Dave Blanton
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Dave Blanton

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Currently I am focusing on venues and audiences that are looking for and enjoy popular "cover" tunes they can sing and dance along to.

I do throw in an occasional original every now and then, and I hope someday to release my own CD.

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You have a lot of choices out there when you decide to have live music at at your event. Make sure you know what you're getting and what you're paying for. With me, there's no question - I will work to make your event a success.

I've often been caught saying I'd play in a phone booth if there was room and someone on the line! I love to play anywhere, anytime and would love to play at your venue or next event. With over 17 years stage experience, and the last five having played professionally, I know what you're looking for in an acoustic act. My number one goal at any show is to entertain your patrons or guests, keeping them engaged and "in their seats." With so many choices today it's hard enough to get people in the door, and worse still if your musical entertainment is running them out!

Every aspect of my show takes into consideration you, your staff and most of all your guests. From starting on time, to ensuring proper volume levels, to crafting a great "sound" for your room and having a wide variety of popular songs and sing-a-longs, to helping you promote upcoming events you can rest assured that your best interests are my best interests.

My repertoire ranges from folk to blues, bluegrass to rock, country and old-time, modern alternative "unplugged" favorites and about anything else I can sing, enjoy playing and feel the audience would want to hear. With a songbook of over 200 songs to choose from, I rely on and encourage my audience to make requests or suggestions for songs I should play or add. Once I get a feel for the crowd on hand, I can easily tailor my show to their liking.

Additionally, my instruments and gear are top of the line. The results you hear reflect the time, effort and money I've spent to give your audience a truly professional and personal experience. After all, even Mozart sounds bad when played through a $2.00 stereo!

Lastly, in working with me you'll gain a professional trustworthy partner to work with aside from the musical aspects of my act. Rest assured that your choice in hiring me will be the beginning of a long and successful relationship onstage and off.

Thank you for your consideration,
Dave Blanton

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***** AREA VENUES & SHOWS PLAYED *****
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Double Door Inn
Visulite Theater (w/The Last Waltz Ensemble)
Graduate (Various locations)
Comet Grill
Salvador Deli
Philosopher's Stone
Smokey Joe's (Both of 'em)
Tyber Creek Pub
Village Tavern
Amos' SouthEnd
Midtown 51
Canyon's (Blowing Rock, NC)
Moe's Southwest Grille (Arsley location)
Rookie's Sports Bar
Tijuana Flats
The Americana
GroverFest 2007
Groverween 2007
Chadstock '05, '06
The Room
Breaker's Sports Bar

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***** TECHNICAL *****
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Guitars:

2006 Taylor 810ce ES
2007 Taylor T5

Amplification:

Fishman Loudbox 100 Acoustic Amp
Mackie SRM-450 Powered Speakers

Processors:

BBE Sonic Maximizer
TC-Helicon VoiceLive Vocal Harmonizer
Boss GT-8 Effects Processor
Boss RC-50 Loop Station
Taylor K4 Parametric EQ (on the "one more thing to get" list as of 1/2007)

Other:

In addition to my personal "acoustic rig" outlined above I have a complete PA system and "electric guitar rig" utilizing a Mackie Onyx 1620 16-channel board, Apple MacBook Pro 17" Laptop, Outboard effects and EQ, Monster Power conditioners, Carvin power amps, American DJ Lighting, Boss GT-8, Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 and a Roland JCM-120.