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by Gypsy Dave

"Gypsy Dave's songs define real American roots music, combining folk, bluegrass, and country without any studio slickness"
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Union Man
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2. Goin' Down the Road
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3. Mama Didn't Tell me
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4. Liberty
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5. Ballad of my name
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6. A Tragic Start
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7. My Dog Fred
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8. You got a Friend
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9. Hey Mama
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Album Notes
Young singer/songwriter aims for the folk genius of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

-By Michael Sutton (

Twentysomething folk artist Gypsy Dave doesn't sound like his age, something that will most likely be brought up by other critics. It's not a criticism, merely an observation. In fact, in some ways it's a compliment because it's encouraging to hear a man in his college years who isn't attempting to be emo or the next John Mayer. No, this is a different kind of "acoustic pop," not the smoothed-over commercial grooves of Mayer and his followers.

Gypsy Dave is a man out of his time, writing and recording songs that could've been played on backwoods AM radio stations in the '50s and '60s. The obvious influence is folk icon Woody Guthrie, whose overpowering shadow towers over nearly every track here. Like Guthrie, Gypsy Dave empathizes with the common man, namely the blue-collar workers that really pieced this country together. "Union Man," written by coal miner Albert Morgan around 1946, sets the tone; even if the words weren't by Gypsy Dave himself, it fits snugly into the context of the record, which peers nostalgically back into small-town life.

Gypsy Dave's songs define real American roots music, combining folk, bluegrass, and country without any studio slickness. Gypsy Dave and his fellow musicians use traditional instruments - for example, banjo, kazoo, and fiddle - to capture earlier time periods. Thankfully, none of it feels forced or fake; Gypsy Dave's love for this material cannot be doubted.

The best song here is the title track, wherein Gypsy Dave looks out at an uncertain future. While on some level it can be interpreted as 21st century angst, his fears are timeless. Even 50 or so years ago many young men didn't know what to do with their lives; if they all did, there'd be nothing to sing about.



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Julie Burton

This music just makes you feel like dancing!
This music just makes you feel like dancing! It was difficult to stay in my seat.Dave is a cross between Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.Vocally he sounds like John Denver! Julie Burton West Des Moines,IA


I liked is something that most people can relate to...even if they aren't into the genre. Very nice.

Dustin Miller

If you're looking for something honest and real, this is it.
Natural and unforced, with good lyrics and melodies. I especially like the way the recording sounds. The songs seem real to me.

Rebecca Snow

Honest and Raw
Music that'll make you laugh, dance and cry all at the same time. The genuineness of Dave's voice and lyrics will get you listening again and again. I'm addicted!


Dave is amazing and the percussion is so tight. Who is that drummer?
This CD makes me want to get a washboard and start playing some bluegrass. The percussion on it is amazing and it would be even better if it had some washboard. Dave's music is scintillating. I hope to hear more percussion on the next album from the same studio drummer.