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Dave Elder - Musician for Peace

A Jolly Rocker Spokesman for Progressive Values

"Dave's music is off-beat, very eclectic, folksy, delivered with a wonderful sense of timing and a great sense of humor."

-Chris Poh, from radio station WDVR

Folk, rock, blues and country mark the 4 main points of Dave's musical compass, but the listener might pick up a hint of gospel, jazz or even classical flavor here and there. Dave Elder is a dynamic and engaging singer-songwriter-performer with a unique point of view.

Dave at the Garlic Festival

(Saturday, 8/26/17) Dave's set at the 2017 Binghamton Garlic Festival was so well received that the presenters asked him to do a short additional set, and he closed out the event later in the afternoon, to enthusiastic applause and shared smiles all around.


Dave's Video in the News

(Wednesday, 4/5/17) Today a story about the If I Was You YouTube video appeared in a newspaper, and you can check out that report here.

(Sunday, 7/2/17) In light of a recent story about DJT, Dave decided that if the U.S. president can do this, then he could too, and so, if you ever wondered what Dave might look like on the cover of Time, this should answer the question. If you'd like to see a bigger version of this, check out today's post on Dave's Facebook page here.


Dave's Now Officially a Rock Star

(Tuesday, 3/12/17) In early January Coast 2 Coast released its #Rockstars Mixtape Volume 14 with If I Was You taking a prominent slot as track 22, later moving up to number 21, to 20, and then today to number 19. You can find that post here. No further proof of rock star status should be required, although more may be on the way.

Dave's SoundCloud Song of the Month

Dream Revelations on SoundCloud

(Saturday, 9/2/17) Today Dave posted his tenth SoundCloud track with Dream Revelations, and you can hear that by clicking on the title, or on the image above. This hard rocker makes a lot of noise, and does so to express a strong desire that the haunting images of this ghastly dream never become a reality.

Dave Elder's Favorite Songs Playlist

(Sunday, 9/24/2017) Song 374: Everybody Woke Up Green by Joe Canzano, who also wrote the song. You can watch a YouTube video of it here. As Dave says . . . 7 weeks after my last personal friend song post, this week's track comes courtesy of my good friend Joe Canzano. The first time I heard Joe perform this tune, in the early 1990s, it became an instant favorite, and on the night when he showed up at the Jack Hardy songwriter gathering on Houston St., I suggested . . . Read more

Dave on Spotify

(Saturday, 4/15/17) After creating his first Spotify playlist in early February called Dave Elder's Favorite Anti-war Songs, in late March Dave started a second Spotify playlist, this one called Me and My Songwriter Friends, and today he got that playlist over the critical 20-song mark. Dave plans to use this playlist to showcase the work of some good friends who are also fellow songwriters, including Jeff Larson, Patti Rothberg, Joe Canzano and Carol Denney. You can check out either of Dave's Spotify playlists by clicking on the name. You can also listen to all, or any part, of Who Said What, and/or Elder Street, on Spotify, and you can find those CDs there just by clicking on the names. Country Drivin' should be appearing on Spotify one of these days as well, and the link will be here as soon as it is.

Dave Elder's Jukebox

Listen to some Dave Elder songs on Dave's Juke Box

You can also hear Dave's music right here courtesy of Dave's jukebox, which includes 7 tracks from Who Said What plus a few cuts from Elder Street and Country Drivin'. Just click on the jukebox and take your pick. You can listen as long as you have the little jukebox window open, even if you leave this website.

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That's Dave on the right, with Jeff Larson (middle) and Craig Rigglesford (left) in Big Sur, many years ago.

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