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David Wilcox’s ongoing musical journey is compelling and richly deserving of a listen.
Cleveland-born David Wilcox’s 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. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now twenty records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans.
Wilcox is considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” with songs covered by 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 and a fearless ability to mine the depths of the human emotions of joy, sorrow, and everything in between, tempered by a quick and wry wit. In live performance, Wilcox loves making up a spontaneous song for an audience member in need. Anyone who has seen him perform more than once or twice has seen him concoct one of his “Musical Medicine” songs on the spot, full of lyrical artistry and musical inventiveness. Wilcox finds inspiration wherever he looks. The songs in turn provide inspiration to longtime listeners as well as those finding him for the first time.
His latest record, The View from the Edge (2018), is a collection of powerful new songs, many of which he has been performing at live shows for the past several years. It’s an album that reflects four years of thinking, writing, crafting, playing, and life.