I suppose I should be clear from the start that I'm referring to the David Wilcox from North Carolina, not the Canadian.
David is primarily a story teller that sometimes uses a guitar and lyrics in the process. I should also note that by far the best way to hear his talent is in a concert setting. The recordings are quite good, but they just don't capture the experience completely. By the way, in his concerts that I've been able to attend, it was simply him, a few guitars, a microphone, and a stool. Quite a bit different from many performers that seem to try to distract you from their music by fancy light shows, stunts, etc.
While I'm not a musician myself, I've been told that he does some rather amazing things with a guitar technically. All I know is that it certainly sounds good.
I should also note that although his music does not contain vulgarity, it does sometimes address adult themes and might be unsuitable for younger folks. Take a listen before giving it to your kids.
- How Did You Find Me Here: This CD was the first of his work that I heard. I don't recall how I discovered it which is fairly ironic given its title. Like most of his recordings, this CD has a range of themes in the music. I'll pull out a few tracks for more comment.
- Eye of the Hurricane: A good example of his work. It tells a story about a woman and her motorcycle, but conveys so much more.
- How Did You Find Me Here: Like many of his stories, this one can be understood at many levels.
- Rusty Old American Dream: David, like so many Americans, loves his cars - or at least songs about them. This song should be played at used car lots.
- Leave It Like It Is: This would have to be one of my top five favorite songs. As usual it tells a simply story but in such a way so that its rich with meaning.
- At Amazon: How Did You Find Me Here
- East Asheville Hardware: This CD feels much more like his live concerts than most. Some of his humor and transitions and such come through.
- Blow 'Em Away: A song that captures the feelings so many of us feel when stuck in traffic.
- Johnny's Camaro: Another song about a car - sort of. But really another story of a journey. This is also a great example of David's style of telling a story and weaving it into a song.
- Roadside Art: In this song he explores a growing genre of modern art.
- Cold: Sometimes David's exploration of a topic, sometimes in song, changes forever the way you see some common things. Don't sneeze again before hearing this track.
- Mango Story/Mango: Many of his stories and songs flow together. In this case the story explains a bit about how he creates some of his songs.
- Levi Blues: Like so many of his stories/songs, this one takes a common idea and explores it in a unique way, reinterpretting it as a metaphor for life.
- Boob Job: Obviously this one has an adult theme. It uses humor to explore this topic beyond the obvious.
- Untitled Track, following Golden Day: A rather different version of "Eye of the Hurricane" from the CD "How Did You Find Me Here".
- At Amazon: East Asheville Hardware
Copyright David M. Cheney, 2006; Page Revised: 30 August 2006