Dave Wilson plays guitar and sings in the Rochester band Root River Jam.
1. Music background
Dave grew up in Preston and has been surrounded by music most of his life. He studied guitar and piano, played trombone in the school band, and took music courses in college.
“I learned how to sing harmony from my mom, and I was influenced by my brother, Chuck. He is one of the main reasons I wanted to play guitar. In fact, as soon as I could hold a guitar, he was showing me how to play.”
I’m all ears
“I have played by ear my whole life, even though I know how to read music. I’ve also been fortunate to play with some formally trained people.”
Root River Jam
“I wanted to get an acoustic band together, and now Root River Jam has taken on a life of its own. It’s a medium for me to do my songs.”
Method behind the music
“I write the majority of our songs. I just let it create what it is, and most of it is acoustic and folk sounding. The music will move around, and then there are these open parts where we can improvise.”
Favorite place to play
“I like patios. I like playing outside with the night coming down.”
Rochester music scene
“The receptiveness to live music has increased. Now there’s a culture, a movement that has developed where Rochester has become interested in its local people.”
“There’s a singer-songwriter vibe now in Rochester, and there’s a real focus on these musicians. It’s become a living, breathing cultural idea in this city.”
Root River Jam plays Americana folk blues and a progressive-sounding bluegrass called newgrass music.
Where to find Dave
You can find Dave and Root River Jam on April 22 at the Wicked Moose, on April 23 at Kinney Creek Brewery, and on April 27 at the Rochester Golf and Country Club. You can visit their website, rootriverjam.com, or find Root River Jam on Facebook.