Dave Crossland


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Dave Crossland is something of an enigma. Criss-crossing the country with a 1949 Gibson J-45, Crossland delivers contemporary themes and observations with an ageless perspective that “seduces on a pure sound level”. The result has a unique relevance not easily categorized by the mainstream music industry or the indie acoustic scene.

Crossland is a first-class vocalist, and highly respected among his songwriting peers. “From the long line of Guthrie, Dylan and Springsteen - it’s only a matter of time until Crossland takes his place among the great songwriters of the 21st century”, said the late John Stewart, legendary writer and key member of the Kingston Trio. Crossland recorded and toured with Stewart in the early 2000s, and now works with the LA-based John Stewart band as a side project dedicated to keeping his mentor’s music in the American consciousness.

A road monkey at heart, Crossland is most at home traveling between coasts, hitting stages large and small. He has performed in support of and alongside major artists, such as Shawn Colvin, Lindsey Buckingham, Rosanne Cash, America , John Waite, Kenny Loggins, and others.

Crossland has released four CDs on his own, in addition to an Appleseed recording produced in Nashville. His most recent disc, "Pearl", outranked those of Springsteen and Neko Case in the Boston Herald. Crossland's latest move has been to LA, where he has recorded a fresh collection of the songs of John Stewart. Called "Mother Country", it is scheduled for release in 2014.