"Following the tradition of California country legends like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam, David Serby throws his cowboy hat in the ring of fire and comes out a winner" -- Billy Block Western Beat Radio
BeansTalk doesn't have a lot of famous friends. We're mighty proud of our good friend, muscian David Serby who is getting the attention he deserves. Here's the latest news, a bio on him for those of you about to discover him, and where you can find more information on the internet.
Chris Morris, the legendary music scribe for such publications as the Los Angeles Reader, Musician, Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, Los Angeles CityBeat, Billboard, and the Hollywood Reporter recently chose I Just Don't Go Home as one of the 10 best records of 2006.
Morris had this to say about the record:
"David Serby, I Just Don't Go Home (Western Beat). This unassuming Illinois-born neo-honky-tonk musician is currently writing songs as full of brilliantly observed detail as those penned by his obvious model, Dave Alvin. I shit you not. And at every live show, he seems to pull yet another magnificent new song out of his bag. Nice guy, too. So buy his album, check out his local gigs, and keep your eyes open -- Serby's gonna be around for a while."
Morris picked I Just Don’t Go Home on his list beside records by Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo, Neil Young, and Tom Waits.
David Serby writes traditional country songs that tell simple (mostly) true stories. Serby split his childhood years between a rural corn farm town in Illinois and a small orange grove town in Southern California, and his songs reflect the struggles and the challenges of the working man.
Music lovers from all walks of life are sure to connect with the characters, images and emotions evoked by his lyrics. He’s influenced most by artists and writers like Hank Williams, Harlan Howard, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and Dave Alvin.
Serby and his band, The Sidewinders, play shows all over Southern California. The Sidewinders are made up of some of the hottest and most well-respected musicians on the West Coast. Ed Tree (The Spencer Davis Group, Rita Coolidge, Juice Newton) plays guitar, Taras Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam) plays bass, and Gary Ferguson (John Hiatt) currently plays drums. In the last year, the drummer's chair has also been filled by Dale Daniel (The Hacienda Brothers), and Nashville impresario Billy Block (Western Beat, The Frank Black band).
With the help of The Sidewinders, and his good friend and producer Ed Tree, Serby just finished recording his second record, entitled “Another Sleepless Night”. They recorded the disc at Treehouse Studios in San Gabriel, California. Also along for the ride are JayDee Maness and Chris Lawrence (pedal steel guitar), Skip Edwards (piano, B3, Wurlitzer), Rick Solem (piano), and Amy Farris (fiddle).