Today I was talking with someone about how many songs I've written over the years, and how many I've forgotten. Here's one of the songs I completely forgot about, this I think recorded at Collapseable Studios in West Asheville, NC. It's a song about a long-gone Asheville landmark and a murder I imagined.
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Dave Turner caught the music bug at age six from the Beatles' Hey Jude on a jukebox in Rochester, Minnesota. He began playing the piano at age seven and writing songs in grade school, drawing a great deal of inspiration from Elton John. His childhood piano teacher, Claire Berry, allowed him to forego Beethoven and Chopin at his recitals in favor of pieces such as Pete Townshend's Overture from Tommy. Through high school and college and in his 20s Dave performed with and composed music for several original music bands ranging from progressive (with the bands Mudai, Octavian and M5) to alternative rock (with The Search).
As a singer-songwriter, Dave performed in the 1990s at the Great Southeastern Freight Room in Decatur, Georgia. He worked as a pianist for his friend and fellow songwriter Ceph Sitton, and he played behind Ceph with fiddle player Tim Cape at the Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville. Based since 1998 in Asheville, North Carolina, he has performed and recorded as a solo artist and with the Dave Turner Band.
Dave's recordings include an EP entitled Five Songs (2000), the solo album Stories That Are True (2004), Could Have Talked All Night (2007), a two-disc limited edition compilation album entitled CALICARO (2011), and 11-23-10 (2012).
Dave also sang the track Dick And Dolores on the 2010 album Joe's Cafe by Rupert Wates, and he has performed piano and vocals on the Joe's Cafe traveling road show in venues including the Metropolitan Room in New York City and Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues in Asheville.
Recorded at Collapseable Studios in West Asheville, the songs on Could Have Talked All Night were inspired by empty pockets and starry skies, Kentucky bourbon, late-night diners, old lovers, Blue Ridge mountains, California dreams, desperation, roadside shrines, hangovers, unsent letters, beer joints, bar buddies, staying put and getting away.
The album was recorded live with Dave on piano and vocal, Michael Libramento (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) on bass, and Joe Buzzelli on drums. After the live session, Stephanie Morgan (of stephaniesid) and Dave added backing vocals. Dave self-produced the album with creative consultation from his friend and teacher Chuck Lichtenberger.
In fall 2007, Dave was one of eight finalists selected from across the United States in the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op 10th Annual Song Contest with two songs from the Could Have Talked All Night album, Never Meant To Stay and Amber River.
In addition to being a performing singer-songwriter, Dave is a freelance writer, editor, website designer and amateur photographer. He grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and lives all over—wherever his music tours and other adventures take him. When he’s in Asheville, you’ll find him working often at his favorite virtual office, Izzy’s Coffee Den on North Lexington Avenue (www.izzyscoffeeden.com).
In June 2012, he published an Audio Book + eBook entitled Billy Ray's Chevrolet And Other Writings And Photographs From A Southern Appalachian Valley. It is a collection of writings and photographs by Dave Turner inspired by growing up and living in a Southern Appalachian Valley accessible by Riceville Road and Bull Creek Road east of Asheville, North Carolina. Some of the pieces are true stories, another is fiction, some are short contemplative reflections. Buy the Audio Book and get a free copy of the eBook in a high-quality, full-color PDF. A print version will be published soon.
“Coming from the tradition of bar-bound piano players with a tip jar full of stories to tell, Dave Turner knows how to relate a memorable story over a simple yet well-crafted melody.” (Mountain Xpress)
“Candid and visceral portraits of real life against a hearty backdrop of piano driven songs. Utilizing the tapestry of American life is either done adroitly or ham-handed, but Turner is frank in his delivery without resorting to catchiness or cliche. Turner glows.” (Southeast Performer)
“With the narrative depth of short stories the songs never overstay their welcome.” (Steve Shanafelt, music journalist)
“A soulful slice of American life that I could listen to all night.” (Music Movies and Media, Ireland)
“Inspired by artists such as Elton John and Carole King, Turner also reveals the rougher edges of Tom Waits and James McMurtry in his lyrics.” (Asheville Citizen-Times)
“Turner stands out as a solo pianist.” (Black Mountain News)
“Tracks that pull you in with their presence.” (Jeff Knorr, Producer)
“His vocal timbre is akin to Van Morrison in later years with the additional salt of Leon Russell. What Turner brings only comes with time and experience.” (Brian Tucker, music journalist)
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In performing the album Could Have Talked All Night, Dave Turner is proud to have been joined in the studio by:
Michael Libramento (who currently performs with Grace Potter) on bass: "I play the rock and roll instruments. Sometimes I use them for jazz or soul music. Although to me it's pretty much the same thing."
Joe Buzzelli on drums: "The kind of guy that breaks convention by following convention. It’s OK if that doesn’t make sense at first because one listen to any of his songs and it will all come together."
Stephanie Morgan on vocal: Stephanie fronts the band Stephanie's Id. "We care about things in the world. We often brood about them. But not for terribly long or for too many songs, as there is no long-term gain in taking the human condition too seriously."