David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band
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David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band


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""An Engaging Americana Experience That is Uniquely Their Own""


"Newcomer David Glenn Dyer brandishes his own style of high-energy roots-rock described as Hank Sr. meets the Beatles."

North Carolina-based David Glenn Dyer is a storyteller who delivers a wholesome blend of country-infused roots-rock on his latest album, CROSSROADS GROCERY.

Over the years he has played with a variety of bluegrass, country and rock bands and currently performs both as a solo artist and with his Raleigh-based group, David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band.

They are a talented outfit: Jim Crew (keyboards, vocals) has composed, produced and recorded original music for films and TV including Pulp Fiction, When Harry Met Sally and King Kong, Allyn Love (pedal steel) has played behind Jo Dee Messina and Steve Wariner, Ken Weigand (bass, vocals) and Fran Dyer (drums), have spent years in a number of different bands and styles. Shana Morrison (daughter of Van) sings background and duets on 'They Don't Know What They've Got,' and then there's producer Scott Mathews, who has worked with Bonnie Raitt, the Beach Boys, and the late Johnny Cash. It all adds up to a highly-polished, original sounding album that criss-crosses musical genres but loosely fits in Americana and country.

Mined from Dyer's personal experiences in mid-life Americana, the songs cover everything from life's joys and big decisions, to relationships both hard and beautiful.

Mellotron and viola adds mood to expansive pieces such as 'Crossroads,' which fuse his Appalachian heritage with the spirit of earthy rock'n'roll. Vocally at times their are strains of the late Johnny Burnette, then you'll notice David Ball inflections, but in the final analysis, Dyer has perfected a style very much his own.

The opening 'Save Me' is a powerful rock song, follwed by the pedal-steel driven, 'Beautiful Girl,' with exquisite harmonies, and Big JES, a mid-tempo country song that has some great hooks and banjo, steel and fiddle wafting away in the background.

Quality doesn't end there. Sizzling lead guitar turns up on an electrifying 'You Don't Shake Me (The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song),' with a definite Beatles vibe, and mournful 'Old Grey Stone,' a pure mountain ballad with strong Celtic overtones.

Overall, David Dyer and the Crooked Smile Band deliver an engaging musical experience that is uniquely their own.

Crossroads Grocery is an eclectic collection that's well-worth seeking out. Alan Cackett - British Monthly, "Maverick," by Alan Cackett


Crossroads Grocery (album) - see www.cdbaby.com/cd/dgd

Debut (album) - see cdbaby.com/cd/crookedsmile

(3rd Record currently in process).



David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band deliver their own brand of high-energy Americana, fusing Byrdlike vocal harmonies with the honky-tonk twang-rock of Hank Sr., and Prine-like storytelling that is sometimes humorous, sometimes guttural but always honest.

Established in '98, David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band (CSB) is an eclectic sextet of accomplished musicians.

Front man and principal songwriter David Dyer is an old-school throwback steeped in Southern roots influences ranging from Bill Monroe to Johnny Cash. His most recent record, "Crossroads Grocery,” recorded with Oscar & Grammy-winning producer Scott Mathews (Shana Morrison, daughter of Van, sings a duet and provides backing vocals on three tracks), is receiving critical acclaim and extensive domestic and international radio airplay. Track 10 (Ustacould) reached the #12 position on Europe’s Country Hotdisc Top 40 Chart, where Track 4 (Big JES) appeared for 8 weeks and peaked @ the #25 spot, and Track 3 (They Don’t Know What They’ve Got – the duet with Shana) recently reached the #23 position. David has written music which has been licensed for a myriad of applications including most recently ABC network's "World News Tonight." David recently received international recognition by having four of his compositions place in the Billboard International Songwriting Contest and was also a recent semifinalist in the ISC International Songwriting Competition. David composes most of the band's material and fronts the band on guitar, blues harp and vocals. (see www.crookedsmileband.com and www.davidglenndyer.com ).

Pedal-steel guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Allyn Love got his start in Nashville playing with Grand Ol’ Opry star Jean Shepard. He went on to tour with Steve Wariner for over 15 years and played on many if his hit records including the #1 single “Life’s Highway.” Allyn also toured with Jo Dee Messina and shared the stage with many others including Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and Danni Leigh. His TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Austin City Limits, The View, Solid Gold, and Grand Ol’ Opry Live. Since moving to Raleigh, Allyn has also performed regularly with the Steve Howell Band and Thad Cockerell. He recently performed Michael Levine’s Concerto for Pedal Steel Guitar and Orchestra with the North Carolina Symphony where he is the Director of Operations.

Keyboardist, vocalist, and composer Jim Crew, (see www.jimcrewmusic.com ), studied music at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of North Texas, and privately with world renowned pianist Joanne Brackeen. He has performed at major jazz festivals and in clubs from New York to Florida and has composition credits ranging from modern dance to musical theater, computer games and film trailers (notables include Pulp Fiction, When Harry Met Sally, Lion King, and most recently, King Kong). Among Jim’s awards and honors is "Best Musician in the Triangle" in the 1996 Spectator Magazine reader's poll.

Guitarist Bernie Petteway is known locally for his work with Triangle area Jazz-Fusion group 3PM and has performed in settings as wide-ranging as with David Palmer of Jethro Tull, to the Dixie Dregs, Pat Benetar, The BeeGees, Tito Puente, and the St. Louis and NC Symphonies.

Drummer-percussionist-composer Francis Dyer is known for his work with such diversified bands as Carnevelito (Latin), Brown (Rock) and the Zone Rangers (Jazz Fusion) as well as his collaborations with former Columbia recording artist and Raleigh-based production wizard, John Custer. Fran is currently a composer and sound designer with Red Storm Games.

Bassist, guitarist and vocalist Ken Weigand is the founder of the teaching and artist development group, Bamboo music, recently featured in the Triangle's Independent Weekly. Ken has been a professional musician for over 30 years and also performs regulalry with Big Mama E and the Cool.

CSB is currently working on it's third record project and performs regularly at festivals and music arts venues throughout the Southeast.