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David Vest


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    Gone Too Far
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    Freight Train Rolling
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    We're All Sharecroppers Now
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    Staring Down the Barrel of the Blues
They don't make them as real as David Vest anymore. The son of an Alabama sharecropper, the Victoria, BC resident is still going strong 50 plus years since he first stepped onstage with the likes of Big Joe Turner.
Long revered as one of the great boogie-woogie piano players, he is also a prolific songwriter. He wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette, and his tunes have been covered by artists ranging from Paul deLay to the legendary Downchild Blues Band. Check out "Street Car" and "Stand Your Ground" for a quick sample of the depth and range of his work.
Vest's classic version of "After Hours" shows why he is a three-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for Piano Player of the Year (*2013, 2015, 2016) and a Blues Artist ouf the Year nominee (2016 WMCA). Two of his recent albums have earned record of the year nominations at the Maple Blues Awards, and a third earned a four-star review from Downbeat after spending weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report chart for Canada.
Since being asked to open for Roy Orbison in 1962, Vest has performed onstage with an astonishing range of artists, including Big Joe Turner, Bill Black's Combo, Jerry Woodard, Floyd Dixon, Miss Lavelle White, Carey Bell, Red Foley, Johnny Dyer, James Harman, Tammy Wynette, Don Helms, Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Marcia Ball and the Paul deLay Band, to name a few. He has contributed as a sideman to two Juno-nominated projects, Bill Johnson's Still Blue and David Gogo's Come On Down.


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