dave tamkin

dave tamkin

 Boulder, Colorado, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

Chicago Singer/Songwriter, Dave Tamkin, currently resides in Boulder, CO. He has created his own unique style of rhythmic-acoustic sounds that's based around a fresh musical vision. His shows vary from intimate solo acoustic performances to a full band experience (DTCO) encapsulating a mixture of personal lyrics and skilled songwriting set against a high-energy percussive backbone.

Biography

Chicago Singer/Songwriter, Dave Tamkin, currently resides in Boulder, CO. He has created his own unique style of rhythmic-acoustic sounds that's based around a fresh musical vision. His shows vary from intimate solo acoustic performances to a full band experience (DTCO) encapsulating a mixture of personal lyrics and skilled songwriting set against a high-energy percussive backbone.

While touring relentlessly all over the nation, he's shared the stage with Guster, The Samples, Rusted Root, Butch Walker, Rhett Miller, Matt Wertz, Stroke 9, The Violent Femmes, Fountains of Wayne, Cracker, Carbon Leaf, Will Hoge, Freddy Jones Band, Peter Mulvey, Willy Porter, Brian VanDerark, Little Feat, Donavon Frankenreiter and The Commitments, to name a few. All those who have been in attendance bear witness to a unique stage show that bursts at the seams with positive energy.

Tamkin has a style that's hard to resist. His lyrics are unabashedly honest and his passion for playing is undying. Dave sings and plays with emotion not commonly seen in the music world these days. He is currently touring nationally as he release his 4th album in April of 2017

Lyrics

Only Traffic

Written By: Dave Tamkin

Finally Friday, Late sun shining
I think it’s going to, I think it’s going to rain
She sits waiting, flowers around her toes
I think its time to; I think its time to go

40 cents can I spare?
The change I need never gets me there
Even a sign to let me know
Time to slow down, time to go

A little peace on this road ahead
Found some time to leave everything behind
No anthem here just sick of proving I can drive
I can hear, I can hear inside

$1.50 toll, Oasis around the bend
Somewhere quiet, somewhere to rest my headlights
Jolly inn, back off of Georgia’s state line.
I’ve been driving, driving since the sun hit my eyes

*It’s only traffic amongst the wheels
It’s only traffic when you’re leaving (going) home
It’s only traffic playing on the radio
Its only traffic, only

Up a mile old trucker swerves
I don’t want to loose the wheel like that
I’m not loosing sleep anymore
Life’s too short for shit like that

Fill up my pitcher, I’m drinking dark tonight
Looks like things are about to spin
No I don’t smoke but can I have a lite
I’m not getting in my car again.
*
Finally Friday, Late sun shining
I think of nothing, I think of nothing now alone
She’s waiting, phone chord rapped around her toes
I know she’s waiting, I know its time to call home

Underlining Skies

Written By: Dave Tamkin

I woke up somewhere between two and three
Dreaming you there
T-shirt moves from the pounding within my chest
Should've turned around to the light behind my head
I felt you way before
You ever touched my lips
This rage inside now pushed aside
I know I was smiling blind

There's fifty underlining skies
To the words you never said
I only wish I would've listened
To what you had to say
I would've been gone long ago
I would've been gone yesterday

I called three times and broke the rules
You've played your games
I have no rules
Your selfish gain seemed to never change
Easily forgotten, the easily attained
And I was sick of sitting in your shade
Just want to hear what the sun has to say.

Rollercoaster

Written By: Dave Tamkin

Rollercoaster

I've been waiting
In this line
A wonderland
Press replay again
So slow with you
An evening groove
Each step closer
To this rollercoaster ride

A morning kiss
To calm your breath
The sun falls under
No more tears in your hands
At the top
Of this wooden frame
We ride home
On this rollercoaster ride

I carry you to the room
slowly taking curves
I fall deep with you
And tremble beneath your skin
The air begins to roll
Along the tracks we've laid
As we hold on
To this rollercoaster ride

Don't close your eyes
Enjoy this ride
Come sit close
I'll hold you now
There's not much time
Before we find
We're back in line
On our rollercoaster ride

Discography

dave tamkin & Co. "let me hear you scream" (2007)dave tamkin "only traffic" (2005)
dave tamkin live acoustic in L.A. (2003)
Dave Tamkin and the PPC. "...if you will" (2002)

Set List

Standard Show: 75 minutes to 90minutes. can play up to 3 / 45 min sets
Originals:
inside your sky
drift
fly me
missing on you
thoughts up here
3rd weekend
smile
walkaround
Prelude
relish
bring me back
once again
only traffic
julieann
lighthouse girl
kites
little world
lemonade
tuesday
amanda
mile behind me
home
i can swim
rollercoaster
underlining skies
fell