Wisconsin-born, and Charlottesville, Virginia-raised, David plays “locally-grown, soulful indie folk.” Some listeners have offered the following:
“Your music, words and vocals perfectly combine to allow us no choice but to walk, breathe and explore in the middle of your stories.”
– E. Stevens
“Your vibe – enlightened. Your flow – affirming. Your music – incredible.
Your voice – makes goose bumps!”
– P. Ross
“Wonderful vibe from his original tunes….plus a rendition of “Salt of the Earth” that was better than the Rolling Stones ever did.”
– C. Cannon
As a life-long lover of music of all kinds–chant to jazz and blues, trip-hop to opera, R&B to indie pop–David has been performing his original songs since 1998, beginning with jazz-pop band Image, and then acoustic duo Zofia Drone through 2002, when he started performing as solo artist. Over the years, he has also offered his musical gifts for three houses of worship, spanning music styles from acappella hymns to urban gospel. Inspired by art rock, jazz fusion and R&B on the radio, Tewksbury weds rock’s intensity to soul’s intimacy, with lyrics that cover the gamut from social justice to heartbreak to life-celebrating anthems. Van Morrison, Ben Harper, Amos Lee and Sting are solid influences, while inspiration comes from all corners of the musical prophetical-poetical world.
Tightly connected to the rich Charlottesville songwriting community centered around The Local in Belmont and The Six Pack Songwriter Series. He’s shared the stage with local talents like Erin Lunsford, Michael Coleman, Matthew McAllister, Michael Clem, Travis Elliot, Genna Matthew, Justin Storer among others.
“Sun is Rising,” Tewksbury’s first full-length CD, produced by Butch Taylor (Robert Jospe Express, Carbon Leaf, Michael Coleman, DMB) at Scottsville, Virginia’s Ravensworth Studios, is slated for a May 20 release in Charlottesville with a full-band live performance of the record, track by track, and will be available from the artist directly, as well as iTunes and CD Baby. His 2011 debut EP, “Five Months from October” is also available for purchase.
Tewksbury currently teaches social studies in an alternative high school, lives in Charlottesville with his wife and four kids, loves the outdoors, deep waters, and hungers for all the world to know the power of abiding love.