He's folksy, but rock solid. He's soft with a hard edge. He's eclectic, yet familiar. He's unpretentious, but confident. He buys his stage clothes in thrift shops. He's Dave Laurence, and if you don't know him, you should.
A native of Portland, Maine who now calls Oklahoma City home, Dave's songs combine rock, jazz, country, folk, and blues influences with his thoughtful insights on love and life, sometimes infused with the dry humor that comes from his New England roots. When performing cover songs, Dave seeks out those familiar tunes that most other artists aren't playing, songs you might not have heard in years. "It's simply fun acoustic music," Dave says.
Dave started out as a bassist for several local Maine bands from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. He began performing as a solo artist in 1987, with stops in Boston and Providence before migrating to Oklahoma City in 1995.
Upon his arrival there, Dave served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Songwriters and Composers Association, and performed throughout the Midwest until 2003. After taking a hiatus ("my one major regret in life," he says), he returned to the stage in 2012. Since then, Dave has released three albums: Every Lonesome Road (2012), Analog Soul (2015), and Right Here (2017). He's also released a single, It's Not About You, in 2016.
In addition to his acoustic guitar and bass skills, Dave plays keyboards, mandolin, harmonica, percussion, and other instruments. He enjoys playing and recording with other musicians when time permits.
After medical issues forced him to sit out most of 2019, Dave has returned with a clearer focus on his future as a musical storyteller. Watch for new music soon!