and executed them in a way that hums timelessly, country rock that'd fit in fine on a scratchy old turntable at Merle Travis’ house, blasting from an 8-track player in Waylon Jennings' pickup truck or serenading crowds during intermission at a Tom Petty show today. Gleason strikes down to country's hard beating heart and draws out the stuff that's made folks turn to this music for comfort and delight since it wandered out of the Appalachias in the 1930s.
Gleason's new long-player, Turn and Fade, coalesces his many charms into his strongest, toughest song cycle to date. Turning the guitar roar up a notch or two, Gleason muses on the things that keep us up at night and the things that keep us moving over the next horizon. This is music for living on the ground, a soundtrack to carry us from paycheck to paycheck and coax a smile from the most down-turned days.
"Dave's music and his style are steeped in country music tradition and respect for those who paved the road. Dave Gleason is proof that California Country Music is still alive and well!" – BRIAN HOFELDT/THE DERAILERS.
Gleason first began honing his craft in the fertile crucible of the San Francisco Bay Area, exploring what a modernized California country sound might be. A few years back he rolled south into Los Angeles and Ventura, where he's continued to explore the lingering possibilities of Nashville, Bakersfield and Topanga Canyon. It's a move that's toughened up his sound and fully unleashed his inner shredder, two things in full flower on Turn and Fade, which moves Gleason into the company of enduring stalwarts like Chuck Prophet, Peter Case and Kevn Kinney, as well as solidifying his place as one of the torchbearers for Merle Haggard, the Louvin Brothers, The Byrds and other country pillars.
Not everyone can sell a line like, "If you're going through hell, then stop by and see me," yet Gleason makes it seem effortless on Turn and Fade, where the Neon and the Wine washes over us in a vaguely baptismal way. The hurt of living and the healing of it lies in these grooves, the ache of lonely nights and the grip of the Blue Side of the World, but also something that makes your boots shuffle and inspires you to buy another round for everyone." Dave Gleason was a fixture on the West Coast Honky Tonk/Americana circuit since the early 1990's through 2010-until a recent move placed him in Nashville,TN. With four albums of his own to his credit (and countless lead guitar sessions for other artists), Gleason has shared the stage with Jim Lauderdale/Charlie Louvin/Dave Alvin/Albert Lee/Bill Kirchen and Mike Stinson to name just a few. Dan Forte/vintage Guitar Magazine says of Dave Gleason's latest album "Turn And Fade"...'Throughout, Gleasons offers enough new wrinkles to stake his claim as more than merely another “new traditionalist.”