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Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen, and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now eighteen records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.
Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, won the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Award in 1988, and by 1989 had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over one hundred thousand copies on the first year largely by word of mouth.
Considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” Wilcox has composed songs that have been covered by renowned artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar; thoroughly written songs; and a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow, and everything in between—all tempered by a quick and wry wit.
Reflecting on well over twenty years of record making and touring extensively around the United States and the world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the headlights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”
David Wilcox’s ongoing musical journey is compelling and richly deserving of a listen.
Fueled by brilliantly articulate guitar, an honestly pretty baritone, and deft lyrics, he combines the best of both pop and modern folk aesthetics.
But Wilcox has that specific inner light―he can carry any issue of significance to him straight into a listener’s heart . . . And when he does it, to borrow one of his song titles, he makes it look easy.