David has been playing blues, folk, roots and rock music for 35 years, performing primarily his own compositions for the last decade. The quality of his music is shaped by his personal life history, which has taken in a broad swath of experiences – working in a paper mill, living rough in a remote one-room cabin without plumbing or electricity, leading a small computer technology corporation as CEO, securing venture support for an internet search engine, and taking part in numerous political actions. Over the years these experiences have solidified and strengthened his perspective as a devout atheist, democratic socialist and advocate for social justice and the environment. While his politics permeate a number of his songs, he enjoys writing and performing personal songs about love (and lust), and occasionally, some with a twist of dry humor.
David's early influences included Bob Dylan, John Prine, The Band, James and Livingston Taylor, Mississippi John Hurt, Eric Anderson, Elizabeth Cotton, and John Fahey. During recent years his interest has been focused on delta blues music, particularly Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, the Reverend Gary Davis, the Mississippi Sheiks and, more recently, R. L. Burnside and Tab Benoit. He enjoys playing a variety of four-string and six-string guitars.
David has been playing in bars, coffee houses, restaurants, brew pubs and wineries around the Finger Lakes region of New York State. He took the stage name “David Graybeard” after talking with Jane Goodall over a glass of good scotch. She christened him with the name of one of her chimps – for obvious reasons.
David also plays in a band that incorporates the talents of Bev Fitzpatrick (vocals and composition), Greg Ezra (percussion), Gordon Holloway (guitar and composition), Bernie Fitzpatrick (guitar) and Joe Hillebrandt (bass and vocals). All the members of the band are actively involved in the careful arrangement of every song, collectively evolving a unique blues and folk/rock sound.