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« on: June 05, 2015, 03:15:00 AM »

I've been listening to David Wilcox since around 1990 or '91 - first album of his I had (on cassette!) was How Did You Find Me Here.

Great writer and player - mostly in his own tunings. I've seen him in concert three times that I can remember; he's better live than in the studio because all his songs are stories, or tied to stories that engage the audience and remind them that they are part of the story, too.

Anyway, he played Larrivee for a short time, after he played a Guild and before he graduated to Olsons... now on tour he mostly plays a converted Rainsong and keeps the expensive Olson at home for studio work.

I actually found an older clip of him playing the Larrivee (this is at least 20 years old, I'm sure):

"Language of the Heart" on his Larrivee C-10
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2015, 03:24:59 AM »

Here's another great tune from that same early album...about a young man's first car - a very old car that doesn't want to be parked just quite yet.

Hearing him sing it some 25 years later - as a much older man - seems to me to make the song much more "auto"biographical (no pun intended).  whistling

Rusty Old American Dream

 
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2015, 11:07:42 AM »

I always have to ask, "Which David Wilcox?" Oh ... you mean the American acoustic one! He's great. The electric Canadian guy is really good, as well.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsQRNbNCQdw
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2015, 12:07:23 PM »

The electric Canadian guy is really good, as well.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsQRNbNCQdw
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2015, 12:33:50 PM »

aw heck the only DW I know is the crazy Toronto fella, from the Teddy Bears- back in the day-and oh the stories i could tell.

A true rock'n' roll ikon and most every and any Canadian musician has "Riverboat Fantasy" (I still sing it)
-living on a huge river, or "Downtown Came uptown".

I've learned a lot from that man and his antics.
I also have some great old B&W pics of him in my box box of photo files from back then.


 ooooops sorry to hijack, wrong David,
 or should I say ?
 "Dave's not here man"  
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2015, 01:58:40 PM »

Ah, yes, thank you for the reminder from you guys up north!

Isn't there also an artist/painter named David Wilcox...?

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2015, 02:59:29 PM »

I have just about every cd that David Wilcox has ever recorded, but enjoy the earlier ones much more. His early songs were brilliant observations on so many things. Lately though---the past ten years or so---he's lost me. I don't know whether it's me or him who has changed. Maybe both, I don't know. Great guitar player though and a wonderful entertainer.
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2015, 12:30:45 AM »

I loved just about everything on his first two albums, but not much since. He seemed to leave behind meolody, form and good poestry for rambling words and notes.
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2015, 01:54:59 AM »

I met David the first time in about '88 and he stood and played for me leaning up against record bins at Schoolkids records in Ann Arbor.   We talked for quite a while then and again after the show at The Ark that night.    I also hooked him up with T.J. Thompson the next day (T.J. was then in Elderly's repair department)   I'd turned him on to David's music and we was a big fan.

Over the years I've sung on stage with him a few times, loaned him my PA for house concerts and even went down to Mcdibb's to see him play (basically where he got started)

I really liked the first few recordings, even up until about "Underneath" there were a few good tunes on each one.    The live shows are still pretty darn good, but the last 3-4 CD's didn't really catch my ear.

This picture is from that first night - doesn't seem like it could be 27 years ago already!

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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2015, 03:09:36 AM »

Thanks for sharing that photo...

...it shows that he also played a Martin at some point (unless he was borrowing it - Todd, do you know?). I assumed he'd gone from Guild to Larrivee to Olson, and now to a RainSong for touring (he has a signature one), leaving the costly Olson at home.
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2015, 03:12:13 AM »

Pretty sure it was his - I think I saw him twice with it.

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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2016, 03:31:52 PM »

Wonder what ever happened to that old C-10 from his early albums?

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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2016, 04:22:38 PM »

I imagine it's long gone - David has had a habit of giving away instruments.  I know he gave L.J. Booth a Taylor acoustic bass, left his Olsons to Al Petteway when he started touring with the Rainsongs (just on loan I believe - later he sold one of them through Dream Guitars)    I bet that C-10 is somewhere with an old friend.

It's funny - in the Language of the Heart video he is wearing the Schoolkid's Records T-shirt they gave him that day we first met......(also wearing it in the pic I posted) It was a pretty nomadic/simple lifestyle for him back then - he was driving a Ford Escort rental, had a fannypack on his waist with his personal effects and a big wad of money rolled up from gigs bigrin

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