Longtime San Pedro resident, Guitarist Dave Widow, performs in concert as a special guest of Sean Lane and The Hellhounds at the Warner Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro. Saturday, May 19. Tickets $12. advance, $15. door. Info: (310) 833-4813 or www.grandvision.org.
Widow originally hails from Cincinnati Ohio, where he was a young protege' of guitar greats Lonnie Mack and Roger "Jellyroll" Troll among others. Now a mainstay in the SoCal blues community for over two decades (having regularly performed in venues such as B.B. Kings, House Of Blues, The Mint, and Cafe' Boogaloo), Widow is presently finishing up his new CD entitled "Waiting For The World To End." The record features some of Dave's new compositions as well as collaborations with noted musicians Bill Champlin (Chicago), Mike Finnigan (Bonnie Raitt, Crosby Stills & Nash), Larry Goshorn (Pure Prairie League), David Morgan (Ricky Nelson Band and The Nelsons), as well as bandmates Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt) and Reggie McBride (Stevie Wonder, Etta James). "Waiting For The World To End" will be available for sale this June and available on Amazon.com, I-Tunes, and CD Baby.
Dave is clearly excited about the new record. "One of my new songs is called, "What Did I Do, To Piss You Off, This Time"...that needs little explanation, I think....there's also "Picture Of You," a melancholy song about remembering a lost love, via an old photo I found, on a rainy afternoon, and it's an Americana/dreamy-sort of tune..."Leave A Piece Of Me" was written about an old girlfriend who broke my heart."
Widow was recently honored with a "Musical Group Of the Year" nomination presented by the Executive Producer of the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards during a live show at the House of Blues/Hollywood, where he returns to perform on Saturday, May 26 in the Crossroads Room.
"If you are looking for a good time and great music, search no further than Widow and his band," writes MC reviewer Allegra Azzopardi. "Their masterful musicianship and deep understanding of the blues is a major draw, but the humble nature of each outrageously skilled player is what gives this group's music its genuine soul," he concludes.
Also check out recent interviews with Widow in All Access Magazine and Mixalis Greek Blues Magazine.
Watch a live performance by Dave Widow and the Line Up on the song "Don't You Lie To Me" here:
As for the future? "I would like to be more well known, obviously, performing at concerts, and associated with a known record label, making CD's, or whatever medium is current at that time, still writing songs, collaborating on tunes with other writers and artists, and producing some other artists as well. I like to work on other artist's music, and help bring other artists ideas to fruition."