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Long Story Short

by David Simpkins

They call it Americana -- a blend of rock, folk, blues, country . you name it. Whatever you call it, it's all original -- and it's the best I can do.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Something New
3:55 $0.99
2. Take Me Down
3:49 $0.99
3. Half A Dozen Lies
2:43 $0.99
4. Commandment Eleven
3:21 $0.99
5. Window
4:43 $0.99
6. After Glory
4:23 $0.99
7. Positively Polk Street
3:03 $0.99
8. From Baltimore
3:26 $0.99
9. Promise Me
4:51 $0.99
10. All Because Of You
5:05 $0.99
11. The Consumer
3:31 $0.99
12. Lighthouse
5:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Performing songwriter David Simpkins has been actively entertaining audiences for over 35 years. He spent the first 22 years of his musical career playing in cover bands in southwestern Virginia.

In 1990, he co-founded an original alternative rock band, the Visible Shivers, based in Blacksburg, VA, that released three full-length recordings and several EPs over a 10-year run.

When the band called it quits, David set out on his own, bolstered by years of experience and a much clearer idea of who and what he was as a songwriter. He has since placed as a finalist in the 2000 Appalachian Fair Best Unknown Country Songwriters competition in Gray, TN and was the winner of the Floyd World Music Festival Showcase Stage Best Song competition in 2002.

He is the 2009 president of the Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association of Roanoke VA.

His recordings have been played locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on a number of commercial, public, and internet radio stations.

He plays regular solo acoustic gigs, and has performed at numerous song-writers-in-the-round events, festivals, benefits, celebrations, songwriters' nights, and open mics.

David's free twice-monthly e-mail newsletter, the Meadow Creek Gazette (which is in its 9th year of publication), is a popular, entertaining, and informative look at his gigs, his philosophies, his pet peeves, and the world of music (and anything else that strikes his fancy) in general. E-mail amosflame@aol.com and write "subscribe" in the subject line.

Long Story Short is David's first solo recording. Working closely with producer, engineer, mixer, guitarist, and Real2Reel Studios owner Rick Krajnyak, the project pulled together a stellar collection of southwest Virginia's finest musicians, including Scott Fore, 2002 National Flatpicking Guitar Champion, and Alan Weinstein, cellist of the internationally-acclaimed chamber group, the Kandinsky Trio.



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Accomplished solo debut
"Accomplished solo debut from Virginian Simpkins. His years performing have honed his skills to a point where the writing, arrangements, and performances are of a high enough standard." ~ Pete Gow, AmericanaUK.com


The consistency of a true musical warrior
This disc blends much of what David Simpkins has learned over the years with hints of Neil Young's more recent work. Both artists' work echoes the voices of autumn -- mellow and recognizant of the fact that life is brittle. Both artists have embraced these changes but still refuse to give into winter. ... And given these varied influences and thoughts, David manages the consistency that only a true musical warrior can conjure. -- Todd Smith


Long Story Short is great -- Simpkins should be proud
David Simpkins' songwriting ability is definitely the star of the show. The rambling Something New, the pretty From Baltimore, and the mysterious Lighthouse are some of the best songs on this album. Simpkins has a real talent for capturing moments in song. Long Story Short is a great album -- Simpkins should be proud. ~ Greg Yost, Music Monthly


Invites you to REALLY listen!
A real consumer friendly 12 pack, if I've ever heard one lately. Intelligent, with a pleasant flavor!

Performing Songwriter Greg Trafidlo

Guts, sensitivity, and feeling
These 12 arrangements present David Simpkins' voice, the power of his words, and the strength of each song with guts, sensitivity, and feeling. Each intelligently crafted song is delivered over David’s heartfelt and understated vocals. He convinces me that these song-stories are TRUE and worth the listening.

Mike Clark -- The Loafer (Johnson City TN)

Personal, challenging, and expansive. And don't forget intense.
This is as good an Americana CD as I've heard in a long, long time. Simpkins' music comes from the heart in a style that reaches back to Neil Young, Gene Clark (ex-Byrds),
Bruce Springsteen, and others. The music is personal, challenging, and expansive. And don't forget intense. David isn't a simplistic, three-chords-and-the-truth-type; he doesn't think in those terms. Yet, in tunes like 'From Baltimore' (my personal favorite) and 'Something New,' he can be direct, simple, and stunningly effective.


A modern twang that buzzes with confidence
"Just as perceptive, straightforward and lilting as his vocals, Simpkins' sound is rural and deeply rooted in older sounds but with a modern twang that buzzes with confidence in its own originality." -- Genevieve Will, indie-music.com


"He just tells it like it is ..."
"David Simpkins is a singer/songwriter with a legitimate folk pedigree. ... Simpkins has a straightforward writing and singing style and it's very effective. He doesn't get maudlin or precious; he just tells it like it is while he and the band play their hearts out. Fans of well written and played folk/rock will really enjoy Simpkins' 'Long Story Short.'" ~ Stacey Board

Eddie Sutphin

These are good, well written songs with strong performances all the way around.
Vocals are strong and inspirational. Lyrics are poignant and interesting. My favorites are "Something New", "From Baltimore" and "Lighthouse". Great job!

New River Voice

Under-rated talent
If you like some of the original roots rockers, guys such as Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, and Neil Young, then you'll enjoy Simpkins. But perhaps the musician most similar to Simpkins is Bill Mallonee of Vigilantes of Love. And like Mallonee, Simpkins is an under-rated talent.
Simpkins wrote all the songs on this CD ... The sound of the album is definitely driven by Simpkins' acoustic guitar and vocals, but with familiar instruments such as pedal steel, banjo, and harmonica occasionally lending their sounds to the disc, some songs take on a more country bent. Consistent throughout the disc is Simpkins' thoughtful, poignant lyrics.
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