David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player. He has been rockin' and shoutin' the blues since 1957. An Alabama native and longtime Texas resident, he has been filling dance and concert halls from Vancouver Island to southern Ontario since relocating to Canada. He was among the headliners at this year's Labatt Blues Festival in Edmonton (where he sold 131 CD's off of sun aft slot) and appeared at last year's Calgary Blues Festival.
Vest has appeared numerous times at Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival and at Seattle's Bumbershoot. He has also performed at the New Orleans Jazzfest, the Arkansas Heritage Festival, and Houston's Juneteenth Celebration, among many others.
Highlights of his long career include performing with Big Joe Turner in the early '60s, working with Jimmy T99 Nelson and Lavelle White, touring Eastern Europe, and receiving the direct "laying on of hands" from Texas piano legends Floyd Dixon, Big Walter the Thunderbird, and Katie Webster. As a teenager, he sat in with the Jimmy Dorsey Band and Bill Black's Combo, and jammed with members of Woody Herman's New Thundering Herd.
In addition to his blues and jazz credentials, Vest has also appeared with many country music legends, including Red Foley and Faron Young. He wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette. (The story of their relationship is chronicled in Jimmy McDonough's recent best-seller, "Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen.")
Vest performed for several years as pianist, lead vocalist and songwriter with the Paul deLay Band. Their final CD, The Last of the Best, featuring several of Vest's songs, reached the Top Ten in the USA on Billboard's national blues charts.
Oregon Music News calls David Vest "a one-man highlight reel … one of the more unique individuals, let alone unique musicians you’ll ever want to meet."
The Red Deer Advocate is one of many newspapers to use the phrase "the real thing" in describing his music.
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