Dave began performing in Charlottesville, Va. in 1977. Initially performing cover material in area clubs, Dave moved to Richmond, Va. in 1980 and subsequently teamed with Barry Charlton to create the duo Patchwork. Patchwork has performed 6000+ shows since that time. In 1994, Patchwork released a 10 song CD, including 5 original tunes from Dave. In 2000, Dave released his first solo CD, “Ocracoma”. This CD earned him “Songwriter Of The Year” from VOCAL (The Virginia Organization Of Composers And Lyricists) in 2000, and “Recording Artist Of The Year” in 2001. In 2003 Dave received honorable mention in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest for one of his newer compositions, “Shattered Chains”. In 2005 Dave was the Winner of The Flat Rock Music Festival Songwriter Competition in North Carolina.
Dave is still involved with Patchwork, but has been pursuing a solo career more dependent on his original material.
In January of 2009, Dave joined with Dale and Vickie Payne to form the trio “Triad” currently performing in the Richmond area.
Dave has also joined with Jim White from the area band The Wrest to form Whiskey Bizness. Formed in 2015 they are performing venues in Richmond as well.