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Dave Edwards

Dave Edwards began playing the piano professionally at local Shakey’s Pizza Parlors in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 15. As a high school senior, he wrote and directed a Broadway-style musical called “For the Love of Pete.” Dave went on to study classical and jazz piano at the University of North Texas. He worked at recording studios in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a composer and pianist. He wrote and performed on many commercials and soundtracks.

His first rock band, "The Nevada Brothers," was made up of musicians he had previously worked with in the studio. That band was followed by a succession of bands that toured the lounges and dance clubs of Texas and the Southwest. During that time, he played piano for a number of female vocalists, including Jennifer Flowers (who later became famous for reasons other than music). Other bands included rock groups "Tejas" in Park City, Utah, and "Rebirth" in Durango, Colorado, with some of the same musicians from The Nevada Brothers and other studio players.

After a brief playing hiatus, during which he worked as a salesman at one of the largest music stores in Texas at the time, Arnold & Morgan Music Company, he helped form a short-lived country-rock band called "Oasis," followed a year later by the band, "Stallion."

Dave’s association with Stallion would last for 12 years. During that time the band became one of the most popular “New Country” bands in the north Texas region. In the mid-1980s, Stallion had stints working as the backup band for recording artists Charlie Ross and B. W. Stevenson. The band recorded several tracks in the studio with Stevenson before his untimely death.

Stallion was the opening act for scores of major recording artists from Chuck Berry to Garth Brooks. They played major Country & Western clubs from Billy Bob’s Texas to Ranchman’s in Calgary, Canada.

Stallion recorded at many different studios, the most memorable of which were in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Willie Nelson’s Pedernales studio near Austin. In April of 1990, Stallion was signed to a development deal with Capitol Records, working with producer James Stroud.

A grueling performance schedule led to the development of problems with the joints and tendons of his hands, and soon afterward he left Stallion, thinking his piano playing days could be over.

When he met classical pianist Leon Fleischer following a performance with the Dallas Symphony – it was Fleischer’s first concert after a long battle with his own hand problems – Dave was inspired to attempt a return to playing. With a regimen of special exercises, massage and technique adjustments, Dave was eventually able to return to playing the piano without resorting to surgery.

Dave returned to live performance in 2004 as a solo pianist. He performs an eclectic mix of music including classical favorites, jazz and pop standards, and his own compositions.

Dave's influences include pianists Billy Joel, David Benoit, Elton John, Bob James, Dave Brubeck, George Gershwin, Floyd Cramer, Ray Charles, Carole King, Duke Ellington, Vince Guaraldi, Victor Borge, Liberace, Jim Brickman, Rick Wakeman, and Bruce Hornsby. His music is also heavily influenced by singer-songwriters Dan Fogelberg, Jackson Browne, Sting, Donald Fagen, and Randy Newman.

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