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Born in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1943, David grew up in Birmingham near Tuxedo Junction.
It’s easy to understand why blues history courses through Vest’s veins: he opened for Roy Orbison on New Year’s Day 1962, went on to jam with Ace Cannon, Bill Black’s Combo, and the Jimmy Dorsey Band, as well as share the stage with Big Joe Turner.
Vest’s current self-titled release (details here) was recorded on Vancouver Island. The project reunites Vest with his old friend Peter Dammann, Chicago-born guitarist from the Paul deLay Band and a member of the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame. Blues fans will recognize the name of drummer and co-producer Billy Hicks from his days with Powder Blues, but the inspired playing of Ryan Tandy on upright bass will be a revelation, dubbed by Vest as “my secret weapon.” Winnipeg native Tom Bowler, David’s regular guitarist, rounds out the band.
The album was recorded live-off-the-floor, with live vocals and minimal overdubs or retakes, and helped earn Vest a Songwriter of the Year nomination at the Maple Blues Awards.