On this episode of Music Trails we meet one of Nashville’s best and well know Honky Tonk musicians David Graham. David shares his story which starts with realizing at a very young age, after first hearing Elvis’s Heat Break Hotel he knew all he wanted was to be was a "Rock Star". David will give us his insight into life in Nashville, from the changing demographics, to the local music scene. David’s blue collar, hard working live performances are memorable ranging from his residency at Layla's Honky Tonk in Nashville, to national and international audiences.
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David Graham was born in St. Louis, MO. When he was very young, he began performing for family – or anyone that would listen – playing and singing Elvis and Glen Campbell songs with a plastic, toy guitar.
At 5 years old, his family moved to a small town in Portland, OR, where a family friend taught him how to play "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis. David caught on quickly, and not long after that, his parents bought him his first electric guitar. From that moment on, any hope of a conventional life or job went straight out the window. "I did not choose this life, or career, it chose me,” David says.
At 15, David’s dad snuck him into a rough, dive honky-tonk, where he played his first professional gig. He spent his early years playing rock, punk,and blues before being called to country music, after hearing "Ramblin Fever" by Merle Haggard. Since then, he has played thousands of shows across the country and in Europe.
David now lives in Nashville, TN, where he writes, records and performs.
David’s goals are simple: to be the biggest and best male entertainer he can, and to write and perform songs that are real. David's Influences include: Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, The Stones, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, The Band, Johnny Cash, Hank Jr.Ray Price, KISS, Garth Brooks, Elvis, Bob Seager, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith,,Rod Stewart,,Roger Miller,,George Strait ,AC/DC,,Aretha Franklin, and Frank Sinatra.