David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band

David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band

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Americana. Roots-influenced "twang-rock" that tells a story. Hank Senior meets the Beatles. Bill Monroe meets The Byrds. The Crooked Smile Band has played at music festivals and arts venues throughout the Southeast.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Save Me

Written By: David Glenn Dyer

Save Me,
Take me back from where I've been.
Save me,
Help me fix the shape I'm in.
Heal me,
Help me mend a lonely heart.
Save me,
Help me make a brand new start.

For the road I been on,
Leaves me no place to run,
Think I'm gonna have to have someone,
To come and save me.

Save me,
Take me from my wicked ways.
Save me,
Help me brighten up my days.
Heal me,
Make me strong when I am weak.
Save me,
Help me turn the other cheek.

'Cause the road I been on,
Leaves me no place to run,
Think I'm gonna have to have someone,
To come and save me.

Don't know where I'm going,
and I don't like where I've been.
Think I'm gonna need some help to fix the mess I'm in.
Wonder do you hear me when I'm calling out your name?
If you do I'm asking you to help me live again and come and save me.

Save me,
Help me wash away my pain.
Save me,
Help me learn to live again.
Heal me,
Help me mend an empty heart.
Save me,
Help me make a brand new start.

For the road I've been on leaves me no place to run,
Think I'm gonna have to have Someone, to come and save me.

Come and save me,
Come and save me,
Come and save me,
Come and save me,

Come and save me, save me, save me, save me, save me, save me, save me.

Ustacould

Written By: David Glenn Dyer

Used to be fast, & I used to be lean.
Used to be a drop-dead stone cold killer like you've never seen.
Now my body won't do, things I think it should,
and the older I get the more I go back to Ustacould.

Got me a place, where the memory's kind, where the older I get the better I was as the days unwind.
Those glory days, relive 'em if I could, and the older I get the more I go back to Ustacould.

When your mind writes checks that your body can't cash and you finally figure out, there ain't no gettin' back.
That's the time to book yourself a few day pass on a train to Ustacould.

Sit right down, let's tell some lies,
'bout the legends in our minds from the days gone by.
Can't turn back time, but babe I wish I could.
'Cause the older I get the more I go back to Ustacould

Big JES

Written By: David Glenn Dyer

Everybody knew him as Big JES, was a traveling kind.
Made a right good living selling pickles and syrup across Western Caroline.
On Saturday's I'd climb upon his knee and hang on every word he said.
And listen to his homespun stories of the top off his white head.

Later we would all ride down to Roger's Country Store. He'd slip me a dollar like so many times before.
You know they just don't make 'em like my Grandad anymore.

Always had a joke to tell, and a twinkle in his eye.
Was he who taught me how to turn a phrase, how to make a rhyme.
Was known to share a pint or two, with whoever had the time.
But I never saw him cheat a man, and I never heard him lie.

Sometimes when my mind drifts back to how it used to be,
I think of how much I am now like him and he like me.
I guess its true the acorn does not fall far from the tree.

I'm sure that there are plenty up in heaven who'll attest,
There's never been a finer than the one they called Big JES,
and Grandad if you hear me please know I always thought you were the best.

Old Friend

Written By: David G. Dyer

Old friend,
Through thick and thin.
Cut us from the same cloth,
Together till the end.
At times we take for granted,
Through all that we have been,
And I raise my glass to you,
my old friend.

Old friend,
and skeletons.
The good, the bad, the ugly,
Yet together still we stand.
Mined from the same marble,
The years the sculptor’s hands,
You are one within a million
My old friend.

The farther we go down the path,
With those who from the same die cast,
The more and more it seems the less we find,
Of those who know us inside out,
Who love us through the floods and drought,
Together still to stand the test of time.

Old Friends,
and thick skins.
Freely we can speak our minds,
And always make amends.
I could search the whole world over,
And back around again,
And never find one just like you,
My old friend.
You are one within a million,
one with a million,
and I raise my glass to you,
My old friend.

Missing You

Written By: David G. Dyer

Still have your picture on the wall,
Still hold your letters in my drawer,
Still hear the echo of your sirens song,
From better days of years before,
You had to go.

Still try to find you in the crowd.
Still hope you’ll call out of the blue.
Still think about what might have been,
Still haven’t found another you,
I’d like to know,

Where are you now?
What have you become?
What’s left behind,
Or left undone?
And do you go back,
To a place before?
Still missing you.

Still hear the music in your voice,
Still feel the softness of your skin,
Still wonder if a love that left,
can ever come around again,
Were you the one?

So much that’s left to talk about,
So many things to figure out,
Think about the good times and laugh out loud,
Where did we go wrong?
Why did you run?

Where are you now?
What have you become?
What’s left behind,
or left undone?
And do you go back,
To a place before?

I'm missing you.
Still missing you.
I'm missing you.

Still have your picture on the wall

Discography

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

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

(3rd Record currently in process).

Set List

90 percent original (check out audio samples). We typically perform 2 to 3 hour-long sets. Sample covers typically include something like a "Georgia On A Fast Train," by Billy Joe Shaver, "That's When I'll Stop Loving You," by the Rice Brothers, or a vintage Hank Sr. tune. Oh yeah, there is usually at least one roots-inspired curveball version of something from the archives like "Psychokiller" by the Talking Heads, or "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" by the Temptations.