David Vest
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David Vest

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
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"David Vest On OPB's Art Beat"

"David Vest is the real thing." - Oregon Public Broadcasting

"Gospel Roots"

"Piano pounder David Vest was baptized in the blues, but his music has its roots in Gospel, and as the spirit moves him, he's up off his seat and onto his feet while playing." - Rose Allen, CBA

"Review of Way Down Here"

This is rock and roll for grown-ups. Dangerous, fast, addictive. Surrounded by one of the tightest working bands around, David Vest pounds the piano like Jerry Lee Lewis in his prime and writes lyrics that would make Dylan envious and George Bush furious. What more do you need to know? - CounterPunch

"One of the Best"

"One of the best on the barrelhouse piano, with a ferocity few possess." - The Oregonian

"Like Mt. St. Helens erupting"

"David Vest smoked and rocked the place like Mt. St. Helens was going off again ... one of the hottest sets I have ever heard." - Cascade Blues Association

"Both Hands Blazing"

"One of the greatest living boogie woogie piano players." - Oregon Music News

"2007 Waterfront Fest Review"

"Boogie woogie grand master David Vest played the most outstanding set of the Festival Friday afternoon ... he was behind a big grand piano and played with Peter Dammann, David Kahl and Jeff Minnick of the Paul deLay band. Paul loved David's soul and amazing technique.

David played tunes from his own albums and from Last of the Best, the recent and only release by Paul's last band. I've seen David many times and I can truly say I have never seen him play a better set of music than this one. He was in great voice, never missed a step on the piano and played blues, boogie-woogie and rock n' roll with a soulful vengance.

The crowd was up and dancing immediately and never stopped." - Tom D'Antoni

"Review of "Serve Me Right To Shuffle""

"If there's a better (or smarter) blues record released this year I haven't heard it." - Jeffrey St. Clair

"Review of "Way Down Here""

"Monster barrelhouse blues piano ... heartfelt, hard-rockin' rhythm & blues. This disc is a must-have." - Cascade Blues Association

"David Vest in performance"

"Entertains to the max with his amusing lyrics and bouncy piano playing." - Sierra Blues Society


Roadhouse Revelation, Cordova Bay 2014
East Meets Vest, Ark-O-Matic 2012, Recording of the Year nominee (Maple Blues Awards)
Rock A While, Criminal Records 2009
The Last of the Best, Paul deLay Band with David Vest, Criminal Records 2007
Serve Me Right to Shuffle, Trillium 2005
Way Down Here, Trillium 2003, Best NW Recording nominee (Cascade Blues Association)

Notable guest appearances:
Still Blue, Bill Johnson 2010, Juno nominee
Christmas with the Blues, David Gogo, Cordova Bay 2012
Come On Down, David Gogo, Cordova Bay 2013, Juno nominee
Lisa Mann, Lisa Mann 2010



"His style is a little bit boogie-woogie, a little creole and a touch of honky tonk, and his bands aren't afraid to rock and roll, either." - Willamette Week.

When critics write that David Vest "pounds the piano like Jerry Lee Lewis in his prime," they're not talking about imitation. There's nothing being "re-created" here, this is no "tribute" act. David has always played this way, since his first gig back in the mid-1950s.

Maybe what all the comparisons really mean is that a David Vest show is as close as anyone's likely going to get to experiencing what it all felt like when it was new.

When David came on the scene, American music was dominated by three great piano players, all Southerners: Fats Domino, Little Richard and Lewis. Fats, the eldest, was only 15 years older than David.

Although most people don't realize it, piano players down south were jumping around and "going wild" long before the Killer hit the charts. "I think the first time I saw anybody kick a piano bench and let his hair fall in his face was Hovie Lister, at an all-nite gospel singing in 1951 or 1952," recalls David.

On New Year's Day 1962 his band opened for Roy Orbison. He backed Big Joe Turner and jammed with Bill Black's Combo and the Tommy Dorsey Band before turning 21. He saw Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker in the prime of their careers. In 1966, when "96 Tears" was Number One on the charts, ? and the Mysterians dropped by the studio in Birmingham where David was recording.

Later he would receive the "direct laying on of hands" from piano legends like Big Walter The Thunderbird, Floyd Dixon and Katie Webster. He has toured with Jimmy T99 Nelson and Lavelle White. Along the way he wrote the first songs ever recorded by country legend Tammy Wynette, played for a gospel quartet, backed Red Foley and became the first American artist ever to record an album in Romania.

He kept right on playing his two-fisted Gulf Coast barrelhouse boogie through the 70s, 80s and 90s, when most piano players had given up and switched to B3 organ or synthesizer.

From 2002 through 2006, David shared lead vocals and frontman duties in the Paul deLay Band, culminating in his performance on an award-winning live CD, which reached the Top Ten nationally on Billboard's blues chart.

After deLay's untimely death, Vest joined forces with Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne and D.K. Stewart to form Northwest Pianorama.

David's many festival appearances include Seattle's Bumbershoot, the Arkansas Heritage Festival, the Waterfront Blues Festival, the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, the Edmonton Labatt's Blues Festval, the Baltimore Blues Festival, Houston's Juneteenth Festival, the Ritzville Blues Festival, the Salem Arts Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival (with Miss Lavelle White).

In 2005, an Oregon Public Broadcasting "Art Beat" feature on David Vest was voted a "Viewer Favorite," beating out Pink Martini and other NW notables.

Amazingly, considering the rigors of the road, time has done little to diminish David's level of energy, skill and drive. He continues to write nearly all his own songs, and to bring audiences to their feet when he performs them.

"I could go all around the world and never find another piano player like David Vest." - Jimmy T99 Nelson

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