David Sidney
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David Sidney

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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"David Sidney - Murfreesboro Music"

David Sidney is a Murfreesboro artist whose repertoire includes Americana, folk, and country songwriting. He began performing in Knoxville in 2003, and has since completed a full length album, one US tour, and two small regional tours. “When I first heard Ryan Adams’‘To be Young,’ I was in the middle of my cliché teenage rebellion, and immediately knew I wanted to write my own songs. I was also a diehard fan of Wilco. Of course, hats off to Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, and Neil Young, but something about these younger artists made writing songs less intimidating.” Since 2003, he has opened for Charlie Daniels, Old Crow Medicine Show, Malibu Storm, and many local acts in the Knoxville and Murfreesboro areas. The stage name “Sidney” is borrowed from the first name of his father, who passed away in 2007.

“Dad was an employee of the Tennessee Department of Human Services for almost 15 years, but when he got addicted to his pain medication, it was a downhill battle with a justice system that all but rehabilitates addicts. Every son hopes for the approval of their father, and because Sidney was supportive of my music, I use his name when I perform.”

“Clear Sky Songs” will be available through David’s myspace (http://www.myspace.com/davidsidneymusic) on Thanksgiving 2010 for donations. 70% of profits will directly benefit the W.O. Smith Music School (http://www.wosmith.org) in Nashville, which offers affordable music instruction for children of low-income families. The album features University of Tennessee jazz professors Rusty Holloway (upright bass) and Mark Boling (guitar), 2-time national fiddle champion Craig Fletcher, and gospel/country drummer Tony Creaseman.
Sidney: “The era of $10-15 CDs seems to be ending, and no matter how many grandmas and parents the RIAA takes down over their youngster’s illegal downloading, or how many well-established artists whine about it, they aren’t going to stop the future. I hope to encourage people to purchase the album by assuring that all but 30% of their donation goes to a reputable local charity, and I hope more bands will catch on to the idea. A music scene geared toward the success of local charity instead of massive corporations could be less corruptible, while giving the dedicated artist a practical role in their community. There are easy ways to legitimize donations so that the receiving organization can access the artist’s financial records; it doesn’t have to be hearsay.”

David is currently working on an acoustic EP to supplement the release of his first album, and arranging a small back-up group to perform locally. - http://murfreesboronewspress.com


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