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David Harvey


David Harvey grew up surrounded by the music of bluegrass pioneers, Red Allen, Frank Wakefield, the Osborne Brothers, and his father, mandolin great Dorsey Harvey.    He took to the mandolin at age eleven and hit the road at age 14, touring as a member of the Red Allen band.  

At age 21, David took a road trip to Colorado, and he didn't come back to the Midwest for five years.  He soon formed a group called the Reasonable Band and worked steadily along the front mountain range.   In no time, they landed big stages at renowned festivals Telluride, Durango, and many more.  During these years, David also began sweeping titles on the contest circuit.  Most notably Winfield National Mandolin Champion in 1980, Kerrville International Mandolin title in 1979 and World Mandolin Championship in Iowa in the same year. 

In 1985, David moved to Kentucky to be closer to family and was recruited by bluegrass great Larry Sparks.  He spent nearly 4 years with Sparks' band, The Lonesome Ramblers, and can heard on two classic recordings Gonna Be Movin' and Silver Reflections.  David is the author of the iconic mandolin kicks and breaks still emulated today on chestnuts like "Blue Virginia Blues", "Kentucky Girl", and "Tennessee 1949".   In September of 2003, Sparks called David back to the studio to record his monumental album "40".  

In 1989, David and his wife, Jan formed the group Wild and Blue.  During the band's 12 year run, they were featured on the Grand Ole' Opry,  performed at the Ryman Auditorium, played countless festivals, recorded five projects, achieved some chart success, and were awarded SPBGMA's Best New Band in 1992.  In 2000 Jan and David welcomed their new daughter, Emma into their lives.  

Shortly after, David joined Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time on the road and in the studio.  He is featured on the Grammy nominated and IBMA awarded Murder On Music Row.  David is still touring with LST.  

In the last decade, David also toured and recorded with life-long friend Harley Allen.  They are both featured on the Grammy winning tribute Livin', Lovin', Losin' - Songs of the Louvin Brothers.  Additionally, David toured for 3 plus years with Claire Lynch and is featured on her Brand New Day recording.

David's production credits include two Moody Bluegrass projects, featuring over 30 Bluegrass artists and members of the Moody Blues too.  This afforded David the invitation to produce a couple of songs for Justin Hayward's solo project Spirits of the Western Sky in 2013.

David has been teaching guitar, fiddle, and mandolin for 3 decades and is thankful to be part of the wonderful Kaufman Kamp!   


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