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Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dave Nachmanoff saw Al Stewart live for the first time at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1985 and in 2006 came back and performed with him. At the age of ten he played with Libba Cotton (“Freight Train”). He’s led songwriting workshops for many groups, from German school children to the Silcocks, a family with 44 adopted boys. In addition, he’s a heckofa songwriter in styles ranging from folk to pop who’s sold over 15,000 recordings. Dave’s the father of two and writes custom songs for weddings and other special occasions. As a side player (guitar, piano, bass, accordion and more) he’s worked with Stewart on a regular basis as well as many others at hundreds of venues as far ranging as The Bottom Line and the Edmonton Folk Festival. Oh, and he’s got a doctorate in Philosophy. That he earned in his spare time.

Dave grew up in the 60’and 70’s surrounded by the active folk scene of northern Virginia and Washington DC and inspired by Pete Seeger, country rock, early revival folk like the Kingston Trio and later on, 80’s new wave. Toss in a bit of Celtic folk-rock a la Fairport Convention and it’s clear how he got his rich melodic sound.

He produced and played on Al Stewart’s newest, Uncorked. It’s an exciting live recording of Stewart’s songs, their guitars and voices so full and in sync you’ll swear it’s a whole band. In “News from Spain” Al Jokes that Dave had to duplicate Rick Wakeman’s piano solo and indeed he does, with a Spanish flair that ends in a flurry of notes. In “Carol,” he offers a rhythmic compliment to Al’s strumming, including a breath taking set of arpeggios that brings the crowd to their feet. “A bonus on every song is the fine guitar playing of Nachmanoff, who blends with Stewart’s guitar very well and adds considerable musical interest to the proceedings …” Mike O’Cull, RivetingRiffs.com.

His most recent solo CD, Time Before the Fall offers a diverse palate of genres, from the traditional English ballad style “Midnight Sea” to the folk-pop of “Lucky.” There are just enough hooky guitar licks on these songs to make you smile but not so much that they distract from the wonderful stories and out of the ordinary characters. There’s the guy who brightens a city corner with flowers in the upbeat “George’s Corner” and a man who remorsefully reports his brother’s activities to the authorities in “Judas Kiss.” He’s got eight albums in all, including his first, Candy Shower, released in 1997. Get his CDs at www.davenach.com or from many outlets including CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and many more.

With a personable style that’s adaptable to a variety of stages, he looks larger than life although he’s a vertically challenged five foot two (and no, he doesn’t have blue eyes). He’s that neighbor who always has a friendly wave but doesn’t keep you from dinner. You’ll probably forget about that meal anyway when he starts to tell his stories and sing his well-crafted tunes in a voice like an older Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) but a guitar style that’s more Mark Knopfler or Richard Thompson. And just as versatile too.

He’s shared the stage with Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Forbert, The Pogues, America, Alison Krauss and many others.

If you’re looking for a unique gift or a way to celebrate your wedding or other important event, ask Dave about writing you a custom song. It’ll be much more appreciated than another blender and it’ll be remembered for years.

Just Plain Folks honored him with the 2001 Songwriter of the Year award. For five consecutive years he was the Susan Lucci of the South Florida Folk Festival, earning a place as a finalist before winning Best Overall in 2002. SingOut! has praised his “… heartfelt, inspired songwriting … with a delivery both biting and assured.” He’s busy but he’s always got time for a fun gig and a good story. If you’re an artist who needs a side player, he’s your guy. Heck, he could be your entire band. Whether you’re a concert junkie, participating in one of his songwriting classes or listening to your custom song, you’ll walk away from your Dave Nachmanoff experience wondering why he hasn’t yet learned to play anything with his feet. Why not? He’s done everything else.

For more information on Dave Nachmanoff, please visit his website at www.davenach.com .
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"Uncorked - Al Stewart Live with Dave Nachmanoff" has arrived!

"Uncorked" has arrived!

Over the next week, we'll be turning around pre-orders (at www.davenach.com, concerts, and mail order) for 'Uncorked', which should be available at other retailers in a few weeks. A few have already received their copy.

Haven't ordered yet? Go to www.davenach.com.


2009 - Wallaby Trails Recordings - WAL-001 -… Continue

Posted on September 20, 2009 at 12:44pm

'Uncorked' - Al Stewart with flatpicking guitarist/harmony vocalist Dave Nachmanoff

Breaking news from Dave Nachmanoff and Al Stewart


July 23, 2009

Well, I can finally share the good news! Al Stewart will be releasing, "Uncorked - Al Stewart Live with Dave Nachmanoff"! If you have ever wanted to have a live album of "Al and Dave" - an official, live release - then this is your opportunity. This CD is no bootleg or "Board Tape". Over 70 hours of…

Posted on August 2, 2009 at 4:00am

The Dave Nachmanoff Flatpicking Dance Mix

Dave Nachmanoff (who will be featured in the November/December issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine) has just released an instrumental dance single (no not 'Joe The Georgian') on iTunes! It's a cover of a very well known song but we'll let you discover for yourself which one. The producer (Jeff McCullough) did a fantastic job, and for less than a buck you can download it, carry it around in your iPod, and play it at your next

party. Let us know what you think. It has plenty of hot… Continue

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 10:33am

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At 4:12am on June 27, 2008, Steve Kaufman said…
Hi Dave
Welcome to the list
See you at Kamp next year?!
At 9:48pm on June 29, 2008, Kathy Barwick said…
hey Dave. I surprised we haven't picked yet.... so close, you know? Plus, I bet no one else here, and I mean no one, gets the Susan Lucci reference.
At 11:34am on August 9, 2008, Dudley Murphy said…
Hi Dave,

I really enjoyed your page and videos. I can hear a touch of Knopfler from time to time in your tasteful solos ... not licks, but beautiful simplicity, a real joy. Great stuff!

Take care,

At 9:37pm on August 27, 2008, Craig Kent said…
Thanks for the invite, Dave. Great page and some great playing. It was cool to see you shared the stage with Steve Forbert. His first album knocked me out and I learned a bunch of the tunes ....
At 5:52am on September 15, 2008, Marcy Marxer "Iona Martin" said…
Hi Dave,
The only thing better than friends is having friends who play guitar!
Great Susan Lucci comment! We have that in common. I was nominated for Grammys and lost 10 years in a row before winning my first. Every year got more and more hilarious!
All the Best!!
At 6:01pm on October 2, 2008, Eric Lambert said…
Thanks for the friendship Dave!
At 12:01am on October 11, 2008, Steve Good said…
Hey, Dave -- thanks for the friend invite! More friends, more pickers, it's all good...)
At 6:27pm on January 14, 2009, Jack Shannon said…
Hello Dave, Thanks for the invite! Love your sound!

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