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Forgotten songs  

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.

Campaigning for Bernie Sanders 

Here's the web version of another email I decided to send out today:

Hello, Everyone – 

Lately I've been thinking about how I can make a difference. It occurs to me that Facebook is such an information-overload place of fleeting posts, and I have (at least until I send this email) a pretty big number of people on my email list. I hope I don't lose you. Many of you, no doubt, know who Bernie Sanders is. Perhaps many of you don't. In either case, please read this commentary by me (particularly those among you…Read more

Latest E-News 

Here is the web version of my latest email to those subscribed to my email list:

Hello, Everyone – It's been a while. I hope you're doing well! A couple of quick news items:

CD Review
I just published a review I wrote on a great new album by my friends Rupert Wates and Bartosz Hadala, The Nighwatchers. I thought you'd enjoy learning about this disc and previewing it:
Read the review 

July 29 Performance
Also, I have my first performance in quite a while coming up on July 29:

Songwriter Round Dave Desmelik, ChrisRead more

CD Review: The Nightwatchers featuring Rupert Wates and Bartosz Hadala 

By Dave Turner

The latest release from singer-songwriter and guitarist Rupert Wates will sound familiar to his fans, as it is a retrospective of sorts. Yet while it looks back at a selection of his previously released songs, they all receive new treatment by The Nightwatchers duo ( featuring Wates and virtuoso pianist Bartosz Hadala. This self-titled album looks forward as well, particularly as it brings together musical elements that rarely come in one recording.
“If I had to point…Read more

Spotify could be Sold for $14 Billion 

Just last week, news broke on the potential purchase of revolutionary music streaming service, Spotify. The company which brought free music streaming to the masses in 2006 via Swedish duo Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon is said to be in the advanced stages of selling the company that will exceed $14 billion as reported by Digital Music News. Since its inception, the streaming service has over 10 million paying subscribers to a service that was first launched as a free platform for all. As the business has…Read more

Free download, you-set pricing, and more 

Hello, Everyone – 

Thanks so much to those who have utilized my "virtual tip jar" in conjunction with my free bonus tracks. For those who didn't download the tracks, get them here.

Additionally, I've set my album downloads to set-your-own pricing ($5 minimum) for my three albums 11.23.10, Could Have Talked All Night, and Stories That Are True – as well as the audio book/ebook Billy Ray's Chevrolet. And the ebook-only version of Billy Ray's Chevrolet is available now for just $3.

Of course, there's still the "…Read more

Pianist singer-songwriter Dave Turner tonight (8/12) at The Crow and Quill 

Hello again, Everyone – 

Just wanted to remind you that I'm playing most Tuesday evenings, including this evening (August 12) at The Crow and Quill in downtown Asheville. (In fact, the picture at right by Sarah Duvall and enhanced by Rebecca Lang was shot there recently.)

So if you're in the Asheville area, hope to see you there. No cover. 

The Crow and Quill 
August 12, 2014
106 N. Lexington Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
5pm-ish until 9pm 

Many thanks,

– Dave

​Virtual Tip Jar

The Crow and Quill: New weekly series of shows announced 

Hello again, Everyone – 

Just wanted to let you know that I have a new weekly series of shows coming up: Tuesdays, beginning August 5th, at a great new place in downtown Asheville – The Crow and Quill. (In fact, the picture at right by Sarah Duvall and enhanced by Rebecca Lang was shot there recently.)

So if you're in the Asheville area, hope to see you there. No cover. 

The Crow and Quill 
Tuesdays, beginning August 5, 2014
106 N. Lexington Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
5pm-ish until 9pm 

Many thanks,

– Dave
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A virtual tip jar 

It's been a tough couple of years of transition, but I'm bound and determined to keep the music alive. I'm planning to be touring in the northeast this fall and winter. I am working on purchasing a suitable touring vehicle, publishing books, releasing new music and more. The donation button below serves as a virtual tip jar, and such tips will help me achieve these goals. If you like what you hear on my site, and download my free bonus tracks, please consider making a donation, or as I prefer to put it…Read more

Photography/book/music exhibition at Izzy's postponed 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I regret to announce that my photography/book/music exhibition at Izzy's in downtown Asheville has been postponed. I will reschedule it and announce the new dates soon. It was scheduled with an opening reception at 6pm July 31, 2014. It was to feature my original photography plus a piano performance of the song Billy Ray's Chevrolet (inspired by photos in the show) and a reading from my book Billy Ray's Chevrolet and Other Writings and Photographs from a Southern Appalachian…Read more



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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 (

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:
Dave Turner piano trio bassist Michael Libramento

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."
Dave Turner piano trio drummer Joe Buzzelli

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."
Dave Turner piano trio vocalist Stephanie Morgan

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."

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