A year and a half or so ago, my friend, singer Nedi Safa introduced me on-line to a singer-songwriter named Dave Nachmanoff. I learned that Dave was a “home-boy” of mine having also grown up in Northern Virginia. (Dave in Springfield, Me in Sterling). He told me of meeting and playing with Folk pioneer Libba Cotton who wrote the song “Freight Train”. At the age of 10, Dave met the then 82-year old Cotton at the American Folk Life Festival on the mall in Washington DC, and after hearing him perform his own (and only) song, she asked him to perform with her later. It was one of those life-direction moments I guess.
Dave’s a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, bass, accordion and more) but it is his guitar work that really impresses me most. He’s worked as a “side man” (lead guitar) for Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat” fame) on a regular basis at hundreds of venues including a gig at the Royal Albert Hall in London! He’s a fine song writer as well and knows how to craft a meaningful lyric.
AND, “in his spare time” he earned a doctorate in Philosophy (which tells me that “Philosophy Professor” is not necessarily a high paying gig, since Doctor Dave doesn’t teach Philosophy anymore. Ha!)
Until Sunday (Jan 11), I had only seen Dave Nachmanoff perform in videos of his shows. None of those do justice to the experience. Truly entertaining and enjoyable. And Mike Lindauer on bass and harmony vocals was a perfect compliment. Dave’s songs are well crafted and his guitar playing is AWESOME. And his presentation is warm and welcoming. He had us all singing. A testament to Dave’s fan-devotion power, Dave’s friend Phil Wilson drove all the way from Orange County CA just to add the ringing sound of a Rickenbacker 12-string electric that Dave wanted for two songs at the end. Phil did a great job too. Let me add a shout out to Phoenix-area musician, Scott Hallock, who opened the show.
I will definitely go see Dave again the next time he close enough to do so. I recommend him to all of you.