David Landon

David Landon

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Blues - Rock | Berkeley, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 165   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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David Landon?s diverse composition style reflects years of living abroad and traveling around the US and the world. His tunes won?t fall under the banner of ?world music? however, but instead are distinctly American- steeped in blues, jazz, rock and roll and country.

Five years of living and playing in Paris, France at the end of the 80?s/early 90?s gave David the creative space to compose in the day and perform in the cafes and clubs at night. It was also a great time and place just to be living. A snapshot of those times can be heard on David?s first c.d. ?Doin? It On Your Own? (1995 Whip Records).

After returning to the U.S., David continued to perform in the blues clubs and festivals of the San Francisco Bay Area and in 1999 offered up a straight ahead (or as straight ahead as he could make it) blues c.d. ?Chasin? the Blues? (1999 Whip Records) met with critical acclaim and has sold well.

Aside from performing and composing, David uses his skills to help produce emerging artists out of the bay area- working in all aspects of production from song writing, arranging and engineering in the Bay?s hottest studios.

To contact David Landon, purchase c.d.s, hear more music, or book the David Landon Band, please visit: www.davidlandon.com or call Whip Records at: (510) 528-5440


BLUES BEAT INDY CD OF THE MONTH - Chasin' The Blues - 1999 - Whip 9038-2

Crackerjack blues-rock guitarist David Landon has put out his second recording, "Chasin' The Blues," (this one, all blues) and it's a good one. This Berkeley-based blues boy, with more than a touch of Hendrix in his soul and a couple of Jimi's compositions on the CD, worships at the guitar-feet of the late Johnny "Guitar" Watson and keeps his flame alive with ripping lines of stringed fever throughout this 50-minute, self-produced, mixed and arranged fireball.  Check the boy out!


 Chasin? the Blues - Blues Access Magazine - Summer 2000  

  Looking for guitar playing good enough to stop traffic? Then meet guitarist David Landon, who proved his point by playing in the streets of Paris for a few years before returning stateside. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area now, Landon creates plenty of excitement with his metal-edged rock guitar sound in his second outing, Chasin? the Blues.

     He refreshed several of the very standard standards he takes on- especially a funked up version of Carl Perkins? ? Blue Suede Shoes? ? by speeding ?em up, streamlining ?em and cutting loose with his Robben Ford-like liquid heat on the guitar.

     Landon?s also a solid, energetic singer, showing some spunk on ?Rock Me Baby? and ?I?m Ready.? Other influences? Well, let?s see: ? Red House? and ?Voodoo Chile? are here, alongside many meat and potato blues cuts and some originals. The rhythm section is firm and steady as a politician?s handshake, maybe a little too much so on coulda-been-a-swinger ?The Music?s Hot? and Johnny Guitar Watson?s ?Don?t Touch Me,? but all in all this is a very impressive straight-on blues performance.