About David Via
"Blues-grass", "Appalachian-funk", "Y'all-ternative"
Via (sounds like sky) is the winner of the 2009 International/American Folk Alliance Songwriters Contest,held at Mountain Stage, and has picked up MerleFest's-"Chris Austin Songwriter" prize three times.
They were chosen by BMI, ASCAP, Sony Records, TNN, & the Nashville Entertainment Association as one of the TOP 20 UNSIGNED BANDS IN AMERICA.
Via's songs are real: they tell the true stories of love gone wrong, living off the land, of hard times and good times.
DAVID VIA & CORN TORNADO put on a show that you'll never forget!
David's latest album, "All Night Long" is a solo project featuring the top acoustic and Grammy award winning artists and musicians of the day including; Dan Tyminksi, Wyatt Rice, Tim O' Brien, Jim Van Cleve, Ronnie Bowman, Curtis Burch , Randy Kohrs, Dennis Crouch, Rob McCoury, Sammy Shelor, Alan Bibey and many others!
David Via's other albums include "It All Comes Down To A Song" and "In A Holler on a Mountain" recorded with Corn Tornado as well as "The Via & Woody Show:Live at Lanta" with Woody Wood and "Tall"Paul Leech.
David's songs have also been recorded by other artist including Ronnie Bowman, who has had a top 10 Bluegrass hit with "Left This Country Boy" and a #1 Americana with the song "One Life". The Biscuit Burners also recorded a version of "Left this Country Boy" known as "Left This Country Girl" and "Lord Leave The Light On" recorded by Dede Wyland. Corn liquor was also recorded by Larry Keel, and Bill Cardine's latest CD has Via singing, one of his own songs Too many years, Via also sang on The Jumpy Jerky sessions opening track, "The Flee".
Here's what folks are saying...
"David Via is one of those guys whose name bluegrass fans may recognize, but without necessarily being familiar with his music. Unless you follow the jamgrass scene, where Via is a hero, or the cult of acoustic/bluegrass songwriters where he also has a very strong following." -Bluegrass Blog
"He is also one of the best songwriters in the business." -Bluegrass Unlimited
"David Via has surely made an indelible impression on fans of bluegrass, old-time and country music here and beyond." -Yes! Weekly
"David Via has fresh mountain air pouring out from all the edges of his songs." - Bluegrass Works
"Via is that kind of a guy, unassuming, charming, a masterful musician and songwriter, and, on occasion, unlucky or hapless in ways that might make a lesser man lose his cool or appear less than flattering." -Winston Salem Journal
"David Via is one of the best home grown songwriters in modern bluegrass." -Tim O'Brien"Enjoy the music, reflect on the lyrics, and remember the name." -Bluegrass Unlimited
"If you haven't seen or heard this group you are missing out my friends.David has earned himself quite a reputation as one of the most gifted musicians in our area and has been packing houses for years with his great sounds. Do yourself a favor and check out this band, you won't regret it in the least!" -The EnterActive
"Via's intriguing approach to old-time string music. The sound of his music is inarguably rooted in old-time bluegrass, so much so that one can almost hear the mountain leaves rustle, feel the freshly plowed earth and smell the smoke that emits from countless chimneys on cold mountain nights..What separates Via from his bluegrass contemporaries is the way he writes his songs. His lyrics and song forms break from tradition, not in a jarring manner, but in a subtle way that carries the listener to some place new without even knowing they are on a journey. It's bluegrass, with a strong country-blues undertone, and an overt allegiance to the working-man's folk music produced by the likes of the late Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash." -Winston Salem Journal
"A band which can combine technical ability, both musically and vocally, and songwriting has not been heard since New Grass Revival's dissolution in 1989. Some current bands whom have received such comparisons appear diminutive placed next to Via, Knicely, VanDeventer and Flower's intuitive interaction." -Jambands magazine
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