Silver Spring, MD -- Local singer/songwriter Dave Sharp will perform at JV’s Restaurant, in Falls Church, Virginia, on Sunday, December 9th, with his acoustic group, the Dave Sharp Trio. Appearing with the trio will be special guest, Rickie Simpkins, renowned fiddle and mandolin player. Simpkins tours and records with Emmylou Harris and other national artists, including Tony Rice. Last spring, Sharp released a new CD, Rural Roots, on Odessa Records. Simpkins performed on five album tracks and helped a great deal with final mixing. Simpkins is well versed in bluegrass, folk, country, and American music.
Sharp’s genre is best classified as “Americana” in the tradition of The Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band, and the early Eagles. Songs on the album are a combination of bluegrass, country, rockabilly, 60s rock, folk and blues. Additional musical support on the album was provided by keyboardist/singer, Jon Carroll, founding member of the Starland Vocal Band in the 70s. Carroll currently tours and records with Mary Chapin Carpenter and other nationally known artists. The album contains two originals and 12 covers. Sharp plays all guitars, organ/keyboards, and harmonica on the CD.
Sharp’s two original contributions, “The Day the Roof Fell In” and “Birthplace of Rivers”, are both presented as progressive bluegrass songs, and both feature Rickie Simpkins on fiddle and mandolin supporting Sharp’s vocal and acoustic guitar playing. Bill Hensley plays banjo on both tunes. Sharp also covers several songs popularized by dominate 50s and 60s artists of various musical genres including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Dave Clark 5, Byrds, Rolling Stones, plus one well-known Hank Williams country tune: “Lost Highway”. Rural Roots can be purchased online from “CD Baby” at the following link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davesharp2
Rural Roots is Sharp’s fourth album on Odessa Records. Previous albums include Rock and Soul Music, Dave Sharp and Friends (2008); Step Outside of the Darkness, Dave Sharp and Enemies of the People (1994); and Clinging to the Truth – Tribute to JFK, Dave Sharp (1993).
Members of the Dave Sharp Trio are Paul Englar on bass and vocals; John Tompkins on rhythm guitar and vocals; plus Sharp on lead vocals, lead guitar and mandolin.
JV’s Restaurant is located at 6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va. 22042. The Dec. 9th show begins at 9:00 pm, ends at midnight.