Lately he's been listening to Hank, Willie, George and Merle
Lately he's been thinkin' about a friend who used to be his girl
And it ain't so much the loneliness that's tuggin' at his sleeve
It's just this stubborn sadness that he can't get to leave
Old And Worn Out
Dave Reader is a natural story teller. From the opening track on his third release, The Price of Hay, the Alberta born singer-songwriter weaves a compelling narrative of heartache and loss colliding with subtle themes of hope and joy. Citing Bruce Springsteen and Fred Eaglesmith as influences, the Canadian, country-roots artist has big boots to fill but relishes every lyrical endeavor. From somewhere along the dark and dusty back roads of his mind, Dave conjures up characters reminiscent of a John Ford film; characters beleaguered and run down but still clutching the faint hope of a better tomorrow. "I've always loved songs that tell a story. Simple, moving accounts of real people leading ordinary lives; stories we can all relate to."
Dave comes by his down to earth approach honestly. Born into a small town, working class family, he acquired a first hand perspective on the lives lived by everyday folk, both the good and the ugly. Being less than outgoing, Dave would often sit back and observe, making mental notes which would serve him well in years to come. "I was always a bit of an introvert, never really fitting in. When I discovered music, a whole new world opened up for me. In songwriting I found a voice, a way to express what I never could before."
Dave Reader currently resides in a thick patch of trees, not far from the western Alberta ranch/oil town of Rocky Mountain House, with his chainsaw, Buzz, and a three legged dog named Eileen.