Dave McCormick

Dave McCormick

BandPop

Rock and bluegrass, soul and country, jazzy kind of rhythm and blues.

Biography

Dave McCormick was born and raised in Sod West Virginia, a small town south of the Capital City of Charleston where he would later hone his craft in the smokey dives downtown.
Daves' whole family sang and a few played guitar, but he began his musical journey playing drums at age 10. He started playing guitar at age 12 and was soon singing and writing songs. "My father gave me his guitar, a Ventura acoustic, and soon after I bought a Memphis Strat copy with a rebel flag pickguard. I thought that was so cool." says Dave.
For more than 2 decades, no one in the area has bent more strings than Dave. His whiskey baritone voice makes you feel at home like warm apple pie. His searing, soulful guitar playing has moved more people than Mayflower. With a mix of Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz, he has been able to put his own stamp on Southern style rock. "I was influenced by everything from Merle Haggard to Jimi Hendrix. SRV's version of Little Wing is my favorite piece of music ever written, period." he adds.
Dave often gets compared to Stevie Ray when he plays the blues, but then he'll turn around and start chicken pickin on some Dwight Yoakum tune and you wonder if its even the same guitar, much less the same guy. Local Guitar guru Bill Holstein comments, " Dave's personality comes out in his playing and songwriting, thats what makes him special. He's the real deal!"
But you can't really know all about Dave and his music until you've seen one of his legendary acoustic solo gigs. He will amaze you! The easy, offhand confidence of his guitar playing combined with the passion of his voice make him the perfect vehicle for the extremely wide variety of songs he writes. "How do I write all those different kinds of songs? Well, find yourself in a different mood, pick up a different guitar, sit down in a different place and play some different chords!" he laughed.
Dave's songwriting is becoming legendary as well. He has been known locally for a long while as a songwriter of unusual depth. But recently he moved into a more national spotlight as Co-winner of The Mountain Stage Newsong Festival Contest. He also tied for Best Song with a tune entitled "Where Are You Moses?", co-written by Dave and his friend Tracy Rush. When asked about the event, he responded "I feel very blessed and honored to have been a part of that whole experience. I met so many great people."
Dave says he's going to move to Nashville soon, and I'm sure he won't be back. Be sure to catch him (while you still can!!) tearing it up in a watering hole somewhere near you!
www.myspace.com/davemccormickjr

Lyrics

Music Man

Written By: Dave McCormick

Music Man

Well he walked up to the stage about the time we took our break
He said “Boys you play good music and I like the sounds that you make
Let’s take a walk out back and see if we can find
Something to loosen our tongues and open up our minds
He had tattoos on his arms, he probably didn’t know his name
His faded jeans were far from clean and his face about the same
He said “Boys I’ve seen more music live upon the stage
Than all the words I’ve ever read that were written on a page

CHORUS
And there ain’t nothin’ in this world like a music man
When he’s givin’ out his heart and soul for you
There ain’t nothin’ in the world like a music man
Doin’ what he was put here to do

Well he saw rock n roll by Zeppelin and blues by B.B. King
Soul by Janis Joplin, and man that girl could sing
Saw them southern boys called Skynyrd back in 1973
Freebird sure was flyin’ high and that’s the way it’ll always be
He watched Duane slide on his SG, been through Reverend Gibbons’ Pearly Gates
He followed the Grateful Dead one year 31 consecutive dates
And he said that he got lost in Mr. Hendrix “Purple Haze”
And he’d die to hear the music that Jimi and Stevie Ray are playin’

REPEAT CHORUS

Try to show me what you’re feelin’ when you’re playin’ your guitar
From your softest lover’s touch to your rock hard battle scars
And then he told me “Boy don’t you ever lay it down,
Cause everybody needs to hear that screamin’ guitar sound”

CHORUS
And there ain’t nothin’ in this world like a music man
When he’s givin’ out his heart and soul for you
There ain’t nothin’ in the world like a music man
Doin’ what he was put here to do
The way I am for you

Grandma Doesn't Need Them Anymore

Written By: McCormick/Turner

Grandma Doesn’t Need Them Anymore
McCormick/Turner

The old hard shell Baptist preacher said we're gathered on this cold October day
But this woman’s life has been more a sermon, than any words I'll ever say
I know she’s finally reached the end of a path that leads to heavens open door
So save your prayers for each other cause Grandma doesn't need them anymore

The ladies from the church brought twenty covered dishes down to our home place
As we stood and prayed in a broken circle, tears rolled down everybody’s face
And we gathered up all the things that Grandma wrote our names on years before
Then we carried home her worldly treasures, cause Grandma doesn't need them anymore

And I sure do miss my Grandma, and all the words of wisdom she would say
And even in my darkest hour I hear her gentle whisper softly say, it’s gonna be ok

I think about the way her values shaped my life right down to the core
Then I smile and wipe away my tears, cause Grandma doesn't need them anymore

All things come and go to that’s the way it surely is upon the earth
So another cold October day, a little baby girl is given birth
And she was given a name that served so well another girl a century before
Yes we gave her both of Grandma’s names, cause Grandma doesn't need them anymore
And we'll give her all our hugs and kisses, cause Grandma doesn't need them any more
And we say our prayers for each other, cause Grandma doesn't need them anymore

Cheap Wine

Written By: Dave McCormick/Tracy Rush

Sometimes I feel like nothing but a shadow in the dark
Just the latest victim of your nasty little snide remark
I'm sleeping under a bridge, as the world above just passes me by
Would anybody care or would anybody hear me if I cried

Hey mister can you spare me a dime
I know, you probably don't have the time
You think I'll just go out and buy some cheap wine

I see my reflection in the fountain in the park
A shadow of the man I used to be, the person I forgot
I'm invisible as yet another person passes me by
Would anybody care or would anybody hear me if I cried

Hey mister, can you spare me a dime
I know you probably don't have the time
You think I'll just go out and buy some cheap wine

I shudder from the bitter cold beneath yesterdays headlines
I'm hungry to my bitter soul cause someone shut down all the soup lines
I feel my body failing and I know that death won't pass me by
Nobody cared and nobody ever heard me when I died

Hey mister can you spare me a dime
I know, you probably don't have the time
You think I'll just go out and buy some cheap wine

I Need This Woman

Written By: Dave McCormick/Louise Dorsey

She's the most beautiful woman I know
She give's me her love and she helps me to grow
And shows me the way when ever I'm lost

She is wisdom and she is grace
And my greatest joy is the smile on her face
I've got to have her whatever the cost

And I need this woman
Yes I need this lady in my life
Yes I need this woman
And maybe someday she will be my wife

She's more than a window she is the light
That shines on my path on the darkest of nights
And there's no use in wasting any more time

She give's me all of the things that I've missed
She is the woman that I can't resist
So I'm gonna lay my heart and soul on the line

And I need this woman
Yes I need this lady in my life
Yes I need this woman
And maybe someday she will be my wife

God knows that I've been searching and looking for some kind of sign
Now it's easy to see that he's given to me
The woman I never could find

And I need this woman
Yes I need this lady in my life
Yes I need this woman
And maybe someday she will be my wife
And maybe someday she will be my wife
Yes maybe someday

Every Time

Written By: Dave McCormick

Every Time

I remember what I was before I knew you
But now it’s hard to picture me that way
Babe, my life back then was kind of crazy
And how I made it through is kind of hard to say

Chorus 1
And every time I fell in love
The next thing I’d be knowing was it had come to push and shove
And every time I’d settle down
The winds of change started blowing and pushing me around
But the one thing that I kept inside my mind
Was the one thing that I kept hoping I’d find
Every time

Every time I thought I’d found my true love
Soon I’d find it wasn’t true at all
Then I’d go and find myself a new love
But the farther that I fell
The farther back I’d have to crawl

Repeat Chorus 1

Bridge
Every time I see your face, my heart does something new
That heart was once an empty space, but now it’s filled by you

Chorus 2
Now every time I feel your love
The only thing I’m knowing, is that it’s come from up above
And every time I lay you down
The only wind that’s blowing, is spinning my head around
And I’ve finally found what I had hoped to find
And baby you just keep blowing my mind
Every time

Fifty Feet of Dirt

Written By: Dave McCormick

Fifty Feet of Dirt

Somebody said “Hey did your hear, they’re putting in a mine
Down along Coal River on the Lincoln County line
They say they got a shovel, it’s a hundred feet across
And it just tears the mountains down so trucks can haul it off”.

Chorus
And all my memories are under fifty feet of dirt
The place my grandpa lived and the fields he used to work
I can’t believe I’ll never see the blossoms on his apple trees again
Cause now they got it buried under fifty feet of dirt.

I know that place all too well, they filled up Tiny Branch
My poppy’s name was Morton and my granny’s name was Blanche
Their house and orchard fell to the blade of a D9
They did away with my home place so they could build a mine
There won’t be no judge and jury but I still say it’s a crime

Chorus

Somebody burned the courthouse down in 1921
And they’d stolen all our mineral rights by the time that it was done
They stole a million tons of coal, I guess they’ll make a mint
Local folks can’t get a job, I’ll never make a cent
I guess I’m kind of glad Poppy didn’t see the way that his place went

Chorus

Discography

CD-Music Man
One Of Those Angels That Doesn't Have Wings -playing on Moozikoo Radio

Set List

A typical set list consists mainly of original songs, which include:
Whippoorwill
Music Man
Forest For The Trees
Jeanine
Lightening Over Cheyenne
Where Are You, Moses?
and many more